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.
The Mini Range series of P90s are P90s utilising FeCrCo screw magnets, similar to Wide Range humbuckers from Telecaster customs. This gives the pickups a brighter, more aggressive note attack, giving the pickups a tonality similar to a Fender style single coil. Below is the standard pickup set description. Due to using these screws, any mention of magnets in the description below does not apply, but is there for reference to the standard set.
A pickup set with one aim in mind: alleviate the typical P90 set issue of a mismatched flabby neck and a thin bridge.
P90 necks can sound beautiful when wound to a nice clean vintage spec, but they're usually mixed with similarly wound bridges, making them too thick relative to the bridge. Switching between the two pickups results in a severe EQ imbalance that makes it near impossible to find a good amp and pedal setting that will work for both. The best you can do is find a middle ground - which leads to a compromise in both pickup's tone.
This set was built around a clean and clear neck pickup. The goal was to create a bridge that would match well with it, with a fuller than traditional tone. But it had to retain clarity, like the neck. The neck was wound modestly to retain the quintessentially beautiful vintage P90 neck tone.
The bridge is fatter as a result of a special winding pattern and over-winding. Easing up on the volume will make it become a beautifully articulate piece. The aim was to fatten up a standard P90 bridge without making it ...murky.... and the Murky Horizon bridge is the fruit of that labour.
Magnets: FeCrCo screw magnets
Baseplate: Nickel silver
Output wire: Braided single conductor