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Axesrus - The Purist Humbucker

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The Purist

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Rock Hard Rock

Francis Gill has worked closely with us for a number of years now as our resident guitarist and product development consultant.

He is the man you’ll hear on the vast majority of our sound recordings, so it only seemed fitting to actually make him an Axesrus® Humbucker that exactly matched his wants and needs – and here we are - “The Purist”!

When sitting down to design this humbucker, we had versatility in the front of our minds. We’ve said it before that sometimes the most musically diverse pick-ups can also be the most diluted and bland. The last thing Francis wanted was to settle on something that would merely ‘do a job’ in a wide a range of settings.

This humbucker needed to seriously perform no matter what he threw at it, whilst retaining its own distinctive voice! One of the most important (and toughest to tackle) issues when designing more versatile pick-ups is the ‘heat factor’. We’re looking at a pickup thats not so cool that the bottom end starts to misbehave under extreme levels of distortion, but not so blisteringly hot that it refuses to clean up, so wound at 9.7k, the Purist is perfectly balanced to achieve this.

The oversized alnico V magnet is a nice little twist on the design for us – usually the preserve of the “vintage elite”, we’re utilising it in a more modern setting here, so its helping to deliver that all important high frequency range between 4-6 khz – its retain clarity and presence, whilst helping to round off the sharp edges that can often come as an undesired bi-product of modern rectified high gain. All in all, the result is an organic attenuation of the extreme top end that tracks with neither evasion, nor artifice. This gives the Purist a really sweet and liquid smooth tone!

Run it totally clean and you’ll get warmth, with a full bodied mid range. If you turn up the gain dial slightly those mid-range frequencies will get dirtier and provide a fatter bluesy punch. Run it hot and the harmonics spring to life! The ‘business end’ of the mid-range becomes more aggressive, and natural compression increases to balance dynamic transients and boost sustain, all the while the bottom end remains boldly intact, tracking fast and true.

Something we really wanted to nail on for Francis is to keep the pickup quiet on stage – once upon a time he was a devout “high output” player – so there’s a raft of 15 – 20K Humbuckers lurking in his guitar stand – and every single just kicks up a fuss as soon as you stop playing – sending him running to your tuner to mute the signal path as soon as he rattles out that lost note – simply put – he lives in fear of deafening the audience with mega feedback.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The Purist - amazing humucker! January 19, 2018
Reviewer: Sim On from London, Lonson England  
Got this in my Fat strat - and this pickup does an amzing job at being a single coil - giving true strato in between sound together with middle single. At the same time it really shines on it's own in bridge position. It sounds good clean, gets very nice definition with a bit of dirt and screams with high gain. It is truly difficult to find a humbucker that versatile and good sounding.

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5 of 5 WOW September 28, 2015
Reviewer: Nick from United Kingdom  
Thanks so much for getting the pick up to me so quickly. I just got it wired and done some brief testing and have to say WOW! This is the sound I was looking for and even matches the other pickups perfectly.
Thanks again for answering my dozens of questions and helping me get That Sound.  Your patience is very much appreciated!

The Gill does a GREAT job of the clean/dirty balance. It has a good amount of punch, nice musical mids, and enough highs to cut through without cutting glass. No icepicks here! I like to think of music in colours, and this, to me, is a dark red. Not too dark, you don’t want it to get lost, but rich, musical and fitting in with whatever else is going on.  Saturated tones are exactly what you need - enough chug to fatten things up, and enough highs to solo with veracity!I don’t usually like bridge humbuckers clean, although that could be the couple of Seymour’s I’ve played, but this one is fantastic! Crisp, clear and still lots of mids to make it sound JUST right. Split, it is what you would expect a decent strat bridge pickup to sound like, almost Tele-like, but again, not an icepick. I LOVE the in-between sound on a Tele, and this does that just  right. It’s a beautiful rhythm thing.
Oh, and it blends really well with my neck double-single coil thing. All the tones on the guitar are nice and warm, with some in-between (think Strat on two and four) split sounds for good measure.

One super happy customer!!

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