Daddy-Os are easily one of our favourite single coils in the office – they were
initially designed to recreate that iconic 1950s tone as accurately as
possible, and to do this, we used the same magnets, the same bevels, the same
wire, the same insulation – everything is 100% identical to the original – and
we’re happy to say they deliver tonally too. What initially started as an exercise
in historical re-creation eventually yielded one of the sweetest sounding
“clean”pickups we’ve ever made.
50s inspired pickups, it’s worth taking into consideration what they’re likely
to deliver before we go any further. The characteristic, “early tone” is sharp!
And I mean razor blade sharp, and as you’d imagine, it’s thin, light, bright
and breezy in the mids with a tight bass – almost too tight by modern standards
– but more on that later.
should I expect?
looking at is a pickup that was created before Rock, Blues, Funk, Soul, and Pop
– originally it was designed for Country and nothing else – and you can hear it
in spades with the fifties design we’ve used on the Daddy-Os. They’ll cut
through almost everything, come out sparkling on the other side and it won’t
step on any toes on its way through.
nowadays, there’s a lot of 50s nostalgia when it comes to guitars, and none
draw quite as much attention as Single coils – but what we must remember is a
50s tone is notably different to a 60s tone, a 70s tone or a modern tone. It’s
actually incredibly specialised, it’s too sharp to take to distortion well,
it’s too thin to really take up space like we think a Stratocaster® should, in
fact, your unlikely to ever turn on the radio and hear an true 50s tone.
Daddy-Os excel at, is clean lead work – they’ll lap up reverb like it’s going
out of fashion, and they make a beautiful alternative to that “Twang” if you’re
looking to do a lot of work with the focus on the brighter end of the spectrum.
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