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Guest stuartmaxwell

surely the wax would melt while playing live??

it does sound like bull shit to me, why doesnt the fool buy a graphic equalizer??

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Guest Electric Tibet

It's called wax potting. The wax stops the internal parts of the pickup from vibrating, preventing microphonic feedback (the really really high pitched squealy type). Most pickups have this done when they're made.

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surely the wax would melt while playing live??

it does sound like bull shit to me' date=' why doesnt the fool buy a graphic equalizer??[/quote']

I think you'd have to be a really..... hot... (chortle chortle, tisk tisk).. guitarist to do that, doesn't wax melt at about 60/70 degrees C?

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Yeah Electric Tibet is right. Fender Jaguars and what not are prone to microphonic feedback. Potting pick ups does not stop feedback just that specific type.

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Guest stuartmaxwell

aye but with the lights and the sweat and the like?? :)

whenever i have played it normally feels like a 100 degrees, never mind gigs that are heaving...

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Guest lime ruined my life

the wax melts at very very high temperatures, it will not melt on stage.

when i did this i used 2/3's pelets for making candles which i got from the art shop on school hill,, and 1/3 bees wax (to stop it being too brittle)i got from a hardware store on george street,

you too can do this, put the wax in a tin you dont mind having wax melted in, lower the tin in a pan of boiling water, melt the wax together in the tin,, and dip your pickups in holding it by a wire (coathanger through one of the screw holes), if air bubbles espcape, then it wasnt potted right. the wax is very hot though, so careful.

you usually only need to do this on cheap pickups. i.e stock on a squire. you can test if they are microphonic by shouting into them, if it comes through loud and acts like a microphone you might consider wax potting.

wax potting may also change the tone of you're pickup, for the worse, or better, depending.

microphonic pickups can be useful, if you're into that sort of thing.

i have a whole bunch of stock microphonic pickups in a cupboard, which i might use one day.

perhaps to make a robot which can love.

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all correct, however you MUST use at least 1/3 beeswax in the wax mix to get the best result - the rest can be anything, even candle wax.

Microphonic feedback is horrible, my stock BC Rich pickups used to give this feedback ....

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you can test if they are microphonic by shouting into them' date=' if it comes through loud and acts like a microphone you might consider wax potting.

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Or not cause it's an ace trick. Although flicking your guitar up and screaming into the pickups maybe doesn't have quite the same effect if you're a nice quiet indie band.

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Guest lime ruined my life
Or not cause it's an ace trick. Although flicking your guitar up and screaming into the pickups maybe doesn't have quite the same effect if you're a nice quiet indie band.

im not in an indie band...

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just trust me... if you had microphonic feedback - you'd know about it... its truly fucking disgusting..

quite unlike the controlled feedback you might expect - if the pickup poles move around at all you will get horrific squeeling

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Guest stuartmaxwell

its a novelty trick that bands use to deflect attention from the fact that they have no songs :dunce:

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