TRACYTON, WA – Sheptone, the acclaimed builder of vintage and boutique electric guitar pickups, has unveiled the Alnico Blues single coil pickups. The new model is now available factory direct for immediate shipping worldwide.
Based on their very popular AB Custom Stratocaster pickups, the Alnico Blues set is for players wanting a fuller, less aggressive pickup with all of the tone and character of their popular AB Customs. The Alnico’s are wound in the late 60’s spec range using 42 enamel wire, beveled Alnico 2 magnets, and are available in vintage, modern, and flat stagger versions. With an average DCR in the mid 6K range, and each pickup wound for its specific position, this set is a great choice for maple necks or those wanting a brighter sounding guitar.
With attention to detail and a background/education in engineering, Jeff “Shep” Shepherd was able to create a product which quickly built a following with professional musicians. To give insight as to what drives Shep, he states “My philosophy on pickups is simple. They should be transparent and allow the primary tones of the wood to be heard, after all, it is a wooden instrument. If you listen closely to those classic riffs and tones that we all know and love, what is crucial is that you hear the wood. While some secondary tone is inherent to each pickups design, the function of the pickup is to respond to the players’ touch, enhance the natural harmonics and overtones that accompany each note, and transfer this ‘voice’ to the rest of the signal chain.” Customers include well respected musicians such as Keith Scott (Bryan Adams), Danny Kortchmar, John Norum, Al di Meola, Brian Kahanek, Shawn Tubbs (Carrie Underwood), and Keith Nelson (Buckcherry).
To learn more about Sheptone and the new Alnico Blues pickups, please visit http://www.sheptone.com.
Retail: $160 USD per set of three or $60 USD each
Business owner, Jeff Shepherd started the operation after relentlessly trying to remedy the lack of tone he experienced with other guitar pickups. An on-and-off recreational guitar player since the age of 12, the guitars just didn’t sound the way he wanted. While playing with a local band, he found himself on a quest for tone. He purchased a set of 1958 Gibson PAF’s for $4000 to put in his EC-1000 and the difference was incredible. Being the type to tinker and take things apart simply to see how they work (much to his parents’ dismay as a child) he began to experiment with winding his own pickups. Eventually 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 vintage humbuckers to develop a consistent recipe to produce reasonably priced alternatives 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, with customers all over the world based on word-of-mouth alone.