Thursday, 15 January 2015
so who is this guy and what has he got to do with new guitar design?
Baron Carl Auer von Welsbach (1858 - 1929)
Austrian scientist and inventor who studied under Robert Bunsen (yes, the inventor of the Bunsen Burner).
for our purposes, he discovered a most important element on the periodic table
and moreover, the element found it's way into the design (much later in 1982) of Neodymium magnets
there is a designer who has been using Neodymium magnets in his pickups for 25 years.
and when I first used them I was swept off my feet and fell in love.
first off, let's hear the new Q Tuner 2.0 single coils in action
amazing frequency response from 10hz to 10khz.
let's look at an earlier inception of the Q Tuner design
side wound pickups and adjustable pole pieces all over the place!
the 2.0 pickups have been simplified (not compromised) and look like, well, a covered pickup. as in this picture.
but did I mention that they are a PASSIVE pickup? I haven't had much luck with active pickups in the past. not to say that that won't change in the future.
for the full story, including more demos and pickup types for bass and guitar
by the way, Erno at Q Tuner also builds guitars like the one above. If you are interested drop him a line.
If his guitars are anything like the pickups they hold,
you are in for a treat.