In 1968, Jimi Hendrix played a Strat loaded with pickups hand-wound by Seymour. Fifty years later, Seymour Duncan is sharing a piece of that history with you.On a chilly evening in March of 1968, Jimi Hendrix asked a young Seymour W. Duncan to walk his guitar up onstage. That Strat was loaded with pickups Seymour had made just for Jimi, and that un... Click To Read More About This Product
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In 1968, Jimi Hendrix played a Strat loaded with pickups hand-wound by Seymour. Fifty years later, Seymour Duncan is sharing a piece of that history with you.
On a chilly evening in March of 1968, Jimi Hendrix asked a young Seymour W. Duncan to walk his guitar up onstage. That Strat was loaded with pickups Seymour had made just for Jimi, and that unforgettable night would set in motion Seymour’s future - and his legacy almost five decades later. Now you can be a bit closer to Jimi’s world with their Hendrix Loaded Pickguards.
The Hendrix Loaded Pickguard (Standard Route) houses those pickups in a pre-loaded 3-ply white pickguard with reverse-angle bridge pickup route. Like Jimi’s music, the Hendrix Strat Set pickups have their roots in the traditional but with an eye on the future.
Each is custom wound for a richer, melodic tone: the bridge model has an aggressive attack that cuts through while staying true to his iconic lead tone. The neck pickup sounds thick and full and is great for chord work, bluesy melodies, double-stops and Jimi’s signature hybrid chord/melody style. And in the in-between positions there’s plenty of that classic Strat “quack.”
To help you to get even closer to Jimi’s earth-shattering tone, each pickup is made with a reverse magnet stagger to capture the effect of playing a right-handed guitar upside-down and restrung for a lefty.
The 3-ply white Hendrix Loaded Pickguard features 250K pots, a 5-way pickup selector switch and .047 caps.
The Hendrix Loaded Pickguard is fully authorized by Authentic Hendrix LLC.
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Comments about Seymour Duncan Hendrix Loaded Prewired Pickguard:
Sound: These things are pretty sweet. They aren't that hot and you can get some great classic tones out of them and they'll push to break if you hit 'em hard. You do get the single coil "hum," so get some of that magic paint or copper tape, or these pickups may not be for you.
Feature: Vintage cloth wiring, everything is already soldered and put together. I did a pick guard swap very easily because I wanted a different color. Should last forever! It comes with a jack that has vintage cloth soldered to it (that's the only soldering required) no jack plate). it doesn't come with a ground cord (oh well!) Voodoo option is a nice touch.
Ease of Use: Only Jimi could play like he could. If you play light on these you can get good sounds. If you bang on it you can get good sounds. Each position has a different tone, it's very versatile. Quality: Seymour Duncan takes pride in their products. Again, vintage wiring, everything is put together nicely and ready for a pickup swap.
Value: I don't think these are any better than a set of 69's or something similar, but it is a loaded pick guard straight from the factory!
Manufacturer Support: I had no issues with this particular item. Seymour Duncan has hooked me up in the past with a pickup swap. Very friendly, easy to work with.
They are very crisp and clear and you can get some of those great tones you've heard the greats play! I'd also like to say, if you can't afford a better set of pickups, you don't need them. Just keep practicing with the ones you have. Use your knobs and look for the tones you want in your amp. Upgrade as time allows and then get these!
Overall: Bought these for my '03 MIM Strat. My ceramic stock pups were already great and I wasn't expecting vast improvement. My opinion is a bigger percentage of the sound is how one plays and uses the instrument, I'd say this product is one that can improve your instrument.