Z-Core™ 5

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.



This is the Z-Core 5 Vintage Hot Set. Bridge: Z-Core 5 Vintage Hot Neck & Middle: Z-Core 5 Vintage Recorded on a vintage blackface Fender VibroChamp with the volume at 5. The microphones used were an AKG Perception and Sennheiser e906. Some subtle compression and reverb were added to the mix, but no equalization was used on the guitars.
This is the Z-Core 5 Vintage Hot Set. Bridge: Z-Core 5 Vintage Hot Neck & Middle: Z-Core 5 Vintage Rhythm guitars on left channel are position 2 (bridge/middle), right channel position 4 (neck/middle). Recorded on a vintage blackface Fender VibroChamp with the volume at 5. The microphones used were an AKG Perception and Sennheiser e906.

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ZVU5 – Z-Core 5 Vintage Underwound
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Output 2.3 H

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ZVN5 – Z-Core 5 Vintage
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Output 2.7 H

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ZVH5 – Z-Core 5 Vintage Hot
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Output 3.2 H

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ZMD5 – Z-Core 5 Modern
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Output 3.8 H

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ZOW5 – Z-Core 5 Overwound
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Output 4.5 H

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