The Alchemy Ardour is a vintage voice humbucker, and a custom take on the traditional 'PAF' style humbucker. Coils potted lightly in soywax blend to aid in reducing microphonics, this humbucker has a lively voice, with plenty of treble present in the usually dark neck position, and a rounded, full bridge position which still has plenty of bite without sounding aggressive. Wound with thicker 42.5AWG polysol wire, and utilising an AlNiCo II magnet for the bridge and AlNiCo III magnet for the neck, the Ardour is wound to vintage spec, but allows for a transparent and open sound from the neck, with ample sustain, and a sparkling clarity in the mids coming from the bridge, with a balanced and vintage sound coming from the middle position blend. A perfect set for those who want a vintage sounding tone, but want to find a voice that is a little more unique, and with a focussed emphasis on sounding organic and lively under lower gain, achieving a breaking up sound and huge sustain without requiring a huge amount of gain from the amplifier or pedal chain.
An AlNiCo III bridge option is also available on request, to make a set perfect for clean playing styles, with a very natural and open tone, and plenty of highs and tons of clarity. The AlNiCo III bridge option was the original standard for the Ardour set, and makes a useful jazz pickup, for those who want more versatility rather than an out-and-out jazz humbucker. This pickup responds well to having the tone rolled down, and gives the option of having a lot of cut and treble with the tone pot on full, without any of the natural warmth of the now-standard AII magnet hazing the cleans. To order a set with the AlNiCo III bridge option, simply add a note in your order - the set will come with an AlNiCo II bridge as standard. Email me if you're unsure on which option is right for you, and we can discuss whether the A2 or A3 bridge option will best suit your instrument and playing style.
Magnets: Bridge - AlNiCo II (AIII on request), Neck - AlNiCo III
Coil Wire: 0.06mm
All humbuckers available with vintage braided wiring to allow for ease of installation, or modern 4 conductor wiring to allow for coil splitting etc.
Our pickups are supplied with a one year warranty, and returns are accepted within this time for a full refund, or equal value pickup replacement. Check our FAQ page for full refund policy.