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New Epiphone Mandobird Stacked Humbucker Replacement Pickup

"Just had practice and the pickup sounds GREAT! Real balanced and real crunchy when the distortion comes in super huge, thanks man!!! 
- Nick C. Seligman, MO

In response to several inquiries, an upgrade is now available for the economy pickup used in the Epiphone Mandobird. A neodymium bar magnet replaces the ceramic one for a warmer tone and the stacked coils help eliminate the noise produced by ambient EMR. Also included is a ground wire and copper tape to help shield the wires in the channel under the pickguard. 

Instructions for installation can be found here.

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Fender Electric Mandolin Replacement Pickups

Are you disappointed with the pickup in your Fender electric mandolin? Get a boost in output, tone and enjoyment with custom wound replacement pickups. Available in single coil and stacked humbucker models. 

FM-52E Four pole pickup and pickguard assembly

Single coil $120
Stacked humbucker $150

Ryder 3, 4 and 5 Pole Electric Mandolin Pickups

All magnetic pickups are handwound on the coil winder pictured on the Rewinding page. Standard coil wire is AWG #43 unless the design requires the use of another gauge.

Choosing the Right Pickup

There are three basic types of magnetic mandolin pickups available; single coil, humbucker, and stacked humbucker. All pickups are available with either 4 or 5 poles. Due to their higher permeability, nickel strings are best suited for magnetic pickups than bronze, phosphor bronze or stainless steel strings. 

Musicians or builders not familiar with electric instruments can use the following as guidelines for selecting the proper pickup for your instrument.

Single coil 

Due to the narrow sensing aperture or 'window', single coil pickups produce a clear tone with a strong middle/low end and ringing trebles. Single coils however have the disadvantage of also picking up and amplifying ambient EMR from lights, amps, etc. This 60 Hz hum can be annoying in some situations, especially at loud volumes. Shielding does help but will not eliminate it entirely. Two single coils can also be used in a RWRP combination to emulate a humbucker. (see The Humbucking Effect)

 

  Humbucker*

Tonally humbuckers are less clear and bright as compared to single coils due to the magnetic aperture sensing a longer portion of the string. Humbuckers can be electrically split by shorting out one coil to ground making it essentially a single coil. The downside of this is it decreases output and bass end, and negates it's hum-cancelling ability. 4 conductor wiring allows for series/parallel, phase reverse, or split coil options. Can be mounted on a pickguard or black rectangular ring (available separately).

Stacked Humbucker*

Because of it's narrow aperture this is a good compromise between the humbucker's hum-cancelling ability and the clarity of a single coil. The output is much the same as a single coil. 

 

 

Electric Dulcimer

3-pole single coil pickup with .500" pole spacing. A stacked humbucker is also available.

The Humbucking Effect*

Pole orientation combined with winding rotation will produce a humbucking effect when opposite conditions are used in two separate coils. Thus, if one pickup (or coil) is 'north on top' with clockwise winding rotation and the other is 'south on top' with counterclockwise rotation, ( also referred to as RWRP), the two used together will be humbucking, cancelling the hum caused by extraneous EMR (electromagnetic radiation) given off by amplifiers, fluorescent lights, etc. This is the basic principle behind the humbucking pickup invented by Seth Lover in 1956 while working for Gibson Guitars.

Pickup Pricelist

Mandolin

  • 4 pole single coil..................................$70.
  • 5 pole single coil..................................$75.
  • 4 pole humbucker.................................$120.
  • 5 pole humbucker.................................$135.
  • 4 pole stacked humbucker......................$100.
  • 5 pole stacked humbucker......................$105.
  • Black pickup ring for humbucker...............$25.
  • Mandobird Stacked Humbucker................$105.

Dulcimer

  • 3 pole single coil..................................$60.
  • 3 pole stacked humbucker.....................$90.

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