Bare Knuckle Sultans Strat Pickup Set
The Bare Knuckle Sultan's set of single coil pickups features traditional vintage stagger Alnico II pole pieces hand bevelled to focus the power of each magnet under the strings. They are bright, crisp with incredible detail, and percussive, in the manner of some of the best vintage strat pickups. Calibrated to provide an even balance of power, each coil is individually scatterwound by hand with plain enamel wire and hooked up using cloth "push back" cable just like the originals. Wax potted to guard against microphony, reverse-wound, reverse polarity middle pickup (hum cancelling when used with the bridge or neck pickup in position 2 or 4 of a 5 way switch) and guaranteed for life; these Sultans are kings of supreme clean guitar sound.
Every Bare Knuckle pickup is hand built and hand wound one at a time, and then tested- meaning "played" and listened to with various amps and gain settings. The coils of every Bare Knuckles pickup is scatterwound with varying gauges of enamelled copper wire, the thickness of the wire and type of wire insulation dependant upon the sound they are after. They wind the majority of their pickups with the traditional plain enamel wire used originally in the early days of pickup winding.
Scatterwinding by hand can be time consuming but it has many advantages over conventional machine winding, not least a far superior sound. When a coil is scatterwound, the wire isn't as close or even, layer on layer, as with a machine and this lowers the distributed capacitance that exists between the turns of the wire. Lower capacitance allows more top end through, the resonant peak increases slightly and the pickup has a flatter frequency response across its range. The result is a clearer, more open sound that has the impression of being louder purely by the amount of extra detail and dynamics present.
Bare Knuckle Pickups is a small, privately owned business based in the South West of England. The employees are all guitar players with experience in performing and recording. These guys know what they are doing and have quickly earned the reputation of building some of the best sounding pickups on the planet. We are very excited to be a Bare Knuckle dealer.
Bare Knuckle Sultan Sound Clip