Eddy Currents

Eddy currents alter sound and output of a pickup and play an important role in pickup design.

Eddy currents are induced in metals in the vicinity of an AC magnetic field, creating a secondary magnetic field which opposes the inducing magnetic field of the coil. The dimensions, conductivity and permeability of the metal, along with the frequency of the current in the coil, determine the magnitude and phase relation of the eddy currents. An internal short in a pickup coil forms a conductive loop which, also, becomes the source for internal eddy current interference.

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