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The tone of alnico V (5) magnets in guitar pickups - alnico V vs Alnico II

Wow, what an alnico ride we have been on so far!  Just in case you have not, I recommend you begin by reading parts one, two and three of this series to get up to speed on all things alnico!  Or, if you JUST want to learn a little more about the tone of Alnico V (A5), then feel free to jump right in right here! In the mid 1950's, Alnico grade 5 was a BIG deal!  Alnico formulations 1, 2, and 3 were already revolutionizing the world of electronics, and of particular interest to we musicians,...

The qualaties, properties, and tone of Alnico II (2) the musical magnet

Okay, so you are officially reading part THREE in my series on the different grades of Alnico, You might just want to start with part one, where alnico in general is broken down into historical context, and also part two, which discusses the properties of "alnico" III, the weakest of all produced alnico grades.  But this time around we are going to discuss alnico II, my personal favorite of the alnico family.  Why is it my favorite??  Let's discuss THAT! For reference is the chart of the...

the mystical magical qualities ofalnico 3 / iii guitar pickups

Howdy guitar friends!! The next four or so blogs are ALL going to start with THIS statement: Before you read this blog, at least skim over this blog explaining exactly what AlNiCo (alnico) magnet material is and how the grades of alnico compare to each other as well as the other magnet materials commonly found in guitar pickups and speakers.  Now it's time to do a little deep diving into the individual AlNiCo grades commonly found in pickups and speakers.  Let's start with the very first formulation to be readily used...

The Differences between catagories of alnico magnets Alnico II vs Alnico V and more!

Howdy guitar gang! Today we start our conversation on the somewhat  "Black Magic" topic of AlNiCo magnets; their composition, qualities, and what that means to their tone. AlNiCo magnets go all the way back to their development in the 1930s. AlNiCo magnets get their name from what they are made of and that would be the metals aluminum, AL, nickel, NI, and cobalt, CO along with iron and other trace elements. In the blogs that will follow this one we will get into the individual qualities of the various grades of...

Happy 4th of July!

This Fourth of July weekend, Warehouse Guitar Speakers, All Pedal, and Vaughn Skow Guitar Pickups join in honoring our nation and celebrating our collective commitment to liberty and freedom for all. We wish you a safe and fun Fourth of July filled with bright and musical moments with family and friends.  Chuck Berry said it best: "I'm So Glad I'm Living In The USA!".

Vintage Guitar Amps, a Hedge Against Inflation?

Howdy guitar buddies!  If you have not thus far, go now and read last weeks blog to get up to speed on WHY we all need to figure out how to financially survive the next year or so. Last week I gave you my take on the viability of trading your rapidly eroding fiat/fake dollars into the hard asset of a vintage guitar.  Just like last week, I must issue this disclaimer: the views in this blog are mine and mine alone, I speak for other individual or company!!! Got that?? Okay, now...  lets roll! If you have been...

Vintage Guitars, a Good Hedge against inflation in 2022 ?

413 - Vintage Guitars a Good Hedge aginst inflation in 2022? So, wow!  I mean, wow.  2022 is shaping up to be quite interesting and we are seeing not just the United States, but really the entire Western World, change more dramatically than a human population this large has EVER encountered.  First I MUST say that this blog is the opinion of ME and only me personally, not the opinion of Warehouse Guitar Speakers, Vaughn Skow Pickups, All-Pedal or any other entity that aint ME!  Okay, with that outta...

The Ultimate Guitar players In-Ear Monitor Survival Guide Part Two - The Pack

Okay gang, if you have arrived here and have NOT read the last three blogs on playing direct and in-ear monitoring, do it now! Okay with that out of the way, let's get right down to it, quick-n-simple! When you can, use a wired, NOT wireless pack! Why on earth would you drag a CABLE around you might ask, and that's simple: they ALWAYS sound better. Period.  Even the cheapest Shure wired packs sound friggin excellent.  So if you are a drummer, keyboard player, or any player who basically stays in the same area...

The Ultimate Guitar players In-Ear Monitor Survival Guide Part One - The Earbuds

Okay guitar gang, these days it is getting more and more common for us guitar players to be forced to play direct and hear yourself ONLY through the ear-buds.  Wow, that takes some time getting used to.  And so ... My first suggestion: Whatever buds you ultimately end up using, spend a ton of time playing your guitar and your guitar with backing tracks using the in-ears.  This way, you will already be ahead of the game by being comfortable and confident with the tone of the in-ears. My second...

If Ya Only Had ONE Modeler to Gig Direct With, Which One Should You Choode

Hi guitar friends!  Last week we discussed two great options for the ONE amp you can bring to a gig and need NOTHING else.  Check that blog out!  But these days we often are not even allowed an amp, we must play "direct" listening via in-ear monitors.  Now, a decade or so back this was like a death sentence, but these days it's really a cool option once you get used to it.  I'll discuss actually USING in-ears next week, but for now, let's talk about the one singular piece of gear you can place at...

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