The perfect balance for any Rock guitarist
who wants a Vintage Hot, touch-sensitive, snarly bridge that is still all strat single coil.
Blackhat single coils are for the player who wants more output from their strat in general, and a fatter sounding bridge position than classic old Fender pickups can provide.
Many of the world’s greatest strat players have modified their guitars and upgraded their pickups. So with the input from a number of local and indeed far off great guitarists, we decided to do the same. For the Blackhats, the aim was to maintain the bridge as a single coil and bring it to the limit of what is achievable in terms of output with Vintage correct wire.
Blackhat sets are wound with heavy vintage spec wire in the neck and middle positions, and 42 gauge Plain Enamel in the bridge, so you retain everything you like about the tones of a hot traditionally wound neck and middle, albeit with more output and punch. With a PE wound bridge, this position will now have significantly more output, punch and bass, all while retaining a traditional single coil tone and clarity.
If you usually resort to a humbucker in the bridge these might change your mind!
We currently have two variants of this recipe, Blackhat I’s and II’s with increasing output