Becky wanted to start a thread for video demos for the pickups in general
I set up the new Alnico microcoils in my friend's early 2000s Strat with a somewhat unique wiring to hopefully maximize what we can do with this setup.
This is a short video made with a laptop camera and mic to show everyone how they work with the wiring I did. We will make a higher quality video but wanted to get this out to everyone to show our first experience with them! Download rather than preview for the best quality.
The guitarist is my friend Jeff Lane, who is in The Dollys.
The Strat set is 1.4H inductance and uses Alnico 2 in every position. I wired the bridge pickup directly to a tone control using the stock capacitor with the (bass) Q-filter but no resistor, which then goes to the three way switch [I need to modify it from the capacitor used here -- I initially planned for a 2.8H bridge position and used a 22 nF cap rather than a 47 nF]. With a stock tone control used with stock pickups, there would be a dramatic roll-off after the resonance around ~600-650 Hz, but the inductance of the Q-filter will prevent the highs from going to ground while reducing the upper mid content strongly represented in the bridge position. With standard Strat wiring, you wouldn't have any control on the bridge position.
Like the wiring Bill did for Hendrix, the 2nd tone control blends in the middle pickup as a filter as you turn the control down. This allows me to get a new range of tones that wouldn't be available through the standard inbetweens.
Even though the controls are pretty far from the standard setup, I think we're going to get an incredible amount of versatility while keeping the controls relatively uncomplicated to use. I was trying to convert him from being a neck-only with all the controls up kind of guy
Just to mention it... I had Jeff sit next to the amp to show how low noise the Alnico microcoils can be. This is also in a room that has several dimmer switches, the enemy of even a noisefree pickup. This is with an old Silverface Fender Twin Reverb volume set on 4. I purposefully did them no favors to flatter the level of noise everyone would hear, but you can listen for yourselves to the end results.
Bass and treble on 4, mids at 6, bright switch on. Enjoy!