We’re always listening to the requests of our players: more active options, more extended-range pickups, more custom shop offerings, unique pickups like the ’59/Custom Hybrid (which was born out of experiments by members of our User Group Forum).One request we’ve been hearing a lot lately is for alternate magnet types compared to the most commonly-used Alnico 2, Alnico 5 and Ceramic. So for those who want something a little different we’ve developed a new Alnico 4 humbucker set with a tone all its own, yet instantly recognizable too. Meet the Saturday Night Special.
Alnico 4 magnets are a little more reigned-in in the treble and bass frequencies, which keeps them from sounding too harsh or too boomy. Pickups made with these magnets are generally more even-voiced. And In terms of output, the Saturday Night Special set falls midway between vintage 50s humbuckers and modern versions; they have just enough power to push your amp into an edgier tone, but they stop short of the kind of growl you would get from a modern humbucker. Think 70s arena rock, walls of non-master-volume Marshalls, cherry sunburst Les Pauls, denim and maybe a fringed jacket.
The bridge pickup is a little hotter and fatter for a more muscular tone that’s perfect for driving a cranked tube head, but it still has lots of ‘ring’ when you play complex chords, and the clean tone is bright but not harsh. The neck pickup is a little clearer and less ‘wooly’ than most vintage-voiced humbuckers. It’ll give you a sweet, slinky tone when playing leads, and when run clean, you’ll get a sweet, slightly jazzy tonality which is great for chord work.
You can get the Saturday Night Special in a matched set or as individual bridge and neck models, in black uncovered bobbins, zebra uncovered bobbins or under gold or nickel covers.