Magnets, Our Epic Series 1957 Pickups use Original Fender Alloy Alnico 5 Magnets From 1957. We sent Original magnets from a 1957 pickup to an Independent Laboratory for Metallurgical Chemical Analysis Testing. We then contracted direct with our magnet manufacturer to get the Alnico 5 magnets Specially Poured to the exact composition of the Originals. We are the only manufacturer who offers this. Pure, Sweet, and Authentic Tone.
Wire, our 42ga Heavy Formvar wire is not just stock wire. We have sent dozens of samples of wire from early stratocasters for analysis. We get our 42ga Heavy Formvar built to the exact specs of the samples we have had analyzed. Exact Resistance, Exact ID & OD, & Color matching. Our 42ga Heavy Formvar Wire is the most authentic and accurate Magnet Wire Available.
– Tone, the tone of our Authentic 1957 pickups is simply stunning. You will never hear a more pure sounding pickup. People often ask us why vintage pickups sound so good. Well, the main reason why is that materials used in the 50s & 60’s are not the same as today’s off the shelf parts. Replicating every alloy, every element, every aspect of a pickup is why our 1957 Epic Series Pickups sound identical to a real 1957 pickup. We get every part of the Epic 1957 pickups specially manufactured, only for us, from an actual 1957 pickup. We’ve A/B them and the tones are identical.
– Compression, the current Alnico 5 alloy is very strong, very bright, & has quite a brittle edginess. One of the first things that is noticeable is that original magnets aren’t as strong. This is not due to demagnetizing, but it’s due to the chemical composition. 1957 guitars are know for their sweet clean tones but with their uncanny ability to drive the signal with out a heavy mid range. The pickups are just that, clean & driven. The pickups also have another characteristic from vintage strats that is not found in current materials, the Neck/Middle & Middle/Bridge positions drive.
Lots of famous stratocaster players play Original 1957’s, now is your chance to do the same. 1957 pickups with out the steep price tag. We tested these pickups in multiple strats, Alder, Ash, Mahogany, Basswood, in both Maple & Rosewood necks. There was no combination that did not sound excellent.
All pickups are “Flash Potted” to avoid microphonic squeal but still retains the natural characteristics just like original pickups.