šŸŒ¶ļø Special Sauce, Unicorn Dust, Voodoo and Mojo? šŸ¦„

In this business I am often informed of a guitar pickup "It's just wire wrapped around a magnet". This is a literal interpretation of what a pickup is, but it doesn't explain what the pickup does. There is a lot more going on under the hood. "It's not rocket science" is another statement I hear often about guitar pickups. Also true. The physics behind guitar pickups and rocket science are known as Quantum Electro-Dynamics (QED). Both guitar pickups and rocket technology share this in common!

These theories are very well understood and with every new electronic gadget, car or motor, they're again proven. There is no voodoo in an electric motor, a transformer, inductor, antenna, or a guitar pickup.

Usually at this point a pickup marketing department fills the knowledge gap with some mystical descriptors - "voodoo" "mojo" "unicorn dust" and "special sauce". Sure there are things we (pickup makers) do to achieve our tones, but they are quantifiable in every detail. A lot of research and development goes into making a guitar pickup sound great!

There are parts of pickup design and Electrical Engineering that are very difficult to explain, but let me assure you, they are not mystical in nature!

We focus on the business of Science so you can get on with the business of Art.

Just Great Tone! :)

Cheers, Ben Bailey.

JJ's Guitar Pickups

~ Just Great Tone~


Posted 28 March 2021

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