We’ve been working on the Wraiths now for just over a year, and because they’re a pickup that’s a little out of the ordinary in its construction, we’ve been sending them out to a few of our dealers and endorsed artists to road test in the real world, to see how they perform – the reason why? They’re built around 3 magnets, rather than the traditional 1 – so we really wanted to get these perfect before jumping in with both feet.
And, thankfully – not only does it work – it incredible! In the high output stakes, it’s very common to see “more is better” – higher resistances, stronger magnets, higher impedance, higher outputs – and it’s not always true that they’ll yield the best results – but the Wraith Humbucker plays right into that idea – running at a huge 16K winding, coils balanced to perfection to keep hum down to a minimum, and with massively powerful, oversized Ceramic 8 magnets – these things absolutely sizzle! 80s Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Modern and Classic Metal – you name, it, anything where you need excellent response under gain – these are the humbuckers to do it.
Compared to the Hot Iron – our “go to” high output pickup – the Wraith distorts earlier, retains more clarity at higher gain, responds better to drop tuning, maintains a tighter low end response to avoid that dread “Flub” and doesn’t display that usual “mid range honk” that you’d get with something a little more traditional – this results in a much sharper, more rangy tone – maybe lacking a little of the versatility of the Hot Iron, but beating it hands down in terms of performance in the heavier stuff.
Strangely too, the sustain is immense compared to a normal humbucker – normally when you start working with stronger magnets, its something you lose pretty quickly (as the magnets literally limit the amount of movement the string has as it passes through its field) – but with the 3 magnets, it actually seems to have the negative effect – almost like the strings are being pushed and pulled by the outside pair – certainly something we didn’t intend on achieving – but a welcome surprise!