These are our very own German Silver/Nickel humbucker covers, plated to the very highest standard.
Unlike single coils, where you traditionally see a plastic cover, or a Tele® neck, where you usually have a brass cover, humbucker covers come in a range of styles. With a range of materials used in their construction, it’s well worth taking into consideration the impact these will have on the overall tone of the pickup.
German silver/Nickel is most often seen on very high spec Humbuckers, where the addition of a cover is intended to alter the final tone as little as possible. The properties of Nickel make it one of the best materials to achieve this, so if you are happy with your existing tone, this cover is the best choice for you.
We try to offer as many different finishes as we can with our covers. Each available finish is pictured, but take a look below for more information;
A new addition, these Relic Copper covers have a textured, antique look, and would partner well with an Ivory or Parchment pickguard or guitar.
Relic silver has a very metallic finish, with the reliced texture providing flashes of silver throughout - a unique alternative to a more standard Chrome or Nickel cover.
Gold items can range from a dark orangey colour to a light yellow – our gold covers lie in the middle of that range. Always popular and easy to match with similar gold hardware.
Black covers aren’t as common as you’d imagine, but we offer them for completeness sake (and we are big fans of the look!). These covers are a non-reflective gloss black, but they can be made to appear matt black with a little bit of work with some fine sand paper.
Not to be confused with Nickel, Chrome has a slightly blue sheen to its silver finish – something not always obvious until it is placed next to a Nickel item. Chrome has a highly reflective, always contemporary look that makes it ever popular.
Nickel is the colour most commonly confused with Chrome – the easiest way to differentiate is that Nickel will always have a more yellowish tint to its silver than the Chrome.
Be aware that when most people say a finish is ‘Nickel’, they’re referring to the smooth mirrored finish that has been electroplated to a cover, and not to the construction of the humbuckers cover.
Cosmo or ‘Black Nickel’ is a high gloss, reflective, dark grey shade. It is an uncommon choice but does appear from time to time on the Super Strats® from the Far East. Occasionally Cosmo does get mistaken for Chrome, but this is rare as Cosmo is much darker.
Raw (No Plating)
A “Raw” humbucker cover is the correct term used to reference a pickup cover that has no electroplating to influence its colour.
Some people actually prefer a truly unfinished cover because they worry that the copper and electroplating will impact the tone, and as such, pure nickel is a must.
Where raw covers actually come into their own, is in the way which they age. Similar in shade to a Nickel plated cover, the German silver (to avoid confusion here) is slightly softer, and will show its age much more readily and organically, than any plated cover. Please note, with Raw covers, they’ll normally show some light tooling marks and scratches, these can be buffed out to a high shine with a little work.