Zephyr is "the west wind." For Americans, west represents what's next. The trends that will make life better, more enjoyable, more interesting, lie over the western horizon. It's also from where we ex... Click To Read More About This Product
Zephyr is "the west wind." For Americans, west represents what's next. The trends that will make life better, more enjoyable, more interesting, lie over the western horizon. It's also from where we expect innovations that give us what's new and best. The great Zephyr trains symbolized accessible luxury for traveling North America, opening a vast opportunity landscape to restless people no longer willing to be left behind. D'Addario is restless to create the next great sounds for guitar, relentlessly working to make expressive tone affordable, but willing to accept that sometimes what's next costs more.
Zephyr products make new sounds D'Addario likes. They're different. They represent a view of what's next for guitar. They are premium offerings made only for people who want them, whether that's five or five thousand.
Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silver Pickups give you everything you love about electric guitar, but more. Richer tone, more explosive dynamics, more responsive touch, a deliciously dense but wide-open sound.
Zephyr Silver pickups combine four distinct innovations unbound from pickup tradition:
Silver Wire Coils
Known as "The Great Conductor" among metals, silver and silver-plated wire's sonic excellence is well established in high fidelity audio applications, including moving coil phono cartridges, vacuum tube amplifier output transformers and cabling. Just as silver in audio makes music reproduction more convincing and alive, in pickup coils it gives your guitar punchier, jumpier, burstier feel with harmonically dense, dripping tone.
Nickel and Stainless Steel Bi-Metallic Pole Pieces
Combining these two premier transformer metals to shape and focus the magnetic field disturbed by your guitar's vibrating strings further contributes to the vivid, energetic sound of Zephyr Silver.
Glass Fiberfill Nylon Bobbin
Every dialectric material imparts its own sonic properties. In listening tests of new, more stable bobbin materials, we chose glass-filled nylon for slight advantages in definition and detail, as well as excellent material stability and consistent finish.
Supercooling materials renders permanent improvement to their grain structure. Also an established enhancement in high-end audio, where cable, vacuum tubes and even entire electronic components are cryogenically treated for improvements in clarity and realism, we achieved similar results for guitar tone by cryogenically treating completed pickups, copper and silver alike. Cryo treatment enhances string definition and boosts the "way huge" potential of your guitar.
In combination they lend the premium Zephyr Silver pickups uniquely fast transients, wider but smooth frequency response, deeply rich harmonics, and unprecedented midrange tone density, with audible gains in string detail, articulation and overall definition. Slighter touch produces expressive sound, yet peak dynamics are more explosive, making your guitar feel more energetic and alive. D'Addario considers Zephyr Silver the most expressive pickups so far. They are not inexpensive, but from squeaky clean to buzzsaw grind, you'll hear and feel more power, projection and expression from any electric guitar.
Pure Silver Magnet Wire
Lowest resistance of any metal known, 5.36% lower than copper
Lower losses throughout the frequency spectrum, especially in the higher ranges
Softer and more supple than copper wire
Allows more controlled and repeatable winding
The layers of the coil stack up more neatly and evenly
Less prone to breakage, more reliable
In un-potted pickups, lower microphonic levels
Lower temperature coefficient than copper by 2.56%
More compatible with lead-free, high silver content solders
Lower losses at metal transition points
Composite, Bi-Metallic Pole Pieces
Combines a 440C Stainless steel with pure nickel core
High chromium content stainless
Superior magnetic properties, higher saturation level. Extends dynamic range on the large signal end
Attractive and corrosion resistant without requiring plating
Pure nickel core
Flat hysteresis loop of nickel gives high sensitivity to small signals with the ability to subtle changes.
Senses and translates nuance better. Extends dynamic range on small signals
Cryogenic Treatment of Pickup after final assembly
Permanently aligns crystal lattice of all materials and removes stresses introduced during manufacturing of raw materials and winding and final assembly of pickup
Normalizes internal structure of the magnet(s) for more consistent gauss strength across all strings and from unit to unit
Aligns internal structure of the magnet wire, further reducing losses and increasing efficiency of pickup
Glass Filled Nylon Bobbins
Nylon is a low Q material
Less prone to microphonics, especially in un-potted pickups
Will not color the sound with "ringing" like cheaper plastics
Glass filling dramatically increases structural integrity; produces stiffer bobbin flanges
No "end flaring". Coil structure remains consistent, layer to layer. Minimizes high frequency losses and maintains balanced frequency response
Tough and stable. Will take a beating without damage