The 6S9H - our version of the 'Strat' pickup used from 1968 to
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The 6S9H is a
very special pickup model! It is a faithful
rendition of Fender's Stratocaster pickup
originally used in 1969 by one of
the greatest musicians of all time, bar none.
Why is this specific pickup so cool? Read on...
you 'lefties' and Hendrix fans out there -
For the most
part, Jimi played 'right handed' Stratocasters upside
down, and restrung them with the high E string closest to
like a 'regular' guitar would be
strung. Due to the usual Stratocaster's 'right handed'
magnet staggering pattern and his restringing,
his pickups on his guitars probably
looked like this photo of a 'left
handed' Angeltone Stratocaster pickup does in a right
handed guitar from his playing point of view...
the low E and
the A string magnets are now the farthest from their
strings, and the B and high E string magnets are closer to their strings than before.
This makes a guitar strung like this
have much more treble than before, and less bass response
too since the magnet staggering heights are now mismatched
to their strings.
was actually a major part of Jimi's sound, because vintage
effects like Fuzz Faces and Cry Baby wahs
didn't have true bypass on/off switching because it wasn't
invented yet. If you were plugged into these
the way they were originally designed
meant they all
drained some treble from your signal whether you were
using them at the time or not.
This meant that if a right handed
Strat player had four or five effects chained together at
one time like Jimi did, and used them all at once
like Jimi did, then you usually ended
up with a relatively muddy tone. Now, the cool (and
totally unintended!) thing about his playing style
was when he played his guitars strung
'upside down' like this, the mismatched magnet staggering
gave him a treble boost
and also a slight bass string tone cut. This was enough to help
him still cut through the band and give him his tone
no matter how many effects he used at
one time. This
effect was a major part of Jimi's tone.
This Angeltone pickup model allows a right
handed Strat player to get much closer
to Jimi's signature tone without major modifications
to your guitar!
This pickup is made with Fender's 'after 1962 lefty'
magnet staggering scheme
with the D string magnet taller than the G string magnet
from the right handed player's point of view,
black top and light gray Forbon bobbin plates, and
Alnico V magnets.
we start out with a pair of our own hand machined Forbon
(vulcanized fiber) bobbin plates made right in house.
Then we assemble the bobbin with the correct size Alnico V
magnets and insulate the bobbin with a coat of
to protect the coil windings. After that, we wind
the pickup's coil with period correct 42 gauge plain
enamel coil wire to original 1960's specs,
and pot each pickup in a proprietary clear wax bath to
solidify and protect the coil and reduce microphonics.
Once the potting wax has cooled, 'modern style' vinyl
covered hookup wire is soldered to the pickup, the pickup
is tone tested
and the actual electrical specifications are documented
for the included data sheet.
This pickup is
available in single pickups and in two different sets
- with all pickups the same magnetic
polarity and coil winding direction
for a 'true' vintage sound for studio work, or with the center pickup
wound in 'RW/RP' (reverse coil winding direction and
reverse magnetic polarity)
for players who want a 'humcancelling' effect in the number 2
and 4 switch positions of a Strat's five position selector
switch for live shows.
Price $74.95 each