#1
Hey,

this isn't a "which is better" thread, but rather, what's the difference?

I feel kind of stupid, because I've heard the term Alnico 2 thrown around a lot in pickup talk, and it never occured to me, that there must be an alnico 1 and 3 as well!

So what's the difference? How do they compare tonally? Is alnico 2 just the standard magnet in pickup's now?
#3
Alnico is an alloy made of aluminium, nickel and cobalt - different numbers means different ratios of those metals, alnico 2 and 5 are the most commonly used ones in pickups.

Alnico 2 magnets are typically found in lower output pickups, it gives a warm sound, soft attack and spongy bottom end. Alnico 5 will give a sharper attack and more top end.
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^ What he said. Alnico V is the most common pickup magnet, followed by ceramic, followed by Alnico II, followed by Alnico VIII. I'm not aware of any other types being used.
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III is used occasionally. I think it's meant to be very transparent/neutral-sounding, and may is the lowest in output of all of them? Not sure.

IV is used a fair bit too by the more boutique companies in their pafs. don't think i've tried IV, and i've only tried III once or twice (and can't remember much about it ).
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^ What he said. Alnico V is the most common pickup magnet, followed by ceramic, followed by Alnico II, followed by Alnico VIII. I'm not aware of any other types being used.


there's an alnico viii what does that sound like?

a while back i noticed a lot of people talked about the alnico V. since then, i've done some research and found that most of the tone i loved had the alnico v in the pickups and had an alnico in the speaker. i've been convinced that's the secret to good tone
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there's an alnico viii what does that sound like?

a while back i noticed a lot of people talked about the alnico V. since then, i've done some research and found that most of the tone i loved had the alnico v in the pickups and had an alnico in the speaker. i've been convinced that's the secret to good tone


It's sounds closer to a ceramic, but retains the "smooth" quality of alnico V, but it's quite a bit more aggressive than an alnico V

Some winders also use neodymium (sp) magnets.
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^ What he said. Alnico V is the most common pickup magnet, followed by ceramic, followed by Alnico II, followed by Alnico VIII. I'm not aware of any other types being used.

I've seen neodymium before, but I don't remember any details. it might have been a custom thing, might have been some guy's experiment, might have been a cheap piece of mass produced crap.

Edit:

Personally, I still think ceramic is the best. it's got just the right tone for me.
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