The Late 50s single coils are one of a new range of pickups we're winding, along with the Late 60s, which aim to accurately re-create the pickup from certain notable points from the electric guitars history.
What you're looking at here is a pretty cool design, and one that really captured players imaginations right from the very off, because of some interesting little design ideas that weren't really seen before or since.
The most striking feature on offer here, is the actual height of the bobbins being used - slightly squater then most other single coils, the late 50s are wound up to a fairly weighty six Kohms in neck, middle and bridge positions, and whilst it might not seem the most suited of winds to give a beautifully warm, rounded tone, the way the coils lay really does give some fantastic results - certainly something you dont see with the less well designed imitations you'll see on the market
Tonally, the pickups are actually much warmer then you'd maybe expect too, a nice tight bottom end, a very chimy, bell like upper register, and a fair pressence in the mid range mean they're actually pretty far removed from some of the razor sharp 50s style pickups we've tried in the past. Think very early Rock & Roll - that sort of fairly thick, textured tone, capable of being delivered over a fairly broad spectrum of gain settings. Very biting, very throaty in the bridge, mellowing to a creamy, also chewy, marshmellowy warmth in the neck positon.
The magnets are, as you'd expect, an 3/16" Alnico V, light bevel as standard to really focus the field of influence, and retain a little more "snap" in the EQ - obviously, all parts of a pickup work in combination to produce the overall tone, but for us, a smaller Alnico 5 poles really does help bring out a healthy dose of pick attack, and in turn that goes a long way to really eccenuate your playing.
And keeping firmly with that 50s theme, we've wound these up with 42 AWG heavy build formvar, all by hand, here at Axesrus in the UK, all fed by hand, and wax potted in a 50/50 blend of parafin and bees wax.
Beyond that, its business as usual really - everything is pretty much customisable, huge range of colours on the covers, you can get them built up in right handed, left handed or non staggered, you can pick up a set with a RWRP middle or not, you can buy each pickup individually if you want to mix and match them with different pickups, and if you REALLY know your stuff, you can even stipulate the wind direction and polairy - all you'll ever need to get exactly what you want!