Bentbucker (high output) - A complete redesign of the humbucker
A redesign of the humbucker to create a pair unrivalled in clarity.
You've probably heard the line 'these are the clearest, most articulate humbuckers ever' from multiple manufacturers on multiple occasions. The aftermarket humbucker started in the 70s. That's 50 years in which manufacturers have had to work out the best humbucker recipes for such a claim. When utilising the age old format of the PAF humbucker, that design has been created. To really push the boundaries of humbuckers, we need to tear down the design and rebuild it.
And that's exactly what's been done here! The Bentbuckers are quite literally that, the humbucker construction, bent onto it's side. Inspired by single coils, which inherently have a very small string spacing window, the Bentbuckers have a smaller string sensing window to simulate a similar effect. This small string spacing window means that the pickups are picking up a smaller spectrum of harmonic information, therefore they are much more articulate than the standard humbucker design. By turning the bobbins on their sides, the string sensing window is now 25mm instead of the typical 35mm.
The bentbuckers also incorporates a trio of alnico 5 magnets. Also an inspiration from the alnico rod magnets of single coils. Similar to how the magnetic field in a Jaguar single coil pickup works, the magnets are placed one on each outer side of the bobbins, and one in the middle (of opposite polarity facing upwards). This creates a strong, focused magnetic field, as the magnetism is directed from the top of the two outer magnets directly to the top of the inner magnet. Similar to a Jaguar claw. This strong, focused magnetic field means that the bass is kept very clean and the treble is sharp and clear.
This new design happens to have a lot of things in similar with a Firebird minihumbucker pickup - a string spacing window between that of a single coil and a humbucker and alnico magnets are used to magnetise the strings. These things inherently give the Bentbuckers one of the nicest clean tones. Not just for high output humbuckers, but for humbuckers in general! These close aperture coils, similar to a minihumbucker, are also shared by active pickups, which is one of the reasons they're commonly regarded as being the most clear pickups around.
The bridge is wound with 42.5 AWG wire, which keeps the treble cutting and uncongested. The neck is wound with a hybrid of 42 and 41 AWG, which really opens the mid range and bass up, making the pickup sound a lot less saturated than a typical 42 AWG wind. Please note all of these wire types give the pickups a lower resistance than would typically be found on pickups of this output level. These pickups have been balanced to match in volume, and to give a smooth tonal transition between the pickup switch positions.