Slip into something more comfortable. In 1957 the first humbuckers were produced, eliminating the 60cycle hum of the P90s, and introducing a new style of pickups to the world. This humbucker is designed to capture the essence of that era, with a tone approaching the boldness of the old vintage P90s with its high end and punctuated attack, but with the added bass-response of a humbucker . Built with an Alnico 4 in the neck and an Alnico 3 in the bridge, vintage steel alloy slugs, and 42 awg plain enamel wire. All the polepieces and the pickup cover are left unplated and the pickup is shellac potted for clearer high frequency response - She may not look like much, but she's got an incredible personality! The Blue Jean Classic just oozes vintage tone and balance.
Neck 7.3K, Bridge 8K
The Drifter '63 is a more modern version of the Blue Jean Classic pickup. It is differently voiced and slightly hotter and designed to tonally infuse the voices of the older generation humbuckers with those of the 70's. The Alnico 4 magnets in conjunction with the unevenly under-wired coils give the Drifter '63 an extra kick. The result is clear high end that is never shrill, a slightly scooped midrange, and a set off to create the create a unity of the voices of the past in a unique hybrid of decades. If you value the vintage qualities of the olden days but still crave the extra push of a more modern pickup, look no further!
The Drifter63' is your pickup.
Neck 7.6 Bridge 8.5
Inspired in part by the rewound Peter Green/Gary Moore LP neck pickup, the Supernatural is a unique beast of a humbucker. Wound with the heavy insulation wire that is normally reserved for vintage single coils, this neck pickup is as smooth and creamy as a milkshake with all the sustain, warmth and definition a great neck pickup needs. Slap this in neck with the Custom Overdrive in the bridge for a combination that can go from sweet and creamy to wet and nasty. It has the whole package someone would expect from a LP neck humbucker + more "Juice"! Although is has the cutting through the mix midrange of a good old LP neck pickup, the bass response is really huge and the high end just jumps out from the notes when soloing. It is the biggest sounding and the most balanced LP style neck pickup we've ever experienced in our 30 years of guitar making and we're now looking forward to sharing this experience with you. Even if like me, you weren't born in '49, you might just find you remember Paris from that year when you plug this guy in.
1978 was the year the world got to know Eddie Van Halen! The Rugged 78' is the humbucker that will make you reminisce the whole era of the 80's which started in 1978. It has all the vintage qualities and all the "Juice" of an old classic PAF, but on steroids as we constructed the pickup with an Alnico 5 magnet. With a fantastic high end response, present but smooth mids and a very tight low end that never gets muddy the Rugged 78' it the ideal humbucker to cover all rock styles from the 70's all the way to the present.
Neck 8.3K, Bridge 8.7K
The Eighties spawned a new generation of rock guitarists who would forever alter the sonic landscape and throw down the gauntlet and challenge both the technical and musical virtuosity of guitarists everywhere. Guitar greats like George Lynch, Warren DeMartini and Ronnie Le Tekro became the catalyst for an entirely new chemistry of tone, composition, and attitude that became to potent to ignore. The Overdrive 83' captures that tone and brings back the memories of all these fantastic players. We constructed this humbucker with an Alnico 8 magnet in order to give it an extra kick without all the mud and muck that makes typical "distortion" pickups so unpalatable. The Overdrive 83' produces the high output desired for the modern rock guitarist, but still retains its natural brilliance. It is the perfect rock monster, combining the sparkle of a traditional PAF style pickup with the power of a modern alternative. Stay crunchy my friends.
Recommended for bridge position.
Neck 8.9K, Bridge 10.4K
All Jeppson pickups are hand-wound using my home-made winder. This is how Fender made their pickups up to about the mid-60's.
Personally, I think machine wound single coils sound dull and void of any character.
Gibson humbuckers have always been machine wound. Hand-wound humbuckers have a clearer sound than their traditional machine wound counterparts. If you want a sound closer to a traditional humbucker, just roll the treble down a notch. The windings on the individual coils of Jeppson humbuckers are intentionally mismatched, with the slug side wound slightly hotter.
If you are buying these as replacement pickups for a guitar you own or are assembling, be sure the screw side of the neck pickup should always be mounted closest to the neck, and the screw side of the bridge pickup is closest to the bridge for the best tonal response. It will make a difference.
Because the coils are slightly mismatched, these will not be quite as hum-free as factory pickups, but the difference is a large part of what makes them really sing.
The first humbuckers were made in 1957. Traditionally they have always been machine-wound, but the Leesona machines originally used at factories tended to be a bit sloppy, and the number of turns varied, sometimes significantly, from one coil to the next.
No particular grade of Alnico was used exclusively for the bar magnets, though some former Gibson employees have reported that the earliest were made with Alnico 2, until shortly afterwards the company shifted to Alnico 5. Still, there are plenty of variations in different magnet manufacturers' recipes, and the change in casting techniques over the years means a modern Alnico magnet has less iron than its vintage counterparts, producing still more variations. Consequently, the tone of any one particular vintage humbucker can sound almost radically different from the next.
Nowadays there are hi-tech winding machines armed with computerized turns per layer and turns per coil, churning out perfectly hum-cancelling pickups that are blatantly devoid of character or flavour.
It takes a lot to tame this guy! When the Raging Bull is unleashed he runs wild taking everything out that dares to cross his path! There's no such thing as fear or pause, when the instinct kicks...OFF HE GOES!!! This one is our very hottest humbucking set. With an
over-wound Alnico 8 in the bridge and an Alnico 6 in the neck, the kick is just of the low-end response is just enormous, the mid-range is a killer and the high end response is smooth but always present and clear. The Raging Bull is a modern day "Full-On" humbucker but still maintains all the qualities of a quality vintage pickup as just like all the rest of our pickups, it has been hand-wound in the traditional way.
Neck 9.7K Bridge13.6K
Sometimes technical progress doesn't equate to genuine improvements. We believe that the same principles apply to all pickups, whether they're single coils or humbuckers, pickups should always be hand-wound. Hand-wound humbuckers have an enhanced clarity and articulation all too often lost in their machine-wound counterparts.
The coils are intentionally mismatched (Off-Set) for a greater frequency response. Yeah, the guys are just a touch noisy compared to factory humbuckers, but they can sing like angels and don't suffer from any of the muddiness that so often plagues the humbucker world.
You can play these clean without sounding dull, or you can play them overdriven and they will stay extra crunchy. Whether you choose to go Vintage, Vintage Hot, or Overdrive, the "Juice" will always be present.