The Sonic State Series St-Style Single Coils
Once upon a time, guitars were strung with heavier roundwound strings and had fretboards with a smaller 7.5 inch radius. To compensate for lesser distances from the top of the pickup to the outer strings and the strings in use for electric guitars at that time, folks in a certain guitar factory down in California did a little dreamin' ...and came up with a design for varying the height of the polepieces to properly balance the output of each string in relation to the others. The staggered polepiece design hit the market. Fast forward more than half a century later, and the initial design might seem a bit archaic - the advent of string benders like Jimi and E.C. meant that the fretboard had to have a flatter radius and the strings needed to be thinner to squeeze in those devilish blues bends. In other words, the poles are staggered to accomodate strings and fretboard designs no longer used. But as my mother used to tell me, everyone is in favor of progress, but no one wants change. So, these guys are still patterned after the pioneers- constructed with the old staggered design of Alnico 3 magnetic polepieces and wound by hand, just like back in the day. Of course we had to adjust the coil-wiring to get the pickup to sing our way (as we would do) and balance off its frequencies a bit. The sonic 54' is our point of view of an ideally complete traditional single coil.
Neck 5.4K, Mid 5.7K, Bridge 6.0K
As the 50s came to a close, things got a bit hotter. The Chicago Blue'59 is wound just a touch more than the '54, and we're taking a little liberty with the height of the polepieces to calibrate the output with modern guitar strings and setups. Constructed with Alnico 3, the pickup is really sweet sounding with a lot of clarity, a wide dynamic range, with a very rich but smooth treble response. Humbucking operation in positions 2&4. We have taken our four favourite pickups from that era, took notes of the specifications and made the changes (upgrading them in our humble opinion) we thought to be the very juice of the common denominator of these four pickups. The sonic 59' has been, is and will be one of ours as well as customer's favourite pickups from our single coil range.
Neck 5.8K, Mid 6K, Bridge 6.2K
A new trick for an old dog. Taller magnets and coils overwound with heavy insulation wire make these guys extra bright and clear. A great choice for use with a Tubescreamer. These come with the coils taped so that they can be used with or without using pickup covers. Choose Alnico 4 magnets for a more open, woodier midrange, or Alnico 5 for a chimier tone.
Neck 6.2K Mid 6.3K Bridge 6.4K
And now, on to the Sixties with our Creamy '61 and a new chapter in the development of single coils. The Sonic 61' is based on the Strat pickups from the early 60's era when heavy formvar wire was still used, but Alnico 5 became the standard magnet. A few tweaks here and there give the Creamy 61' its balanced response, smooth mids, and a sweet and clear quack attack in the 2 and 4 positions.
If you love "Couldn't Stand the Weather", this is your pickup. It's the classic vintage S-style guitar sound. The Sonic 61' is gaining more and more popularity every day so please place your order at least 3 weeks in advance as there is always a queue for this specific model.
Neck 6K, Mid 6.1K, Bridge 6.3K
The Ventura 65 is built to the same specs as the Sonic '61, but a few more turns using plain enamel wire for a touch more definition and a warm clear tone..
Neck 6.2K, Mid 6.3K, Bridge 6.7K
The use of single coat insulation wire, smaller diameter magnets, and a few extra coil turns of poly wire make the Southern Fried 71 the missing link between vintage and modern. Clear ringing tones that can be enjoyed clean or overdriven for that Hendrix/Robin Trower tone. Pop these in and it's suddenly time to break out the Bell-Bottoms...but for the love of heaven and earth, please leave the white John Travolta suit in the closet where it belongs.
Neck 6.4K Mid 6.5K Bridge 6.8K
Our Super-Sonic Shredder single coil justifies its name for two reasons. First of all it's our highest output single coil pickup design for Strats. Secondly, the pickup set was constructed with the guidelines of a very special friend and Jazz-Rock guitarist who is using "playing outside" concepts called "Super-Sonic Shapes". This special friend recently joined our team of endorsers as he became a huge fan of our pickups. Constructed with Alnico 5 magnets in the neck and bridge, an Alnico 4 in the middle and over-wound coils, the Super-Sonic Shredder set is ideal for extreme playing styles with a lot of overdrive, maintaining a wide dynamic range and therefore suitable to our Guitar-Shredding friends as well as "all-rounders". Tight/rich bass-response, pronounced mids, and smooth highs are the ingredients of this animal's character. This Set has been the resulting fruit of collaboration with our latest endorser Mr Shaun Baxter when we fully customised his signature set, which includes the "Raging Bull" humbucker instead of the single coil bridge pickup.
Neck 6.7, Mid 7.2, Bridge 7.8
California Dreamer '54
The Creamy '61
Southern Fried '71
Supersonic Shredder '84
All of our single coil pickups are hand-wound, just the way Mom (okay, maybe not Mom, but Leo for sure) used to make them. It's an indispensible ingredient to preserving the vitality of the classic single coil sound. None of the sterility of industrially wound pickups on computer controlled winding machines here. Instead, there's more character and a typically higher resonant peak.
-The 50s and 61 series are wound with awg42 formvar for a brighter "woody" vintage tone.
-The 65 is wound with plain enamel wire for a warmer, more defined tone.
-The 70s series use single insulation poly for clearer highs.
-The Supersonics use thinner 43 awg wire with more windings for higher output
-The Bluebloods use taller A4 non-staggered magnets and heavy insulation wire for a fat sound with well-defined highs. Alnico 5 can be substituted for less midrange. It's the most versatile pickup of the bunch, and is great for blues, classic, or modern rock.