Hello there, back again with another cool article for you. This time we will be looking at covered vs uncovered humbucker pickups and will see whether if they sound any different.
I have been planning to install pickup covers on my Seymour Duncan 35th Anniversary JB / Jazz set as my Ibanez AR300 comes with a covered pair of pickups. It should be a matter of taste thing, let’s see if covered vs uncovered humbucker makes any difference in guitar tones.
So I’m not going to judge anything here, instead one can easily claim that I’m quite biased in this post. I have recently started liking the covered humbucker look 🙂
After I upgraded my pickups to Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz 35th Anniversary Set set, I tried to remove the covers from default pickups and install them on my new pickups, but they didn’t fit.
In addition, it was almost impossible to find an exact cover for your pickups in my country. I sent a couple of e-mails to Seymour Duncan and SD dealers in Turkey, but so far no reply!
Finally, I found someone selling a pair of pickup covers for Seymour Duncan branded pickups. I can’t say I don’t like zebra pickups but nowadays covered look of humbuckers appeals to me a lot more than a naked one.
I was actually going to prepare a post regarding installing covers on humbucker pickups but after I went through Youtube videos, I noticed these awesome channels had already done much better tutorial videos than I could achieve. Here are some great examples:
Do pickup covers affect the guitar tone?
Can you hear the difference? If not, you are probably deaf! They actually sound different and it’s very easy to hear it even in a mediocre recording. The guitar was plugged directly into the RME Babyface interface along with the LePou Lextac VST plugin!
Do you prefer a covered or uncovered humbucker sound?
Also, if you have any questions about how to install the cover, I will be more than happy to answer them. Thanks for reading and watching!