If you take our Clone PAF humbucker and add a little more bottom
end and sustain, you will have the recipe for our Classic series
The Classic humbuckers are designed with unbalanced coils
that enhance upper frequency overtones and response. They clean up and
overdrive very well with lots of clarity and sustain with a tighter
Our 7 string version reads higher
ohms than our 6 string version due to the longer coils. Everything else
is the exact same spec and sound. Vacuum potted
Name: Alex Kazhdan Rating: 5
Amazing clarity combined with versatility Having had this pickup plus the 7-string version of the Sledgehammer bridge pickup in my guitar for over two years, I feel like I'm able to write an unbiased review. My needs as far as the neck pickup goes were quite simple: balanced EQ, moderate output and low end clarity for the low B.
I ordered this pickup blindly, having never tried it before, with only a couple of YouTube demos for reference. Luckily, this pickup fit my needs perfectly. The tone chart on this website reflects its tonal character very well. It's very balanced sounding, with no frequencies emphasised or subdued. The output is on the vintage side (like a slightly modernised PAF), but it takes gain very well, retaining clarity and definition. This makes the Classic excel at anything from the cleanest jazz chords all the way to distorted metal leads. And shredding with this pickup is a dream! The pick attack is smooth like a knife cutting through butter, making fast leads sound very fluid, but you can still distinguish every individual note even at extreme speeds.
As far as handling the low B, this pickup does a great job. The seventh string sounds big and powerful, but focused and well defined, even when plucked with the thumb. And it sounds great split too! My guitar is wired so that position 4 combines the inner coil of the Classic with the inner coil of the Sledgehammer, and in that position the guitar almost sounds like a bass! Very clear and percussive.
Overall, this a great, incredibly versatile neck pickup, perfect for 7-string players who wish to cover a lot of styles and genres on one guitar. I highly recommend it. If you'd like to hear how it sounds, check out my YouTube channel ( www.youtube.com/user/Chaif15Let ). The Ibanez 7-string featured in many of my videos has got a Classic in the neck position.
Thank you, Mojotone!