We’ve been producing the Class Acts for nearly a
decade now, and they still deliver the goods time and time again, even when
compared to some of the newer, more specialised models we’ve created in recent
years. They’ve been back to the prototyping team a few times, and every time,
they come back exactly the same! The general consensus is that if you’re
looking for a good, honest Single Coil pickup – they’re hard to beat, and are,
without doubt one of the best all rounder’s we have on the books.
The inspiration for them came from the pickups of the late 1960s, our aim was to produce a good Strat® styled pickup for
the guitarist who isn’t looking for anything overly complicated, and simply
wants that characteristic snap and bite – so we set about crafting that iconic tone.
All fairly standard parts in the construction, we
used those Classic AlnicoV magnets to give that beautifully shaped quack that
just screams out rock and blues. We’ve also used Formvar coated copper to give
that little extra sparkle to the tone – something we really associate with this
The neck and middle pickups actually have a lot in
common with a 50s styled pickup, but without any of the draw backs. The middle
pickup is reverse wound and reverse polarity to give hum cancellation in the 2
and 4 positions, and they are both voiced with a more mellow character in mind
when compared to the razor sharp “true” 50s styled Daddy-Os.
The bridge, by comparison, takes heavy inspiration
to the Legendary X-1 bridge that turned up in the early 80s, a hugely over
wound single coil that will give a much more soulful, rich feel, ready to take
on any lead and distorted work that’s on the horizon.
Used in combination with the middle, it also
performs admirably, carrying across the bite and aggression from the “solo”
bridge, but tempering it slightly with the creamy middle.
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