High output single-coil-size "rails" humbucker. Great for classic rock, garage, punk, heavy rock, thrash, classic metal and nu-metal.
Delivers a fat, full sound with incredible output. The powerful ceramic magnet, two steel blades and over-wound coils all combine to provide a heavy, raw, distorted tone with incredible sustain. Compared to the Little '59, Hot Rails has more output and a chunkier mid-range. Comes in black only with four-conductor cable.
For all well-balanced instruments. Works equally well with maple and rosewood fingerboards.
About the Guitars: We used a Fender American made '52 re-issue with a light-weight ash body, a maple fingerboard and a fresh set of American Flyer 10-46 gauge strings. We kept the pickup-to-string heights consistent between each change of pickups.
About the Amps: We employed the "highest common denominator" philosophy in our amp selection. For clean tones, we used a silverface Fender Super Reverb with stock 4x10 "blue frame" speakers. We kept the Bright Switch "On" throughout. For crunch tones, we used a well-worn Marshall JCM 800 50 watt master volume head through a new Marshall 1960A Celestion®-loaded 4x12 cabinet. We plugged into the High output. With both amps we close miked straight-on with SM-57s through a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixer.
These are the amp settings:
- Cable: Four Conductor
- DC Resistance: Neck: Full - 10.90 k, Bridge: 14.8 k
- Resonant Peak: Neck: Full - 3.9 KHz , Bridge: 2.5 KHz
- Magnet: Ceramic Bar
- EQ (B/M/T): Neck - 5 / 7 / 5, Bridge: 5 / 9 / 4
Troy Van Leeuwen / Queens of the Stone Age, Mike Stern, John 5 / Marilyn Manson & Rob Halford, Joe Trohman / Fall Out Boy
Most pickups can't be returned once installed because of the installation process that requires soldering, etc. Seymour Duncan however offers a fantastic 21 Day Return Policy! Here's the details:
Seymour Duncan / Basslines offers our 21 Day Real World Exchange Policy on all new pickups purchased in the U.S. and some other participating countries, which states the following: If for any reason you're not satisfied with the pickup's sound or construction, return it and your receipt to your dealer, or direct to the factory within 21 days for exchange with another pickups of equal or lesser value. To do this, please just send us an email and include your invoice number and the new pickup you'd like to exchange towards.