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Nothing comes over a proper humbucker, when it comes to a fat, punchy guitar sound. Whether it is rock, blues, jazz, soul, heavy, or even country music, GAS humbuckers provide a huge range of sounds.


Designing a humbucker has to be followed by precise assembly work, using top quality parts, in order to end up with the desired result: A high quality guitar pickup.


Starting from low output PAFish oriented sounds, and ranging up to the ultimate hi-gain inferno, carefully designed and assembled entirely by hand from the best available parts, GAS-buckers always sound open, no matter their output level!


We, at GAS pickups, always keep deep care on all the parts we use for our humbuckers! Currently, ALL metal parts that are used on GAS humbuckers (baseplates, covers, slugs, Fillister cheese-head screws, bobbin mounting screws, poleshoes, etc.) are made of correct alloy - the BEST available quality worldwide!

For example, we use 1006, 1010 and 1018 steel alloy Fillister screws, depending on the humbucker model and the frequency range that should be emphasized. For the slugs, we use either chamfered or not-chamfered slugs, made of 1215 steel.

Also, the bobbins used on our Legend PAFoids are made of original butyrate material, and available in the correct colors, black, 1959 ivory and 1960 ivory! We also use different butyrate bobbins for "new" and "aged" buckers - yep, it's in the details! Last-not-least, top quality wire as WMS Plain Enamel, Elektrisola Polysol P155, and Elektrisola Heavy PVA, in AWG 42 & 43 is used.


But, it's the magnetic parts that we use, which really make the difference on GAS humbuckers! Cast AlNiCo II (A2) bars, long rough cast & polished AlNiCo V (A5) bars, all of them made in the US from correct AlNiCo alloy, and Ceramic OX bars are currently used on our buckers.


Our rough-cast A5 magnet bars come from US manufacturer Thomas & Skinner, who supplied US Musical Instrument brands in the golden era of the 50's and 60's. These bars are exclusively made for GAS Pickups, following the old MMPA standards of 1964, feature the same alloy as back then, and are also slightly degaussed for more dynamics. T&S bars are  installed on our top-line, the Legend series' PAFoids & G's. Legend GAS models simply deliver that distinctive old school sound, dynamic and mellow - as it has to be.


Our polished A5 magnet bars, which are used on our A5 humbuckers of the Standard, Dark Grey and MS (Multi Sound) series, come from US Top manufacturer Arnold Magnetic Technologies (AMT), who has also been a magnetic material supplier of all leading US Musical Instrument brands in the 50's & 60's!


GAS guitar humbuckers are provided with standard 49,2mm spacing, in double black, zebra, or double white (original '59 & '60 ivory color, depending on the model). Many  models are available also in a 7-string version, and some bridge models are also delivered with 53mm spacing, see below for details. Upon request, German Silver covers (nickel, nickel-antique & gold plated), and an aged pickup look also offered as options.

Last-not-least, as our every pickup, GAS buckers are wax potted for less feedback, except some Legend PAFoid models which can be delivered in a non wax-potted version upon request. So, take a look on our models here below, and contact us for further details!


All GAS humbuckers are available for testing on our guitars in G.A.S.! Bring your axe with, if you are near, and dare ANY comparison test!!!!


Note: When comparing pickup data, we strongly recommend to not judge a guitar pickup by its DC Resistance. This easily measured, widely known size does not tell that much about the sound coloration that is expected from a cetrain pickup, when operated on a guitar.


 

Furthermore, it's the frequency response curve (frequency vs level) and especially the resonance peak of each pickup model, that do better describe the frequency response and harmonic content, which determine the sound. You may find the resonance frequency on each of our guitar pickup model data (last line, on the bottom of each model's description).

Apart from these, you have to consider, that the guitar electrics (vol & tone pots, tone caps) as well as the guitar cable will also significantly drift the resonance frequency towards mellower range and cut the peak in many dBs. Also, metallic pickup covers as in Telly neck and Humbucker pickups, will also cut the resonance peak and (depending on the finish) also slightly drift the resonance frequency. GAS Humbucker data that are presented below, are measured WITHOUT covers.


Last-not-least: The connection wire (a.k.a. "hook-up cable") of a humbucker and a P90-style pickup do also contribute to the overall sound coloration. GAS buckers and G models are fine tuned during the final quality control by the length of their connection wire (single braided or 4 conductor). Therefore we recommend to not shorten the wire at any way during installing a GAS humbucker or G model on a guitar.




          GAS Humbucker 4-conductor connection drawing: