FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How come the price of IronGear products is so low?
Well the fact is, even if you use the best materials (which we do), it doesn't cost a great deal to make a guitar pickup (at the volumes at which we manufacture). But that's not all you pay for when you buy a pickup from our competitors! Cut out the artist endorsement fees, wholesale/distributor mark-up, retail profit, advertising and marketing expenditure (all of which we do), and it's possible to provide the customer with a high-quality product for a reasonable price (which we do).
 
Why do I not see much coverage of IronGear products in guitar magazines?
IronGear has built our reputation via word of mouth. One of the ways we keep our prices low is by spending practically nothing on promotion. Consequently, we don't buy advertising space in magazines...and, apparently, despite IronGear making world-wide sales of over 25,000 pickups, if you don't buy advertising space, you very rarely get reviewed!
 
If I/We promise to review your pickups on our YouTube Channel/Blog/Website, please can you send some free pickups?
IronGear currently recieved 3/4 requests like this every week. Unfortunatley we have to politely decline.
 
Which is the best humbucker for Blues?
The Blues Engine, as the name suggests, is the best choice. If you want to spend a little less, then the Rolling Mill is great for the job and very popular with IronGear users!
 
Which is the best humbucker for Rock / Classic Rock?
It depends how much drive you're looking for. The Tesla Shark has become the first choice for many classic rock guitar players. But both the Blues Engine and the Rolling Mill are both capable of superb rock tones. If you're looking for more output to really get things cooking, then the Dirty Torque or the Hot Slag are the beasts for the job!  Also, a combination of either the Hot Slag bridge pickup, paired with a Rolling Mill at the neck, or if you can afford a few pennies more, the Dirty Torque bridge pickup with the Blues Engine at the neck, is a great way to achieve maximum flexibility.
 
Which is the best humbucker for Metal / Thrash Metal / Death Metal / Dog-Deafening Uber-Metal?
The Metal Machine (the clue's in the name) has been made for the task, although both the Steam Hammer and Hammer Head have something of the metal monster about them and have proven to be extremely popular with both metal heads and gain fiends.
 
What are the tonal differences between the Hammer Head and the Steam Hammer?
The difference between the Hammer Head / Steam Hammer pickups is mainly due to the larger pole-pieces of the Hammer Head sensing a longer length of string. This leads to an extended bottom end and is also beneficial for maintaining output for string bends. The Steam Hammer has slightly better clarity for cleans, but it's marginal.
 
Why would I choose a low output pickup?
They weren't always regarded as "low" output. When the humbucker was developed, what we now describe as low output was considered to be the optimum conjunction of output, tone and clarity. The trend towards higher output pickups has led to the perception that this optimum is now regarded as low, but it wasn't always so. The difficulty with increasing the output of any pickup is that, by increasing the number of coil-windings, the internal capacitance of the pickup is also increased and this inevitably leads to a drop-of of high frequencies. This is the reason why guitarists seeking the ultimate tone often choose lower output pickups.
 
Do you have a wiring diagram for......?
Very probably! Check our wiring page first, and if you don't see what you're looking for, drop us an email and we'll, more than likely, be able to help.
 
Can I replace my 2-wire pickups with 4-wire pickups?
Yes, no problem at all. 2 of the wires are connected together and taped off. The remaining wires are connected to the same points as your existing 2-wire pickup. We provide you with more detailed information in the wiring instructions that come with your 4-wire pickup.
 
What's the difference between 2-wire pickups with 4-wire pickups?
2-Wire (or 2-Conductor) pickups are capable of conventional humbucker wiring. 4-Wire pickups are able to be wired in a variety of coil-switching series/parallel modes. So, if you want to keep things simple - go for 2-Wire. If you wish to make things a little more flexible, choose the 4-wire option.
 
Is there a difference in tone between 2-wire pickups with 4-wire pickups?
No, not when they're both wired as conventional humbuckers. You'll find guitarists who claim to be able to hear the difference. We'd recommend inviting them to a blindfold test and using the opportunity to hit them with anything that comes to hand.
 
What's the difference between chrome and nickel finishes?
Chrome, familiar to almost everybody, is a very bright finish. Compared to chrome, nickel looks more like silver and has more of a tendency to develop a mellow tarnish with age. A nickel finish is often associated with high-end pickups and some manufacturers charge a premium price for it.
 
Are your pickups wax potted?
Yes.
 
Why?
Because it makes them less prone to microphonic feedback.
 
What's that?
It's a nasty noise used to frighten people who can't use Google.
 
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