Ethereal - The Power to Perform
The Ethereal is a bit of a strange pickup on the face of it - it’s so highly wound at 16K that you’re instantly thinking “this is going to be high output/tons of gain/wont clean up” but its actually a bit “Sheep in Wolves clothing” – and as such, performs much more like what we’d associate with a medium output humbucker.
That’s not to say the Ethereal won’t hold its own when it comes to rock and metal – but in real terms, where something like the Laudanum will give you a blistering lower mid-range punch in the gut, or the Wraith will tear your face off at 100 paces with its trashy, razor sharp attack, the Ethereal a little more refined, more the virtuosos pickup then the metal heads.
Rather than aiming to give you bucket loads of heat and definition and really play up to that "metal monster" ethos we all have for high output pickups, its actually designed to give you a real warmth, with plenty of responsiveness that makes them perfect for hammer ones, arpeggios, intricate picking.
Sure it'll distort with the best of them, and that power can quickly be harnessed when you need it, but this is more the "every day" high output side of things - when you need a pickup that’s going to really give you plenty of body, plenty of warmth, not a huge amount of top end and will actually behave itself when you're not in full blown Rock God mode.