Alnico Bar Magnet

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Build or repair pickups with these authentic '50s parts! Just like the originals!

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Alnico 5

Item # 5945
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6 or more $4.82

Alnico 2

Item # 2945
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6 or more $4.82
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Build or repair pickups with these authentic '50s parts! Just like the originals!

2-1/2" x 1/2" x 1/8"
(63.5mm x 12.7mm x 3.175mm)

Choose Alnico 5 or Alnico 2 magnets:
Alnico 2 magnets give a warmer tone and low end response with smooth, singing highs. Many builders use them in the bridge pickups of solidbodies.
Alnico 5 produces a brighter tone with a tighter low end and stinging highs. They're great for neck position pickups, to help keep the tone clear without getting muddy.

The Alnico 2 magnets are marked red on one end to tell them apart from Alnico 5's. Supplied with full magnetic charge. Sold individually.

Product Instructions

Humbucker Pickup Kit

Assembly instructions for the humbucker pickup kit.

Ratings & Reviews

Alnico Bar Magnet

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Honk instead of ice pick

By JLane from Brackett, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 09, 2014

For just a few bucks, this little alnico 2 bar changed the sound in an Asian HSH Strat quite pleasantly. The bridge pickup originally had an alnico 5 mag in it and BOY was it ice picky! It was a $200 guitar so what the heck. I put the StewMac alnico 2 bar in it and left it unpotted. Has a nice little "honk" to it now instead of ice picks in your ear. Didn't really lose output either. Thanks again Stew Mac.

Magnets make difference

By rafsza from EU
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 13, 2013

After reading some articles about influence of different magnets on pickup sound I decided to give it a try with this Alnico magnet. I was surprised how much the change met my expectation. That was what I needed.

As Advertised

By dexfx from Taber, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Put these in 57 classics to replace the A2s in those pickups. Worked a charm, no issues, sounds as pro as can be.

What a difference in sound.

By Chuck from Sagamore Beach, Ma
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 19, 2013

Replaced some ceramics with these, and the difference in tone and balance was astounding. I had to shorten a couple for some Epi pick-ups and ground them with a stone wheel no problem.

Alnico 2 Bar Magnets 

By Another Happy Customer from Chesapeake, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 02, 2012

I have an Agile AS-1000 and the pickups were a little to hot for me -- I considered changing pickups to something more mellow; it was r/c that I try changing magnets to the Alnico 2 first --- I must say this is the sound I was looking for and changing magnet process is very easy (with a little patience). Strongly recommend experimenting with different magnets before jumping to new pickups -- you may find it to be a cheap and rewarding project -- thanks to the previous reviews in helping with my decision.

Changing cheap pickups

By byerek from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 10, 2012

A change of pickups, easily and for very little money, very cheap modification and a wonderful change in the sound of my guitar pickups sounded very opaque.

Happy Customer

By NPB_EST.1979 from Detroit, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 14, 2012

I used these magnets for a customer that had to have A2 magnets. The kits I stocked up on had A5 so I had to buy these. The customer was happy with the pickups so I'd order them again. Just be careful when ordering because they will magnetize the poles in your single coil kits during shipping if you order them all at the same time!

Alnico 2 magnet

By Quentin Howarth from Cumbria, England.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 04, 2012

I bought a couple of these to tone down an over wound humbucker with ceramic magnets, that was a little too "In yer face" for my liking. I was astonished at the difference these made, it really did remove all the upper-mid and treble harshness. If anything it was almost too mellow. I would think that an Alnico 5 would be perfect for this procedure.

Alnico 2 bar magnets

By RG from Garden Grove
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 21, 2012

I installed these in my P-90 pick ups and it did exactly what I was looking for a mellow fuller sound, perfect.

Great Mags!

By Omar Jadan from Columbus, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 02, 2010

I ordered a few of these magnets for several reasons, I used this magnet to modify a dimarzio pickup and get some extra output.

I also used some of these mags to make a custom pickup, i cut them a few millimeters down to custom size.

You can also superimpose them on top of each other in the SAME POLARITY to get some extra magnetic strength, in the event that you need that much gain.

All in all, very useful and great quality and durability.

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