Handmade Scatter Wrapped Pickups; Specializing in Low-Output, Non-Potted, Single-Coil Designs.


Why should I buy a Scatter Wrapped pickup?

Scatterwrapping refers to the method by which the magnet wire is wrapped around the bobbin. In machine wound pickups, each coil is would adjacent to the previous; forming parallel paths between each pair of consecutive wraps. When a signal travels through the coil, it produces a radiating flux that extends in all directions from the magnet wire. When consecutive wraps are laid side by side, the flux field interact with one another, the most noticeable effect of this is attenuation of high frequency content. The result is a deadened response.

Conversely, with scatterwrapped coils, each turn of the winding overlays the previous at an angle; some up to 30 degrees! By shifting, and varying the angle of intersection between succeeding turns, the signal less restricted. This is heard, and felt, as a lively and responsive top end. Additional harmonic content is also achieved. Due to the randomness of the wrapping pattern, physical resonances are minimized, and a larger slice of the string is amplified. 

Why should I buy a Low Output pickup?

As a rule of thumb, a lower output pickup will produce deeper bass, and brighter treble than a similar design wound for more output. The tradeoff to increased signal output is decreased frequency response. Modern, hot, pickups tend to produce a tone which intensifies the middle range of the frequency spectrum. Whereas, a pickup wound for low-output will produce a wider bandwidth.

There are multiple reasons for the trend to hotter coils. First of all, high end can sound shrill and harsh in a solid state or high gain amplifier. Therefore, if you are plugging into a digital modeling amp, you may not want to hear the upper registers of your instrument. However, when amplified by a Professional Tube Amplifier, the extended top end adds a spacious, multidimensional, quality to an amplified tone. 

Low output pickups highlight a quality instrument in a way that modern high gain designs simply cannot replicate.

Why should I buy a Non-Potted pickup?

Potting refers to the practice of soaking a pickup coil in liquid wax, resin, or varnish. Once removed and given time to cure, the potted coil is 'frozen' in place.

The main reason most pickup manufacturers pot their pickups is to minimize the side effects of improper coil winding. A sloppy or loose wind can be overly micro-phonic, producing knocks, rattles, and undesirable feedback. Once potted, these side effects disappear, along with any life and personality that the coil could have produced had it been wound properly.

DISCLAIMER: If you use a high gain tone at very loud volumes, Non-Potted pickups may NOT be for you! The one case where potting is desirable is in limiting the likelihood of feedback in high gain, high volume settings.  

Non-Potted pickups, which are wound to proper tension in a neatly stacked coil, produce a musically complex tone. The reason is simple physics. In a 'frozen' coil, the resonances of the strings can not resonate through the coil. However, in a non-potted design, that is properly wound, these resonances produce micro-phonic resonances within the coil. As these resonances were initiated by the strings, they are harmonious to the electromagnetic signal produced in the pickup. 

In a properly tensioned, non-potted coil, musical harmonic content is maximized. The result is a complex and multi-dimensional tone. 



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