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!
This is the staple version of our popular Sea Smoke P90 set. This combines the Sea Smoke wind with alnico 2 'staple' magnets. These magnets give the pickups a brighter, cleaner and more delicate tone. Please check the standard Sea Smoke pickup page for soundclips.
This pickup set was designed from customer demand!
Having seen the number of requests and the outstanding feedback from this pickup set, it seems silly not to make it an official set.
We've had many customers approaching us asking for a vintage styled P90 set that could be found all over the 1950s-1970s. It had to be clean, articulate, mellow and have just enough output to kick a valve amp into beautiful overdrive when pushed, but not any more, so that headroom is preserved.
Starting from the Murky Horizon neck pickup, which was already in the ballpark of what we were aiming to achieve here, we already had a head start. As clean and low gain work were (presumably) going to be the primary uses for this set, the Murky Horizon neck could be a bit 'spiky' at either end of the EQ spectrum for these styles. This is great for clarity, but when you're playing clean and want a singing sustain reminicent of the good old days, it just won't cut it. We loaded it with alnico 2 magnets to smooth off the rough edges.
The Murky Horizon bridge is miles away from what this pickup set was made to recreate, so that design was tossed to one side. A new bridge build was in order. A vintage wind was created, a touch hotter than the neck to balance, but no more than was necessary to retain all the vintage goodness. To curb off a little bit of the excessive highs of the vintage wind, and to provide the singing sustain to match the neck, alnico 2 magnets were used once more.
Magnets: alnico 2 staple magnets
Output wire: Braided single conductor
Supplied with mounting screws