Port Orchard, WA - February 2011 – Sheptone, an American manufacturer of guitar pickups today announces the release of their new line of single coil pickups for Strat-style electric guitars. All pickups are manufactured in the Port Orchard facility and are available immediately. The new models are designed to maintain the tones associated with Strat-style guitars but also expand on the tonal options and eliminate the problems often experienced by musicians over the years.
The Sheptone "Good Enough For Leo" Strat pickups, offer vintage construction, staggered, beveled poles, wound using #42 Formvar wire and Alnico 5 magnets. The pickups are also available with Alnico 2 magnets upon request. The pickups are valued at a standard resistance of 6.3K Bridge, 5.9K Middle, and 6.0K Neck. The middle pickup is reverse wound with reverse polarity to eliminate noise when pickups are selected together. Likewise, the pickups are wax potted to reduce any unwanted noise and feedback.
Since its inception in 1954, the Fender Stratocaster has been one of the most iconic guitars in music history. However, it was not without its faults. The pickups that were offered as stock components were notorious for creating unwanted noises, feedback and varied in tone, from one guitar to another. In addition, as the guitar developed over the years, players found way to manipulate the wiring to create more desirable tones. Taking all of this into consideration, and staying true to the belief of using uncompromising parts, the Sheptone Strat-style pickups resolve these issues and provide the player with a reliable alternative and improvement to the originals.
To hear the tones of the Sheptone Strat-style pickups check out these videos by guitarist Steve Ouimette:
For more information, please visit www.sheptone.com
MSRP start at $60 each or $160 for the set
A little over seven years ago, Jeff Shepherd found himself in a local band and this is where the quest for tone began. An on-and-off recreational guitar player since the age of 12, the guitars he was playing live just didn’t sound the way he wanted. He purchased a set of 1958 Gibson PAF’s for a ridiculous $4000 to put in his EC-1000 and the difference was incredible. Being the type that likes to tinker and take things apart to see how they work (much to his parents dismay as a child), he began to experiment with winding his own pickups and comparing them to his 1958 originals, back and forth, adjust and re-adjust for over a year until he finally was able to duplicate THAT tone. Since then he has been fortunate enough to extensively analyze over 100 of those old humbuckers, developing a consistent modern recipe as a reasonably priced substitute for over-priced vintage pickups. With a lot of work and some luck along the way, his original curiosity exploded into a full time business, now shipping to every guitar playing country in the world based on word-of-mouth alone. Sheptone has since developed several lines of pickups including Strat, Tele, P90, Bass, and others based on the same principles and procedures.