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Alnico MMK45's?

Post by Barry on Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:00 pm

I wish to axe a kestchun...

I was looking at the cat scan for the Vantage VS600 "Witch" over at the Matsumoku Forum, and I noticed, for the first time (duh), that it came with "Alnico magnets".
http://www.matsumoku.org/models/vantage/catalogs/c1980s/pg2.html

Why am I puzzled you axe? The pups in mine are stamped MMK45, which we have confirmed are ceramics. Both the catalog and my guitar are 1980.

Does anyone have a VS600 with Alnico MMK45's? (and, how to check that anyway)? Is this just another early Mats marketing confusion?
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Re: Alnico MMK45's?

Post by corsair on Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:56 pm

No idea, fella... I'll check to see what my 696-12 has got, and what it's supposed to have.

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Post by Adey on Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:20 am

I'm with Barry on the magnet identification - how can you tell?
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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:51 am

alnico magnets are metal and will conduct electricity, ceramic magnets will not.

alnico magnets can be distinguished from ceramic magnets by using an ohm meter.
touch both probes to the magnet material
the alnico magnet will read 0 ohms
the ceramic magnet will read infinity ohms
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Re: Alnico MMK45's?

Post by Barry on Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:15 pm

Ahh yes, I believe I recall reading that somewhere once upon a time. Thanks Mike.
Now to figure out how many, if any, of my 45's are Alnico. Should take some time to do!

Let's see if the membership is interested enough to join in with this experiment. Could be interesting.

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Post by corsair on Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:20 pm

I've got a few 45s spare, so I'll check them, but anything else'll have to wait for string changes!!

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Re: Alnico MMK45's?

Post by Barry on Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:20 am

Spare 45's? Good for you.
All mine are installed and will have to wait for a string change too. I do have UBC's handy and I can confirm that those bad boys are ceramic!

BTW, further clarification for anyone still not sure, if you're using a:
Digital meter  ALNICO displays "0" (zero)-CERAMIC shows the numeral "1" (infinity)
Analog meter ALNICO displays "0" (zero)-CERAMIC shows no reading (no needle movement)

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