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5 Comments

  1. dimitri
    August 31st, 2012 @ 6:25 am

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

    wrong explanation, nice try.

  2. Jonas
    February 27th, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    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.

  3. Poofy Buttons
    November 6th, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    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/

  4. Phil
    April 2nd, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

    Silver is the only metal which conducts electricity better than copper. Both silver and copper tarnish which is why gold is frequently used in electronics. Aluminum conducts electricity at 60% percent the rate of copper. Aluminum sounds about the same as copper in audio applications but is weaker. Aluminum can be modified with silver plating for better performance. Electricity flows over the outer surface of metal. Electricity does not flow internally through metal.

  5. Johnj
    December 16th, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

    Remember the aluminum house wiring disaster?

    All metals oxidize over time. Gold oxidizes the keast and slowest.

    The reason why copper is Better overall is because the oxide of copper is ALSO a conductor. –The oxide of aluminum is Not, hence all the house fires.

    Don’t know how this will affect performance over time at low V/A junctions, but there Will be oxidation, meaning more resistance at connection points.

    Very cool though. Wonder how they would do on a 12 string Strat?

    Also, are they ‘noisy’ when finger picking like some rails?

    Need more reviews/info before I spend the $$$, -but I would try these.

    Good, little known point about conduction at surfaces. -True.