The Alternative 8 Trembucker is a high output humbucker with Alnico 8 magnet for extra output and wider spacing of the pole pieces for bridge position on trem-bridge-equipped guitars. It's perfect for... Read More
The Alternative 8 Trembucker is a high output humbucker with Alnico 8 magnet for extra output and wider spacing of the pole pieces for bridge position on trem-bridge-equipped guitars. It's perfect for all rock styles and great for use with high gain amps. Seymour Duncan's first production pickup to use an Alnico 8 magnet, the Alternative 8 starts with hot coils wound for maximum output. With the addition of the Alnico 8 magnet, output is enhanced with a huge, punchy sound, full of fat mids and present upper-mids. This is a dynamic pickup that doesn't get "sizzly" or dark like some high-output ceramic magnet pickups.
What does Trembucker mean and how is it different from Humbucker?
Humbuckers and Trembuckers are very similar to each other, and most humbucker models also come in Trembucker versions. The Trembucker-spaced JB, for example, is a TB-4 and the humbucker-spaced version in an SH-4. The only difference is the wider spacing of the pole pieces on the Trembucker versions. This spacing issue only applies to the bridge position pickup, which is why Trembuckers are recommended for the bridge position. Trembuckers are designed for wider string most commonly associated with Floyd Rose or vintage vibrato bridges (often called Tremolos) with a string spacing of 2.070" or 52.6mm, measured center of high string to center of low string over the bridge pickup. Humbuckers are designed for bridges with traditional Gibson humbucker string spacing of 1.930" or 49mm, measured center of high string to center of low string over the bridge pickup. Humbucker spaced pickups work in both bridge and neck positions, even with a Trembucker-spaced bridge pickup. A quick and easy way to tell which you need is to measure from the middle of the high string to the middle of the low string, directly over the pickup. If the distance is greater than two inches or 50mm, go for a Trembucker. If it's less than two inches or 50mm, go for a humbucker.