#1
If I were to take the humbucker cover off of one of my humbuckers, would it hurt it? Would it sound very different, and how? Also, how would I take it off?
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#2
It'll get a hotter sound. Compare the sound of a standard SG, and a special SG, and you'll get an idea.
#3
theres a common misconception about covers.

Will it hurt the pickup? if you dont f-up taking it off then it'll be fine.
Will it sound different? unless you had a well trained ear, you wouldn't tell the difference.
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#4
probably there's just a blob of solder holding it on, and dont move the ribbon around under the cover.
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#5
^ i thought you were banned Jenny.

and to answer your question. It will not hurt it if you have a brain. And it will give a slightly hotter sound and usually increase midrange.
#6
it will not change the sound... WILL NOT. it used to, back when the covers were made out of steel... i dont remember what the steel would do but somehow it thickened the tone. but nowadays the covers are made out of nickel so you can get good sharp tones without removing the pickup covers...
#7
actually it depends on the exact pickup. some lower end covered pickups need all the help they can get and taking off the cover, gives them a little more noticable (brighter) tone difference.
dont see a ton of low end covered pickups tho.
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#8
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it will not change the sound... WILL NOT. it used to, back when the covers were made out of steel... i dont remember what the steel would do but somehow it thickened the tone. but nowadays the covers are made out of nickel so you can get good sharp tones without removing the pickup covers...


If they were nickel it would effect the tone. They're actually zinc plated in nickel.
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#9
I can't really say that I've ever seen an example of "removed pickup covers" where "screwing with the amp" wouldn't have provided an identical result.
#10
Quote by Funky P
If they were nickel it would effect the tone. They're actually zinc plated in nickel.

I believe the "good" old covers were "nickel silver" and made the tone darker and rounder. The newer covers (on pickups that aren't high quality) are some crappy grade nickel that absolutely ruins the top end and should be removed immediately.

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#11
Quote by power freak
I believe the "good" old covers were "nickel silver" and made the tone darker and rounder. The newer covers (on pickups that aren't high quality) are some crappy grade nickel that absolutely ruins the top end and should be removed immediately.



Aren't most new covers chrome-plated?