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#1 gn0me

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Posted 18 February 2003 - 06:30 PM

A few days ago I posted that I was getting horrible feedback, and I didn't get help, so I researched the topic.

I found out that I have microphonic pickups. Cheaper pickups crap out and somehow that isn't supposed to vibrate vibrates.

I guess you can fix your pickup with some form of a wax. You pour wax into your pickup or something. Im just going to buy new pickups.

IF YOUR GUITAR HAS LOST ITS TONE OR IT FEEDS BACK IT MIGHT HAVE MICROPHONIC PICKUPS.

To test this, put your amp on accoustic whatever, no effects or distortion.

Get a plastic item such as a guitar pick or a plastic straw whatever.

Tap the pick on the pickup WITHOUT touching the strings.

If you hear a tap in the amp YOUR PICKUPS ARE MICROPHONIC.

RESPOND WITH KNOWLEDGE ON MICROPHONIC PICKUPS PLEASE. I MAY NOT BE RIGHT.

#2 g_weed420

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Posted 19 February 2003 - 06:30 AM

my pickups make a noise when i hit em... i frequently use it in my quest to use as few notes and chords as possible... they don't cr*p out or be microhonic.. sorry

#3 mrscrunter

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Posted 19 February 2003 - 10:27 AM

The test i've always heard is put the clean channel on your amp on, check if there's any buzzing, tap the pickup with your finger without touching the string, if it makes a lound noise (not just a tiny little tap) then they might be microphonic.

I read this on a crappy website and never really trusted it so i don't really know if it's true or not.



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#4 bluesbass

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Posted 19 February 2003 - 04:03 PM

microphonic is a term used to describe pick-ups and preamp tubes.

it simply means that they start to pick up things (like a microphone) that they shouldn't and didn't used to: particularly trbley things.

really hot pickups that are still good, will pick up you tapping on them. if light fret buzz starts going through your amp (and it never did before), something has probably gone micro. on you...

waxxing is more for overly hot p-ups, not for microphonics: at least not that i've ever heard (my experience lies more with microphonic tubes). once something has gone microphonic it's probably caput...

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#5 richardmorris

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Posted 19 February 2003 - 06:27 PM

I answered this when you first brought it up. Go back to the first post. BTW tapping on a pickup will produce a sound thru the amp when its active. It does not have to be microphonic to do this. Its normal. Replace your pickup/s



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