For players who prefer traditional single coil tones.
The Z-Core 5 family
Our Z-Core 5 family of pickups utilize Tone Tuning Technology™ to mimic the frequency response of AlNiCo 5, the magnet alloy that is most closely associated with the classic Strat® tone. The 5 voicing is the most open and transparent, giving that signature, glassy Strat quack in the in between positions and a nice, open, “woody” response in the neck and that classic Strat snap in the bridge. 5 voiced pickups at various output levels are featured across our line and are our primary choice for a classically Stratty tone.
Of course this is why we chose the 5 voicing as our first product family in the Z-Core line. We’ve also reworked our output levels to provide more options in the vintage output range than we’ve ever had before. And as a result of our re-engineered Z-Series platform, these lower output models match conventional vintage pickup specs almost exactly, making them 100% compatible with conventional Strat controls. They drop right in! Our Z-Core 5 vintage output models include the mid-scooped low output feel of the Vintage Underwound, the Vintage with a few more winds like they did in the early/mid 60s and the Vintage Hot with more of a "boutique" take on the vintage feel, with that little bit of extra juice that a lot of players crave.
Then we have Z-Core 5 analogs of our Legacy Series SV5 and SV5O with the Modern and Overwound models, respectively. These pickups are excellent to pair with our higher output humbucker-voiced models, and in higher output single voiced sets like our Z-Series Texas Blues Set.
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- Pickups may take 10-15 days before ready for shipment.
- Lefties are considered special orders and may take up to 3 weeks before ready for shipment.
- Left-handed "Z-Core" pickups are only available from the Custom Shop. If you want this feature for a set, here is an option.
- Z-Series pickups have their covers potted on. Removal will void the warranty.
- Cover color choice is presented at checkout.