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Classy glassy tones straight out of the late 50's. If true vintage clarity is what you're after, these are the pickups for you! These are our lowest output strat pickups, similar to the output and tone of the mid-late 50's era handwound pickups, but with our own twist. Bright, sparkly, and very dynamic tones!
Hand wound in-house with the care and attention to detail that properly hand wound pickups deserve.
Sold individually or as a calibrated set.
|Expected Circuit:||250K pots|
*DCR can vary and isn't a great comparison spec. See below for details.
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What is a "calibrated set"?
It's when the pickups in the set are wound in such a way to keep the tone and output balanced between the positions. In a 3-pickup setup, that also means reverse winding the middle coil and reversing the polarity of the magnets (RWRP) to make it hum cancelling in the 2 and 4 positions.
Are your pickups wax potted?
All of our pickups are wax potted using a special type of paraffin that has a low melting point and a low dielectric constant. A low melting point means less chance of inadvertent damage to the pickup during the potting process. A low dielectric constant means it will have a negligible impact on tone.
Why ask about my guitar's fingerboard radius, or what type of G-string I have?
As part of our aim to give you the most balanced tone and output from our pickups, we stagger our pole pieces to your specific guitar's needs. The fingerboard radius is important for us to know to make sure we use the correct pole piece lengths for each string. We need to know if you use a wound G because wound G strings generate significantly lower output than a plain G, requiring a much longer pole piece.
What is Inductance (H)?
Contrary to how it's been used, DCR is not a particularly useful measurement for comparing pickups, except under very specific and limited circumstances. Inductance, while not perfect, is a far better measurement to use. Where DCR is only useful for comparing pickups of identical design, Inductance can be used to compare multiple types of pickups. To simplify it, lower H typically means lower output, more headroom/dynamics, and greater clarity (higher resonant peak frequency). Higher H typically means more output, less headroom/dynamics, and less presence (lower resonant peak frequency). For some examples, strat pickups are typically 2-3H, tele bridge pups 2.5-3.5H, PAF humbuckers 3.5-6H, and higher output humbuckers go up from there.
What is "Expected Circuit"?
Guitar electronics/gear really is a system of interactions, rather than just the sum of its parts. The circuit connected to your pickup actually has an effect on your pickup's resonant peak. In fact, the capacitance/resistance of your guitar cable is even a contributor! It isn't merely as simple as 250K pots vs 500K pots. The number of pots in the circuit also affects the resonant peak of the pickup. When we list "250K pots", we generally mean that the pickup is expected to see 2x 250K pots (vol and tone). If your guitar has no tone pot, or if you use 500K pots, you will see shift in the pickup's resonant peak that will make it much brighter. As a general rule, pickups are designed to be connected to at least one volume and tone pot at all times. Single coils usually pair with 250K pots, and humbuckers with 500K pots.
Magnet Grade & DC Resistance
Most pickup companies list magnet type and DC resistance because this has been the standard for many decades of pickup sales. Unfortunately, despite what the internet would have you believe, neither of those details tell you much about the clarity, dynamics, or output of a pickup.
Magnet Grade: All this tells you is the maximum charge the magnets can hold. It tells you nothing about what charge they will actually hold in the pickup you'll receive. For instance, a partially degaussed A5 magnet can be weaker than a fully charged A2 or A3 magnet, and it won't sound like an A5 magnet any more. You can't assume that the magnets in a pickup are always charged to the max. Sometimes they aren't, and sometimes that is by design.
DC Resistance: People have been led astray for years as to the usefulness and significance of knowing the DC resistance of a particular pickup. You can measure two pickups from the same company that have the same sound, and you might see wildly different DC resistances between the two pickups. Likewise, you can have two very different sounding pickups that have a very similar DC resistance. First off, this measurement varies depending on the temperature and humidity. So, right away there is a potential problem with relaying this spec to the customer (especially in Canada). Second, a pickup's tone and output power is the product of a combination of many variables, including some that are completely external to the actual pickup. Some of those variables include: wire size, insulation thickness, wire tension during winding (and at different stages of winding), number of winds, the winding pattern, the overall shape of the coil, the strength of the magnetic pull on the strings, the proximity of the coil to the strings, what other electronics are connected to the pickup (pots, guitar cable capacitance, amp/pedal impedance, etc). The DC resistance measurement doesn't tell you about any of those things. It is, at best, an extremely vague approximation of the length of the wire on the coil and can only be used to compare the output and tone between pickups made using the exact same wire size, insulation thickness, winding pattern/tension, coil shape, and magnet type/charge. In short, despite the history of how it's been used in pickup marketing, it's a more or less a useless measurement when used to compare pickups.
For reference, you can make a fairly low output pickup using powerful neodymium magnets with a coil that measures a fairly high DC resistance. Likewise, you can make a fairly high output pickup using weak magnets with a coil that measures a fairly low DC resistance.
For the above reasons, those specs won't tell you what most people claim they will tell you. Knowing them may lead you to make incorrect assumptions about a pickup prior to actually hearing the sound of the pickup. Don't let your brain fool you. Let your ears convince you!
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