Humid Tropics solderless connector setup

Humid Tropics 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!

These are a close recreation of the fabled PAF’s of the late 50s, with a little modern twist to improve them. True to the original, the neck pickup is wound with off-set coils. When humbuckers were first created they were wound on machines which were controlled by timers. These timers would regularly malfunction, winding the wrong amount. Not too concerned with quality control, the ladies controlling the machines would just slap the bobbins together and not think twice about it. This, by sheer coincidence, created the PAF as we know it today. Now that we understand the effect on this, we desire it. Off-set coils gives the pickup advantages over a conventional humbucker; the resonant frequency of each bobbin is different, meaning that the pickup results in having a wider frequency response and increased treble detail and response – critical for keeping mud out of the neck position. Wound to emphasise the beautiful vocal, singing quality that can only be found in a quality 42 gauge humbucker, these will fulfil your PAF cravings.

 

The bridge is everything that a high quality PAF should be; bright, snappy and very organic. To keep the wind from being overly harsh in the treble end of the spectrum, the coils are matched on the bridge, this is still faithful to the original PAF's - some came out the way they were intended to! The touch responsivity is of vital importance to a PAF bridge, and this one is calibrated to maximise the responsivity of the pickup to the picking attack. But it has enough output to allow it to really growl when the dirt is turned up.

 
Normal PAF's were wound with plain enamel wire. This insulation is thinner than the type I use - meaning they were warmer. I use a modern poly wire to create wider, more spaced out winds. This gives them a brighter, cleaner and more airy quality - perfect for removing mud from the neck position and a perfect combination with the sweet, but sometimes mushy alnico 2 magnets. This tweak makes these pickups far more versatile than your typical PAF by providing enough clarity to take any level of distortion with ease.
Rumour has it that these humbuckers reach their tonal plateau when their user wears a top hat and leather trousers. We cannot confirm nor deny this.

Specifications (neck/bridge):

Resistance (ohms): 7.6k/8.3k

Magnet: alnico 2
Spacing: 50/52mm
Lead wire: braided single conductor
Baseplate: short legged nickel silver
Wax potted

 

Supplied with mounting screws & springs.