Please note - Loaded Pickguards come under the remit of Custom work and as always, if you've got any questions what so ever, please feel free to get in touch with us and we can talk through all the finer details of your proposed build.
We’ve been producing the Class Acts for nearly a decade now, and they still deliver the goods time and time again, even when compared to some of the newer, more specialised models we’ve created in recent years. They’ve been back to the prototyping team a few times, and every time, they come back exactly the same! The general consensus is that if you’re looking for a good, honest Single Coil pickup – they’re hard to beat, and are, without doubt one of the best all rounder’s we have on the books.
The inspiration for them came from the “grey base”pickups of the late 1960s, our aim was to produce a good Stratocaster® pickup for the guitarist who isn’t looking for anything overly complicated, and simply wants that characteristic tone – so we set about crafting that iconic tone.
All fairly standard parts in the construction, we used those Classic AlnicoV magnets to give that beautifully shaped quack that just screams out rock and blues. We’ve also used Formvar coated copper to give that little extra sparkle to the tone – something we really associate with this style pickup.
The neck and middle pickups actually have a lot in common with a 50s styled pickup, but without any of the draw backs. The middle pickup is reverse wound and reverse polarity to give hum cancelation in the 2 and 4 positions, and they are both voiced with a more mellow character in mind when compared to the razor sharp “true” 50s styled Daddy-Os.
The bridge, by comparison, takes heavy inspiration to the Legendary X-1 bridge that turned up in the early 80s, a hugely over wound single coil that will give a much more soulful, rich feel, ready to take on any lead and distorted work that’s on the horizon.
Used in combination with the middle, it also performs admirably, carrying across the bite and aggression from the “solo”bridge, but tempering it slightly with the creamy middle.
Now available pre-assembled!
With most of our more popular pickups, we always try to offer them on an assembly to make them much more accessible. At the end of the day, its daunting enough for anyone to start stripping down a guitar to bare bones – if you’re not 100% with your electronics, Assemblies and Looms are a great stepping stone, a brilliant way to learn what’s going on and you’ll get instant results!
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The Premium Version
The Premium version, previously known as the “top spec” – is a collection of the very highest quality parts we can use in a standard setup.
For the volume and tone, we use CTS pots, built to our own specifications, with a higher than average tolerance to give more accuracy to your controls. CTS pots turn up in most high end guitars nowadays, and have developed quite a name for themselves in both heritage, and performance.
We also use our own brand “Full sized Lever switch” – the hardest wearing, most reliable switch we’ve come across in recent years. Again, this will be a limiting factory when deciding on which wiring to choose – the switch itself is 34mm deep, so the cavity will have to be deep enough to accommodate it.
The upgrades don’t stop at the basics either, we’ve used the highest specification of Switchcraft Mono Sockets to give a longer life and better reliability and with the Caps we’ve used the ever popular Orange Drops from Sprague.
All in all, these top end components combine to give great results, time after time, without compromise.