The Mojotone "Sledgehammer" humbucker guitar pickup is the biggest
sounding humbucker we offer. It has a big round bottom end with nice
even mids and highs that retain clarity and warmth. The Sledgehammer
humbucker with its custom Alnico 8 magnet, makes it the most soulful
sounding high output pickup on the market. It cleans up beautifully when
you need it, and drives really hard when pushed. This is a must have
pickup for huge hard rock and metal tones. 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 coils.
Name: Alex Kazhdan Rating: 5
Huge, powerful sound with lots of character I've been using this pickup in combination with the 7-string version of the Classic neck pickup for over two years. While my needs from a neck pickup were simple, the bridge pickup was a different story. I wanted a pickup that was tight, but not too tight; hot, but not too aggressive; good for both down-tuned riffing and melodic soloing.
I found out about the Sledgehammer (and the Mojotone brand itself) from Darth Phineas ( http://darthphineas.com/ ). His description of the pickup sounded like something right up my alley. I could only find a couple of demos on YouTube, but they impressed me enough that I ordered the pickup without even trying it.
The first big surprise was how good the Sledgehammer sounds clean. Make no mistake, getting a totally undistorted sound is not easy, considering how hot it is. But rather than sounding harsh, it sounds warm and smooth. There's a bit of natural overdrive that makes every note sound fatter and sustain longer. Not your typical clean bridge sound, but certainly very usable. Plus, it cleans up really well if you roll down the volume knob.
Turn up the gain, and that's where this pickup really shines. Under high gain, the sound is full and saturated, but never sacrificing definition and clarity. The low end is big and powerful (think Dimarzio Tone Zone), but much tighter and more controllable. It truly hits you like a sledgehammer! And it works wonderfully in a 7-string. The low B sounds absolutely massive, but still tight enough for fast, palm-muted riffing. The midrange is very even and pleasant sounding. Fans of the Seymour Duncan JB will love this pickup for leads. It's got a similar "personality" and midrange presence, but no harshness. The high end is slightly rolled off, ensuring that there is no "ice pick" sound.
To sum it up, I recommend this pickup to anyone looking for that perfect midground between Ceramic and Alnico 5 pickups. It's got the tightness of a Ceramic combined with the warmth of an Alnico 5, which is exactly what I was looking for. I guess that the Alnico 8 magnet is the secret. I'm surprised this magnet isn't used more widely. If you'd like to hear it for yourself, please visit my YouTube channel ( www.youtube.com/user/Chaif15Let ). My Ibanez 7-string has got a Sledgehammer in the bridge position.
Thank you, Mojotone!