After an email chat about Wide Range Humbuckers I came up with these.
Essentially a single coil but with more presence and fatter tone. Like the standard single coil, each string has its own magnet. The difference with these is that the slug that sits opposite widens the area of string magnetised, creating a beefier tone but unlike the humbucker where the bar magnet lies underneath both the slugs & screws giving an even spread of magnetised string, these new pickups have a pole magnet and a slug. By design the slug is still magnetised but nowhere near as strong as the polepiece. Whereas the humbucker gives the tone of the full length of magnetised string between the slug & screw, these merely give the tone of the point of magnetisation over the pole with a kind of residual tone of the string above the slightly magnetised slug. This in effect is similar to the sound fading from magnet to slug which is somewhat fatter than a single coil but not as beefed up as a humbucker. Essentially a single coil with more presence. They’re overwound with thinner wire to a specific number of turns to really break up an amp and I use Alnico 2 magnets to give more warmth. The use of thinner wire helps to keep the high frequencies in a narrower coil. I’ve just recorded some audio & video files which I need to master for the site.
After final tweaks to the the number of windings and numerous prototypes I’m happy with the final versions. I’m just going to wait until I get back from another trip up to Scotland before pushing them live – 2nd week in August.
I’ve posted a quick rough video whilst I finish off the full audio/video demos. You can see it here
I’m also working on a 12 pole version to give an even richer tone – still playing around with the windings though.