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Q: What is the magnet in an electric guitar pickup for? Why is it needed? Is it there to magnetize the strings? Couldn't magnetic strings be used instead? ... But I am mystified about why in a pickup, the coil and magnet are both static where in a dynamic microphone these elements move in relation to each other.
it becomes a temporary magnet... which vibrates enough when plucked to induce the required signal in the coil