Heat Wave solderless connector setup

Heat Wave solderless connector setup

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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!


A set of pickups designed to imitate the very popular hot rodded pickup sets found all over '80s hair metal, with a few modern twists.


​Truth be told, we've never been 100% happy with any hot rodded pickup set we've tried thus far. We love the concept, but we always felt the neck pickup was too tame and quiet, while the bridge had a horrible imbalance between treble and bass. We set to work to make a pickup set that could be loaded into a guitar and would instantly be recognised as being a hot rodded humbucker set, but fix these problems.


Hot rodded humbucker sets have to have a very clear and clean neck pickup. It has to be bright and cutting to keep it from being muddy under high levels of gain, but it has to clean up beautifully without becoming so clinically sharp that it becomes sterile. The bridge has to have a mid range peak in the frequency response. This huge mid range peak makes a rather compressed and dirty pickup (they're always in the 16-17k range of DCR, so a lot of clarity is lost) seem artificially articulate. When you hit multiple strings they all come out at different volumes, and don't all smudge together. This makes it a perfect staple for hard rock, punk and metal.


So how does our hot rodded pickup set stack up against the hot rodded humbucker set?

With a slightly overwound neck using a custom alnico 5 magnet to increase the output. Characteristically very similar, just with a push to make it balance with the bridge properly. The custom magnet also aids in making this even more articulate under high gain than your typical hot rodded neck pickup.

The bridge is also slightly overwound. This warms it up a bit, moving some of the excessive treble into the bass. We've used another custom alnico 5 magnet to warm it up a touch. We wanted to keep the mid range exactly how it was, as that mid range peak is the fundamental of the hot rodded bridge tone. 

Specifications (neck/bridge):

Resistance (Ohms)​: 7.8k/17k
Magnet: custom alnico 5/custom alnico 5
Spacing: 50mm/52mm
Lead wire: 4 conductor + shield
Base plate: short legged nickel silver
Wax potted


Supplied with mounting screws & springs.