“Make it plain…”
Trademarks: Pure r'n'roll strat sound. Balanced attack. Moderate low end.
Styles: Pop, rock'n'roll, blues, southern, indie, post
Retail price: 100 Euros (without VAT) per pickup
Having the opportunity to check and measure several original, full loaded pickuards from the '57–'59 in the GAS lab, we decided to design a pickup model based on features of the era (medium output Heavy PVA wound coils with cylindrical winding profile and narrow bevel top A5 rods). We then added some of our own design features, and the '57 came along: It provides a full, sparkling sound that is very well suited for maple neck board guitars. Tamed low end and high articulation, with very juicy in-between sounds for more southern and country licks, as well as hyper clean Brit pop riffs. The “Slowhand” sound at its best.
For users who want a lower output neck 57, we have the GASlite 57N-Lo, which has a really low output of ca. 5,9k but with the same voicing as a normal 57N.
For all positions. Also available as a matched set with a RW/RP mid pickup.
1. Combine GASlite 57 (middle position) with GASlite 59 (neck position) and GASlite 57 B plus (bridge position) on a typical SSS Strat® style guitar and you’ll get the ultimate early 80s (rough, "pre-Lenny' tone) SRV set (think El Mocambo)
2. Combine GASlite 57 (middle position) with GASlite 59 (neck position) and GASrailer Plus (bridge position) on a typical SSS Strat® style guitar and you’ll get a versatile set with power humbucker tone on bridge
*Important Note: The final tonal result will be highly dependent on the user's guitar
Neck Rdc range 6,4 kOhms (5,9k for N-Lo) Neck Resonance frequency 8,7 kHz Middle Rdc range 6,2 kOhms Middle Resonance frequency 8,8 kHz Bridge Rdc range 6,5 kOhms Bridge Resonance frequency 8,6 kHz Rod magnet alloy A5 Rod diameter 0,187" Rod top Bevel Winding wire (AWG, Coating) 42 Heavy PVA Hookup wire AWG 22 Cloth braided
Yannis (GAS Pickups) demonstrates the GASlite 57 set
Greek Jazz slinger Nikos Terzakis plays some jazz fusion licks on his 50s style Strat, equipped with a GASlite 57 set
IntroductionFor the proper installation and wiring of your GAS Pickups, we strongly recommend letting a professional luthier or electrician perform this job in order for the pickups to be installed correctly and with no damage, which would harm the pickup’s functionality and warranty.DeliveryAll GAS S Singles are delivered with plastic covers (you may choose between white, cream, and black, or a combination of them, in case that you order more than one pickup), proper height adjustment screws (6-32 x 5/8'' pan head or oval head), and springs (or rubber tubes).WiringGAS S Singles come with two cloth hookup wires, a black and a white one. In the case of a set, if the middle pickup is RW/RP there will be a yellow wire instead of the white one. Usually the black wires will be grounded, while the white and yellow ones will go hot. However, if you install a GAS S Single along with pickups from other brands on the same guitar and face out-of-phase problems when operating with them, just swap the black with the white (or yellow) wires. For the desired wiring diagram of your guitar, please refer to the dozens of specialized websites with such diagrams, depending on the desired configuration.Pickup height or string distanceThere is a lot of conversation on this item. The fact is, there is no absolute guidance for a generic pickup height adjustment! The distance of a pickup to the strings is dependent on countless factors, such as pickup output, pickup position, string gauge, the guitar itself, the guitarist’s overall playing technique (string hitting, etc.), and the musical styles that are about to be covered. In the case of a pickup set, usually the pickup height is adjusted so all pickups show a similar output level, but this is not a rule. Our recommendation: The desired pickup height adjustment is a procedure that may last longer than you think; just start with a generic distance of 2mm on the e strings and repeat the procedure (adjust, play, listen, re-adjust) until you are satisfied. S Singles have a very strong magnetic field towards the strings, but due to our custom staggering, you may put them closer to the strings than other singles with traditional staggering, so try this out. Don’t forget to adjust in small steps (e.g., one full turn of the height adjustment screw each time) in order to easily come back one step if you are not happy with the new situation. And, trust us, if you just repeat the whole thing a couple of weeks later, you will probably find yourself re-adjusting the height again. It is something that each musician should go through by himself.DimensionsGAS S Singles are direct replacements for Strat® guitars and similar models.The pickup’s dimensions (including a pickup cover) are as follows (sizes in mm):
Almost all S Single models are available as a matched set. Can different models be mixed into a custom set?
Any GAS S Single model can be combined with any other into a custom set, following the user’s needs.
A year is used to identify the S Single models (e.g., 54, 59, 61, 63, etc.). Do the relevant models actually correspond to the original models of those years?
GAS Pickups are more "based on" pickups than they are exact reproductions. To create pickups that give the desired tonal qualities, we employ specs from particular eras of old, original pickups (we have the opportunity to measure and analyze dozens of them in our lab) and further enrich them with our specs. For sure GAS S Singles are direct replacements for original Strat® pickups.
What’s the difference between the GASparkle and GASlite models?
GASparkles go for the cleanest sparkling tone with low output and sharper attack, whereas GASlites are more for a medium-higher output and a more mellow tone. However, there are way more details in each model that result in different tone shades and dynamics, so we recommend referring to each model’s technical specs for more information.
A custom staggering is mentioned. What does this mean?
Old Strat® single coil pickups from the 50’s and 60’s had a specific staggering pattern (different distance between each pole and its corresponding string), following the string sets of those eras. The g string was then wound, and it was a very weak one, the b string was louder. Therefore, the g pole was placed high, and the b pole was placed low. With contemporary string gauge sets, the g string is almost always plain. It is the loudest string in the set, while the D string is now the weakest. Therefore, in order to avoid unbalanced signal output between the strings, we designed our S Singles with a custom staggering pattern, which allows for better balance and more proper pickup placement.
Some S singles are available with flat pole rods, others with beveled top rods. What’s the difference?
When comparing poles from the exact same alloy, flat pole rods allow a faster, sharper attack and the highest dynamic range, due to the more rapid change of the magnetic field at their edges. On the contrary, beveled top rods lead to a more smooth attack, are easier to play and offer a naturally, slightly compressed sound that results in more sustain. Watch the video below (preferably in a good audio system) and listen to these differences.