Magnet Swap

Discussion in 'The Pickup Place' started by Intoamartian, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Intoamartian

    Intoamartian Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2021
    My #1 is a Gibson SG Standard with 490r and 498t. I did a magnet swap between them: the A2 from the 490 into the 498 and the A5 then into the 490r.

    It made the neck a bit more clear and the bridge smoother. Overall a relatively easy and simple change!

    Anyone else do something similar with magnet swap?
  2. BCBlues55

    BCBlues55 Newbie

    Mar 20, 2021
    I don’t have that set of pickups, so I can’t speak from personal experience, but I understand that’s a very common mod and that people really like it.

    I have a set of Duncan 59’s in an old Epiphone les Paul. I didn’t like the A2 magnets that came in the original pickups, so I tried a bunch of different magnets, figuring it was cheaper than buying new pickups. I ended up with an A3 magnet in the neck, which gave it a clearer output, and an Unoriented A5 in the bridge. The UOA5 is like a cross between the A2 and A5 magnets - warmer than an A5 but not as much output. Made a big difference!

    Magnet swaps are a lot of fun, and as I mentioned, it’s cheaper than a new pickup!
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  3. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    When I was younger I swapped magnets and coils all over the place amongst a drawer full of humbuckers. I didn't document that particular journey very well, it was usually just an attempt to find a combination that worked and sounded at least okay.

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