- Tech Talk
This pickup started a sound revolution. Replacement pickups simply didnâ€™t exist before the invention of the Super DistortionÂ® in the early Seventies. The Super DistortionÂ® (and its original 3-conductor version, the Dual SoundÂ®) was the first pickup specifically designed to kick a tube amp into total overdrive, and is still the standard by which all other high-output pickups are measured.
The Super DistortionÂ® has a perfect blend of power and tone: both single-notes and chords jump out of the amp and fill the room (or the track) with a wall of sound. The balance of tones is classic â€” thick, boosted mids, big lows and fat highs. This is the sound youâ€™ve heard for over three decades on platinum records, from players as varied as Ace Frehley, Al Di Meola, and Paul Gilbert. Itâ€™s also versatile: 4-conductor wiring allows instant access to StratÂ®-like split and series-parallel modes. Discover what thousands of great players know: the Super DistortionÂ® is the best all â€™round high-power pickup ever made.
When we first built the Super DistortionÂ®, it was a 1-conductor pickup. As a 4-conductor pickup, it's extremely versatile. Coil-splitting produces a very StratÂ®-like option, both in tone and power. Parallel wiring is similar to splitting, but it's still humbucking and a little more hollow-sounding; Paul Gilbert used to use two Super DistortionÂ® pickups wired in parallel when he was in Racer X.
- Recommended For:Â The Super DistortionÂ® is primarily a bridge position pickup, although it can be used in the neck position with a relatively low-gain amp. Specifically designed for solid-bodies: hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.
- Quick Connect: No
- Wiring:Â 4 Conductor
- Magnet:Â Ceramic
- Resistance:Â 13.68 Kohm
- Year of Introduction:Â 1972