Port Orchard, WA
(May 20, 2011) -- Sheptone Guitar Pickups announced the release of their complete assembly for Strat-style pickguards. The new harness comes fully assembled with Sheptone pickups and upgraded hardware. The assemblies are hand-wired in the United States and are designed to improve the performance of stock components but also provide the musician with more versatility in their pursuit of tones. The harness will fit onto most Strat-style pickguards allowing the player to maintain the vintage or stock look of their instrument.
With the push/pull pushed, and the midrange control in the center detent, your Strat will perform as if it was stock. But that is where any other similarities will stop. The volume control potentiometer is an upgraded NOS Gibson 300K CGE with treble bleed circuit to help retain the highs as you turn down the volume. The middle tone control is replaced with a specially tapered Rothstein pot with a center detent. At the detent, the control in bypassed but as the knob is turned down from 5 to 0, the control pulls the midrange frequencies out while leaving the highs and lows intact. Turning the knob up from 5 to 10 increases the midrange frequencies while still leaving the highs and lows intact. The second tone knob is replaced with a 250K push/pull pot that allows guitarists to activate the neck pickup when in positions one and two. With the pickup selector switch in position one and the push/pull pot pulled, the neck pickup is activated allowing the player to create Tele-style sounds from their Strat-style guitars. With the selector switch in position two and the push/pull pot out; all three pickups are now on. The versatility is designed to help musicians easily achieve the variety of tones they need and have been striving for since the release of the Fender Stratocaster over 50 years ago.
Additional upgrades include an Orange Drop 0.047 capacitor, a Switchcraft output jack and Sheptone single coil pickups. A steel baseplate is included on the bridge pickup to add 15-20% more lows and mids.
The entire harness is passive so no batteries are required and because it mounts directly to your current pickguard, no modifications to the guitar are necessary.
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Source: Press Release