Just like the thread title says: Anyone here using Kinmans?
I'm not, but I did have a Kinman neck, an AVN56 or something like that, and they are as good as advertised. Very sweet clear tone and no hum -- plus the pole spacing is a little tighter on their neck models so the E-strings aren't hanging off the inside of the outer poles.
In other words, I haven't tried Duncan's new stacks yet, but a definite thumbs up for Kinman. I'm waiting for his P90 stack line to come out, something he says he's working on. Also curious about the new Gibson H90's, but I'm not holding my breath.
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I e-mailed him a while back about the P90's and he said there would be an announcement sometime later this year.
But on the Strat stacks, trust me, the one I had sounded authentic and great.
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I assume you're referring to the Traditional Mk-II set. Is that correct?
I didn't have a whole set, just a neck pu, the AVn-56 at 5.6k.
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I use the kinman AVn 62 on the neck of my 80s jap strat. It sounds killer. I've tried everything from texas specials to vintage rails and these are the best sounding for authentic strat tone i've found. My main 2 guitars are my i2 and my strat. i prefer the kinman over the jazz neck pickup in the i2 for sure.
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I LOVE Kinmans and have them in my Suhr ( marvin set with no solder K9 harness ), my Tyler AVN 69 neck and mid and just had the same installed in my Anderson.
My best mate and guitar tech hasa real 62 Strat and we've compared my Suhr set to it and COULDN'T tell the difference.
He immediately ordered a set for his other Strat.
They have every quality I love about single coils, mix PERFECTLY with my split humbuckers in Pos 2 of the 5 way and best of all NO NOISE, quieter even than a humbucker.
My money was very well spent and I'll never buy another single coil again.
The marvin's are a little fatter and hotter.
They're perfect in the Strat as it's brighter than the Anderson and Tyler.
My other thing with Kinman is that ALL the polepieces line up in the neck and I find this makes a HUGE difference to the low E and A strings, I've no idea why noone else does it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The strap's from Hippie Straps, you can find them on E bay but they made mine specially.
I had to modify it though as I asked for a Brass adjuster and it weighed so much and took a chunk out of the guitar, so I changed it for a plastic one myself.
Fantastic strap though ( Paul Gilbert also uses them !! )
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The other guitarist in my band has a set of Kinman Woodstocks in his American Strat and they sound incredible. They are the most touch responsive pickups I have ever heard. He can set his Framus Cobra to get a very heavy, high gain tone and still get a clean tone from his guitar by turning down the volume and lightening his touch. And I mean a good, useable clean tone. It's actually kind of spooky. If I were more of a Strat player I would get a set without a second thought.
I've always wanted to try a Woodstock Plus set in my Strat... that of course, will have to wait until I win the lottery.
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I had a couple sets and they were fantastic. I had the Woodstocks in a three pickup Tele and the Standards in a Strat. Really nice.
I have the AVn-62 (Blues) middle + neck pickups on my Warmoth Ash strat. I like em very much, authentic strat tone, very touch responsive and no noise at all. They match perfectly with the Phat Cat bridge. I have also played a lot of timed on an 70's strat (ash) the Marvin set and it's also very very good. I recommend both sets.
Personally I'm a bridge humbucker guy, I have the one Strat with the Marvin set and I use it regularly for my Pink Floyd tribute but a bridge single simply isn't versatile enough for me.
As a bridge single the one in the Marvin is much better than other others I've tried, which was why Kinman suggested that set for me.
The bridge I had in my Strat was nice...very usable. The Tele bridge was great, too, I'll try to find a clip.
I've had a couple of AVn 62s as they were called, for about 9 or more years in my guitar along with a SD JB in the bridge. I wanted a humbucker in the bridge and single colis elsewhere to get a variety of sounds at the time I had the guitar made. I'm very interested in the fabled P90's which have been talked about for years, but have never materialised.
The Kinmans are exceptional pickups, completely noiseless (the JB picks up more hum than they do I'm afraid). They sound awesome as well. I'm considering getting a newer set as he says that he has improved them still - also the string spacing of newer models is better for neck pickups now.
I recommend them.
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