Stephens Design Specialty Single Coils

Stephens Design Specialty Single Coils

Stephens Design offers several different specialty single coils that can deliver a sweet old school sound without a lot of difficult installation. Be sure to check out the demo video at the end of this post. The pickups drop into a basic humbucker slot, so you don't have to muck-up the body of your guitar. Two of their most popular specialty single coils are the Pig Ninety and the Dirty Harry.

The Pig Ninety Singles replace the older Kay-Bars by SD Designs. They may look like the traditional shrill single coil pickup set in a bucker cover, but they’re much more. The Pig Ninety uses an unique magnetic structure that is able to make use of the same string length that a humbucker does. This takes that single coil bite and merges it with the fatness of a humbucker. The Pig Ninety comes in a number of different cover options, including an awesome retro look.

Another great specialty single coil is the Dirty Harry Single. These pickups were inspired by Harry DeArmond. The Dirty Harry uses a shallow boil and a flat Alnico magnet. This creates a wider string area and produces a very unique tone that is really unlike anything you’ll ever hear. The Dirty Harry produces a very nice older vintage type tone that can give even a cheap guitar a great dose of character. The Dirty Harry Singles come in flat top humbucker covers in black matte or, for an extra fee, can be done in nickel silver covers.

For more information be sure to check out the SD Designs website: http://www.sdpickups.com/specialty.shtml

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March 4, 2011
Posted in Stephens Design — anthony @ 5:36 pm

Danny Gatton T-Style Pickups

The Danny Gatton T-Style Pickups are great high-end dual blade replacement pickups. Inspired by and originally designed for Danny Gatton, these pickups are favored by professional Tele players around the world. They’re more than just your basic repair part—they bring a great vintage tone to your guitar along with increased fidelity. You’ll find that the pickups keep the highs, lows, and mids equal in power thereby eliminating that tinny, thin sound that often Tele style guitars suffer from.

One of the biggest problems Tele players often have is that the output from the bridge pickup is very different from that of the neck, but the T-Neck can be adjusted so that it’s equal to the T-bridge. The T-bridge uses a very unique staggered blade design that balances the response from the outer strings.

In addition to the standard Gatton T-Style pickups, a Nashville T-Style set and a Modern T-Style Bridge Pickup are also available. The Nashville set uses a standard Stratocaster pickup as its center pickup and is designed to compliment the Gatton neck and bridge pickups. The Modern pickup gives more power to the bridge position but doesn’t lose any of the tone the Gatton T-Styles are designed for.

The T-style pickups fit on any standard Tele body with no modifications required. They use four conductor shielded cable so any wiring combination is possible. The Gatton T-Neck, Gatton T-Bridge, and Modern T-Bridge sell for $159.95; the Gatton and Modern sets are priced at $293.95, and the Nashville T-Style set sells for $439.85.

For more info be sure to visit the Joe Barden website

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February 24, 2011
Posted in Joe Barden — anthony @ 4:46 pm

VVT Lindy Fralin Boutique Combo Tube Amp

The VVT Lindy Fralin Boutique Combo Tube Amp, made by VVT, was created to the exact specifications of Lindy Fralin.  Fralin created this amp to be the perfect device, and it’s the only amp he will use.  It’s also one of the few amps to receive a perfect ten rating by users on Harmoney Central, so it’s not just Fralin who loves it.  lindsy-fralin-amp

The Lindy Fralin Amp can be switched from fixed biased to cathode biased very easily, making it one of the most versatile boutique amps out there.  If you’re going to play at a low volume, switch it to cathode bias.  If you’re playing in a larger setting or need to be louder, switch it over to fixed bias, where the amp will give you some great, clean tones at a louder volume.  As you can see, this amp is perfect for smaller gigs, but it can also get the job done for larger engagements, too.  Even better, it is incredibly light (weighing in at just a bit over 40 pounds) and doesn’t take up that much space. (more...)

April 3, 2009
Posted in Boutique Amps,Lindy Fralin — anthony @ 8:40 am

Boutique P90 Pickups Comparison

From old Les Paul records, to T-Bone Walker, Grant Green and Pete Townsend, the P90's characteristic tone has helped to shape diverse musical styles. In this article we will look at the background of the P90 as well as compare some of the modern boutique P90 makers around today.

First some History:

The P-90 is a single coil electric guitar pickup first produced by Gibson in 1946. They were introduced to replace the "bar pickup" (aka the Charlie Christian pickup) in models like the ES-150. Towards the end of the 40's P90's were the main pickup used on all models, including the Les Paul introduced in 1952. The introduction of a new "humbucker" (also know as PAF) pickup in 1957 curtailed the growth of the P90. (more...)

November 10, 2008
Posted in Pickups,Tone — David @ 6:54 pm

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