Alt '88 Tele Pickup - Mid-Range
Loud, Quiet, Loud - Fatter, Fuller with more mid-range. Designed for more Indie/Alternative styles & sounds
Magnets: Alnico 2 or Alnico 5
Polarity: South Up
Coil Wire: 43AWG Plain Enamel
Lead Wire: Vintage Cloth Pushback
Baseplate: Plated Steel
The Alt '88 pickup was inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s and after feedback from players the design has now been split into two distinct versions. Whereas the "Alt '88 - Treble" uses thicker 42awg coil wire and taller, stronger rod magnets for a brighter, more cutting sound, the "Alt '88 - Mid-Range" uses the same taller, stronger rod magnets but is overwound with thinner 43awg coil wire for a fatter, fuller, more mid-range voice. Both have been designed to have similar, higher, more powerful outputs - the difference comes from how they're voiced.
With less in the higher frequencies the "Alt '88 - Mid-Range" sits in the band mix better, not as dominant or cutting as the 'Treble' version, a little sweeter, less brittle, a little fuller, a little darker - the more melancholy side to its brash alternative.
Alt '88 Tele Mid-Range - Magnet Choices
With magnets, Alnico 2 is that bit weaker so ‘holds’ the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate that little more to add a little more warmth & resonance to the overall sound. Alnico 5 is slightly stronger so therefore ‘holds’ the strings that little more for slightly more attack, focus, brightness and a little increased output. Magnets don’t have ‘tone’ but they do have strength to varying degrees which has an effect on the overall sound, all other things being equal. Alnico 2 can be great to tame a bright bridge sound whereas a stronger magnet can help to keep clarity & definition in the naturally darker neck position.
The Alt '88 range has been a real labour of love and these pickups and have gone through numerous changes before launch just to get them right. A great Tele rhythm or lead pickup if you want more an an alternative/leftfield sound.
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