Plankster: Another twist on a classic design. This pickup is modeled after some of the earliest Plank’casters. It can go from smooth and dignified to rude and unrefined, depending on your mood. .195 Alnico III flat pole magnets, wound to 9.5K with 43 gauge Plain Enamel wire. The output of this pickup isn’t as high as the resistance numbers would suggest, although it is on the hot side of things. The result is a tone that is distinctly edgier, more vibrant, and a tad darker than stock Telecaster bridge pickups.
Great for thicker, sharper leads and cutting rhythms – this pickup really has a pleasant “edge” to the treble frequencies, and offers new harmonic dimensions for lead work. Cleans up nicely though for more sophisticated settings. Mates up nicely with the Big Boy neck pickup.
Redd Volkaert uses the Plankster along with the Big Boy neck pickup.
This is a great choice for players looking for a nice twist on a classic
design. Named the Big Boy for its big, strong tone, this is a taller Tele
neck pickup. It uses taller Alnico V, .195 magnet slugs, and is handwound
with 42 gauge Heavy Formvar to around 6K. It also uses a pure
nickel/silver cover which is more “transparent” sounding than traditional
The tone of this pickup isn’t necessarily hot, although it certainly has a warmer midrange, woodier high end, and loses any anemic and muffled
properties Tele neck pickups can sometimes have. Overall, the tone is
clear, direct, and even – somewhat Strat’ty, somewhat Gretsch’y, and
somewhat Tele’ish. This is a great pickup for neck soloing and smooth
rhythm chord work.
Redd Volkaert uses this neck pickup, along with the Plank’ster