- Wire, our 42ga Heavy Formvar wire is not just stock wire. We have sent dozens of samples of wire from early stratocasters for analysis. We get our 42ga Heavy Formvar built to the exact specs of the samples we have had analyzed. Exact Resistance, Exact ID & OD, & Color matching. Our 42ga Heavy Formvar Wire is the most authentic and accurate Magnet Wire Available.
- Tone, the tone of our Authentic 1956 pickups is simply amazing, stunning, and authentic. You will never hear a more pure sounding pickup. People often ask us why vintage pickups sound so good. Well, the main reason why is that materials used in the 50s & 60's are not the same as today's off the shelf parts. Replicating every alloy, every element, every aspect of a pickup is why our 1956 Epic Series Pickups sound identical to a real 1956 pickup. We get every part of the Epic 1956 pickups specially manufactured, only for us, from an actual 1956 pickup. We've A/B them and the tones are identical.
- Compression, the current Alnico 5 alloy is very strong, very bright, & has quite a brittle edginess. One of the first things that is noticeable is that original magnets aren't as strong. This is not due to demagnetizing (like every other manufacturers does), but it's due to the chemical composition. 1956 ash body guitars are know for their sweet clean tones but with their uncanny ability to drive the signal with out a heavy mid range. The pickups are just that, clean & driven, a perfect combination for any strat players who's wanting a REAL STRAT Sound.
The early strats are highly collectible, very expensive, are their tone is jaw dropping, so now is your chance to get them in your guitar. 1956 guitars and pickups fetch a steep price tag. We tested these pickups in multiple strats, Alder, Ash, Mahogany, Basswood, in both Maple & Rosewood necks. There was no combination that did not sound excellent. If you are wanting a closer rendition, ash/maple.
Fun Fact, about half way through 1956, fender switched over to alder bodies, paving the way for the ever so classic and iconic 1957 stratocaster guitar.
All pickups are "Flash Potted" to avoid microphonic squeal but still retains the natural characteristics just like original pickups.
Left Hand Available - No Extra Charge