HP Special USA Custom Wound Pick-ups Specifications

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Anthony Johns

HP Special USA Custom Wound Pick-ups Specifications

Post by Anthony Johns » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:51 am

HP Special
USA Custom Wound Pick-ups

Features: Custom Back (Bridge)
HP-B -- A completely balanced coil configuration produces great harmonics and a high output with just the right blend of sustain and distortion. You get the best of both worlds: from sweet warm tones to raw rock 'n' roll sustain. (Hand wound in Meridian MS)

Available in zebra (cream & black)
Recommended for Bridge position.
Four conductor cable

D.C. Resistance: 13.4k
Resonant Peak: 5.5khz
Hum Canceling: Yes
Magnet: Alnico 5

Bridge: Super harmonics, with high output that doesn't sound hard or dark

Features: Custom Front (Neck)
HP-F -- This pickup is for players who need an accurate, clear tone for fast runs. The brighter sound has slightly less output and is a good match with HP-B (Bridge)
Available in zebra (cream & black) (Hand wound in Meridian MS)

Recommended for Neck position.
Four conductor cable

D.C. Resistance: 16.72k
Resonant Peak: 8.0khz
Hum Canceling: Yes
Magnet: Alnico 5

Neck: Ultra clean and clear for articulating runs

HP Special Wiring description:
The NEW HP Special comes stock with Push-Pull pots for coil tapping capabilities. This feature makes the HP Special completely versatile giving the player a multitude of tones to choose from humbucking rock-n-jazz tones to single-coil blues-n-country tones all in one instrument.

The difference between low, medium and high output pickups:
There are a couple of differences. Low output pickups drive the front end of your amp less and tend to produce a more bluesy or more vintage distortion. They have a very open feel to their tone. High output pickups drive your amp harder and can sound more compressed with a tighter feel. Also, higher output pickups with the same magnet type tend to sound darker because the resonant frequency of a larger coil is lower than that of a smaller coil. Medium output pick-ups tend to fall somewhere in between depending on their magnet and wire type.

HP pick-up height:
A good starting point for the distance from the bridge pickup to the strings is 3/32 of an inch. The neck pickup can be set to provide a good output balance when compared to the bridge or to produce a particular tone when used together with the bridge. If a pickup is too close to the strings the tone tends to get muddy and lack clarity, and if placed too far away the tone will be thin and lacking in character. All pickups have a "sweet spot" where its tone will be optimal for a given guitar and pickup combination.

Coil Splitting:
Coil splitting refers to the ability to disable one coil in a humbucker-type pickup. This offers the player the option of getting a single coil-type tone from a humbucker-loaded guitar. Many pickups have three- or four-conductor wiring that allows for one coil to be disabled by shorting one coil to either ground or hot. All Custom Shop HP pick-ups come stock with four-conductor wiring

Push/Pull Pots:
Push pull pots are potentiometers with switches installed on the bottom to the pot chassis. The stem of the pot can be pulled to activate the switch. The most common varieties are SPST on/off and DPDT on/on. Push pull pots are very useful for adding coil splits and series/parallel wiring to humbucker loaded guitars without altering the look of the guitar. They have numerous other uses as well and can be used any time additional switching is required.

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Re: HP Special USA Custom Wound Pick-ups Specifications

Post by lix » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:33 am

How about posting specs on the H.P. Signature & H.P. Select?

Anthony Johns

Re: HP Special USA Custom Wound Pick-ups Specifications

Post by Anthony Johns » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:29 am

Unfortunately I do not have the specs on those pickups.