Creamery Alt '88 'Twin Sound' Pickups - Specifications
Loud, Quiet, Loud - Attacking, Aggressive Strat Pickup. Designed for more Indie/Alternative styles & sounds. Now in a 'Twin Sound' Coil Tapped Design
Magnets: Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire: 42AWG & 44AWG Plain Enamel
Lead Wire: Vintage Cloth with separate ground wire for the claw
Output - Bridge: 8.4k (11.6k)
Output - Middle: 7.8k (10.8k)
Output - Neck: 7.5k (10.5k)
The Alt '88 pickup was inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s and after feedback from Strat players the design has not only been split into two distinct versions, I've also designed the new 'Twin Sound' version for a more versatile pickup with a wider range of sounds.
'Twin Sound' Alt '88s in One Coil-Tapped Strat Pickup
The brighter sounding Alt '88 inner coil that becomes fatter, fuller with more-mid-range and a higher output with the added outer coil.
Scatterwound inner coil with a tightly wound outer coil pressed around the custom designed magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, the Alt '88 'Twin Sound' pickups for Stratocaster give the two distinct voices for indie/alternative playing in one replacement Strat pickup. With simple push/pull pots (or my preferred push/push pots) you can have the brighter, more abrasive Alt '88 'Treble' sounds - then with simple switching you have a fatter, fuller, rounder, more mid-range version with a higher output for a more versatile guitar.
The idea came when collaborating with a well-known Jaguar guitarist on a completely new, custom design - working on a new switching system to allow push/push pots to combine a classic bright sound with the fatter, fuller, stronger alternative sounds with more mid-range that he wanted for studio & live work. I took this idea to the Alt '88 Strat range for a new coil-tapped design.
Not everyone has two Strats so if you're looking for more versatility and a wider pallete of sounds, from bright to mid-range - then maybe the new 'Twin-Sound' range is for you. With two concentric coils, the inner is wound with standard 42awg coil wire to give you the bright, rich, single coil Alt '88 'Treble' sound whereas the outer coil is wound with much thinner 44awg to add more mid-range and change the overall sound to a much fatter, fuller, warmer voice with a noticeably higher output to push more - So with the flick of a switch or push of the pot you can suddenly drive & push the sound more.
Available in Alnico 2 for a slightly warmer overall sound or Alnico 5 for a slightly clearer, more defined, attacking sound, I spent a long time getting these new 'Twin Sound' coil tap Alt '88 pickups just right. Alnico 2 works well for the bridge but with the naturally darker neck position, I tend to prefer the stronger ALncio 5.
Please Note: These aren't hum-cancelling pickups, they have 2 coils in a concentric/coaxial design.
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Strat Pickups here.