From tj–(at)– Wed Nov 23 18:47:16 CST 1994
Article: 28735 of alt.guitar
From: tj–(at)– (tim stanley)
Newsgroups: alt.guitar
Subject: Pickup FAQ on www
Date: 22 Nov 94 22:48:53
Organization: U of M
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1) I have built a www home page that contains:
The acoustic and electric pickup review FAQs
The pickup review form
Pickup Shielding FAQ
Pickup Rewiring FAQ
Stewart MacDonalds Humbucker color code FAQ
Some other FAQ stuff that I keep

2) Have you recently bought a new pickup?
Care to contribute a review?
Pull over the pickup review form and send your review.

For the non-www’ed here is the pickup review form:


I collate the alt.guitar/* electric and acoustic pickup FAQ
and review list. If you are reading this, either you asked about
pickups, mentioned that you just purchased a new pickup, or otherwise
implied personal knowledge about specific pickups for which a review
would be great. So, you can contribute to this FAQ by providing a
review! I hope that this is helpful and I look forward to hearing
>from you.


Tim Stanley

P.S. Thanks to everyone who replied so far!

Generic Pickup Review FAQ Template

(mail to tj–(at)–

Manufacturer: Model:
Your name :
email :
Date of review :
Your musical style(s) :
Guitar or Bass :
Pickup features :
Cost :
Purchased from :
Impedance or other specs:
Pickup being replaced :
Neck/Mid/Bridge position:
Other pickups on guitar :

Artists using this pickup:

Reason for pickup change:

Perceived output level :
(let’s try to provide more useful info than the typical manufacturer’s
Hot, UltraHot, MegaHot, to-die-forHot, so-hot-you-don’t-need-an-amp,
😉 e.g., normal, nearly the same as…, slightly more than…, etc.

(bassy, middy, muddy, trebly, balanced, whatever)

Candid sonic evaluation:
(flame-proof, too)

Styles and positions for which this pickup is (un)suitable:

On a scale of 1 to 11, I give this pickup a:

Are you satisfied with this pickup or still searching for *that* sound?:


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