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 500k potentiometers, 3 way toggle switch and 0.022uf 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.
The bridge is blisteringly hot - having nothing in common with a normal Stratocaster pickup. Wound to an eye watering 19k Ohms, this will howl when even a little overdrive or distortion is added. The tone of this powerhouse is distant from a single coil, and has it's feet firmly in the humbucker family. The advantage of having a single coil over a humbucker however is still apparent, any articulate runs down the fretboard will instantly reveal how much of a difference the smaller magnetic and sensory window of the strings makes. The bass will be sharper than a knife, and will have absolutely no problem at all cutting through a busy band mix.
These are slightly taller than the typical single coil - 23mm tall including the output lead (excluding baseplate legs). Check your guitar has space to accommodate this before purchasing.
Resistance (Ohms): 16k/19k
Magnets: hand bevelled alnico 5 rods
Output wire: 4 conductor + shield