Sub-Zero (humbucker sized Stratocaster single coil) - P90 toned Stratocaster single coils
These are part of our humbucker sized Stratocaster single coil range. A Strat single coil is encased between a humbucker baseplate and humbucker cover to allow them to be installed in any standard humbucker equipped guitar. There's a tiny bit of treble loss due to the additional metal content in the pickup, but they're otherwise constructed and tonally identical.
Trying to achieve a P90 tone in a typical Strat single coil spacing isn't a new concept at all. However, this innovative approach to achieving that same goal brings with it many benefits over the prior designs consisting of small bar magnets and humbucker bobbins with steel screws.
The Sub-Zero single coils use massive coils (like a P90) with long alnico magnets, and wide 42 AWG wire (like a P90). Previous attempts to recreate a P90 tone in a Strat single coil format had to be wound with 43 AWG (thinner) wire in order to get enough winds into the small humbucker bobbin to be in the same ballpark of output as a P90. This thinner wire added tons of compression and a muddied treble response - not P90 like at all!
The Sub-Zeros use alnico rods, which is entirely new to this type of design. Previous designs couldn't get near the magnetic field strength of a proper P90 - their little bar magnets just didn't give the juice that two large bar magnets do. Alnico rods have a much stronger magnetic field at the string, meaning they can imitate that strong field better. The combination of the stronger magnetic field and a massive coil means these pickups roar just like a P90, rather than being a compressed tame single coil like those that have come before. An added bonus is that they look completely stock (after being installed) - so you can mix and match with your favourite standard Strat singles (which, obviously, you can find in our range!).
The final tweaks to get the tones absolutely spot on was to add some passive filtering to adjust the EQ to make the sound just that bit more authentic P90.
These pickups are designed to imitate vintage P90s on standard Strat control values of 250k potiometers and 0.047uf capacitors.
Magnets: alnico 4+5 hybrid/alnico 2
Important note: these pickups are very sensitive to height adjustment. It is suggested, for the most P90 like tone, to set these low.
Supplied with mounting screws and springs.