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  1. dimitri
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 06:25:31

    “Aluminium is a much better conductor than copper. This gives you less resistance and higher output”

    wrong explanation, nice try.

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  2. Jonas
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 00:06:40

    Wrong explanation is right:
    http://metals.about.com/od/properties/a/Electrical-Conductivity-In-Metals.htm
    Copper is a better conductor. Also, Alumitone “Humbuckers” are not really humbuckers in the following way: the North Finish and South Start are electrically connected (with resistance between), so you can’t split coils, you can only tap one coil off in the middle for lower impedance and less turns.You absolutely cannot put two coils in series because there is only one coil (as far as I can tell with an ohm meter.) The green wire is either a dummy or just shielding: not electrically connected to the one coil.
    That said, these pickups sound great to me. They don’t deliver any vintage tones, just some very good modern tones. From Jerry Garcia-ish to Satriani-like, but different. My cup of tea for sure. With such a great product, you would hope Lace would give customers accurate information. Here’s Lace implying that aluminum has less resistance than copper, and that these might be humbuckers:
    http://www.lacemusic.com/Alumitone_Humbucker.php
    Only a few customers would figure that out, yes, but honesty is golden, which has a conductance and resistivity somewhere between copper and aluminum.

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  3. Poofy Buttons
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 17:24:34

    Pure copper is a better conductor, but it tarnishes. Pure 110 or 101 copper is also about six times as expensive as pure 1100 aluminum. Silver and gold are better than both of them but they are VERY expensive. 1100 AL is the most conductive non-corroding, non-precious, affordable metal. That’s the real reason.
    http://eddy-current.com/conductivity-of-metals-sorted-by-resistivity/

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