The solderless connector setup includes a circuit board loaded with all the favourite USA grade electronics (Switchcraft jack, Switchcraft switch, CTS potentiometers, Orange drop capacitor). This circuit board simply drops into your Gibson style control layout, then you plug in the connectors we've added to the end of the pickup leads into the circuit board. The humbucker setup comes with default 250k potentiometers, 3 way toggle switch and 0.047uf capacitors.
These are available in both import (long shaft pots, short frame switch), USA (long shaft pots, long frame switch), or right angle (short shaft pots, right angle toggle switch) formats. (ONLY) Gibson Les Pauls will use USA. Epiphones and other import models will use the import format. SGs and similar will use the right angle format. Import models Les Pauls typically use short shaft potentiometers, but we've found through experimentation that due to the nature of the way that the pots are seated at different heights in the cavity, short shaft pots will not work effectively. Long shaft pots are used by shimming the shaft to the correct length with the second nut inside the cavity.
No soldering is required at all, making the installation job take about 10 minutes in total!
These are part of our humbucker sized Stratocaster single coil range. A Strat single coil is encased between a humbucker baseplate and humbucker cover to allow them to be installed in any standard humbucker equipped guitar. There's a tiny bit of treble loss due to the additional metal content in the pickup, but they're otherwise constructed and tonally identical.
This pickup set is built utilising the very underappreciated 41 AWG winding wire.
41 AWG is about 15% wider than the typically used 42 AWG for Stratocaster single coils. This means more space between the winds - more space means more clarity and focus. This pickup set through a clean amp is so clean and clear that it blurs the line between acoustic and electric guitars.
The first impression that this pickup set will give is just how many new nuances you will find in your tone and from your playing style. These are without a doubt some of the most pick responsive pickups around. This makes them perfect for running into a tube amp on the brink of overdrive, as crystal clear cleans and full overdrive can be effortlessly achieved simply by pick attack. These pickups are like Stratocaster single coils on steroids - not like their output (which is modest) but their character. They sound twice as Stratty as a normal Stratocaster pickup, so they maintain the cluck and hollowness through even the most congested setups.
These are also very interesting in very heavy distortion applications too. The superb clarity cuts through any distortion, allowing very complex and fast riffs to be played with no smudging of notes together. The amount of articulation found within really lends itself to hi-fi high gain tones.
To accommodate the extra winding space required these are made 20mm high (excluding baseplate legs). Please check your guitar has enough depth to accept these!
Resistance (ohms): 4.4k/4.7k
Magnets: hand beveled alnico 5 rods
Output wire: braided single conductor
Supplied with mounting screws & springs.