Keeping under the radar: Curtis Novak Classic Pickups
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I believe a pickup should NOT be thought of in terms of output, but rather of input. The function of a pickup is to sense the string and send as wide of a tone band as possible to your rig.

Contrary to the way pickups have been marketed for the past 20 years, a pickup is an input device, NOT an output device. Measuring, or rating a pickup in terms of output is like rating a mouse, in terms of screen resolution, or pixels per inch.
A pickup is a sensor and its job is to sense the strings vibration and send that signal to an output device, your amp. The objective of any sensor is to have the greatest dynamic range, and fidelity to capture what ever it is designed to sense. You can then decide, as the end user, to accentuate or eliminate elements at your discretion. But you can not post process and accentuate what your sensor did not pickup! (more...)

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