Category Archives: Electronics

Lovely Baseplates

      Manufacturing, Pickups, XR Series


Laser-cut and hand-buffed to perfection, these skewed 8-string baseplates are ready to go!

When I look at a product —anything at all; furniture, a gadget, handcrafted guitar, etc., I look at what’s inside first —the things that you don’t normally see. I gauge the quality of a product by inspecting how well it is made from the inside. I value attention to detail a lot, and this should reflect in what we do, even if it’s a simple baseplate that will be kept hidden after installation. In my mind, I think of someone like myself in the future, looking at the pickup with a smile and saying to himself “wow, those are lovely baseplates”.


XR Customization Guide: Free-Way Switch

      Customization, Electronics, Pickups, XR Series

Free-Way_Pickup_SwitchThe Free-Way switch is an interesting device that gives Gibson style guitars, with that distinctive toggle switch, the versatility of the Fender Stratocaster’s 5-way switch and possibly more. The Free-Way switch gives you 6 combinations —twice more than the standard 3-way toggle switch: “A whole new dimension in natural tone”. In this guide, we will show you how to incorporate the Free-Way switch into the XR-Flex system. For our purpose, we will implement the first diagram in the guide (HH Coil Split 2V2T). This configuration gives us this switching scheme:


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      Nu Duo, Nu Series, Pickups


Look, 9-String NUs! Are you ready? Take note of the custom string spacing for the Neck and Bridge pickups. These guys will be installed in a custom 9-String Strandberg with radical multiscale slants going up to 25° for the bridge pickup. The Neck pickup is a Nu-Duo, while the bridge pickup is a Nu-Multi.Strandberg_Drawing

You’ve been waiting for this, and so at long last, the Nu Multis as well as the Duos are ready for release (to be announced). Initial production run will be very limited to just 10 sets (including the internal breakout).

One quick observation: I just realized, while looking at the pic, that a multiscale, angled multichannel pickup at the bridge should improve crosstalk even more because the actual capsules are spaced farther apart.


Meet Cadbury

      Electronics, Nu Duo, Nu Series, Pickups

Meet Cadbury, another test guitar. This one looks prettier than its old battered friend, Iron Man. Cadbury is fitted with a Quad XR at the neck, a Nu-multi paired with a Nu-Duo at the bridge, a multi-pin LEMO compatible connector set, and By-Wire MIDI control (*). The Nu system is currently being subjected to a lot of tests to ensure everything is in top-notch condition before we finally(!) release them into the wild. So far, everything is looking good!

(*By-Wire MIDI control simply means I send control voltages through the wire which are converted to MIDI which then controls volume, EQ, modulation, etc., as well as patch change, remotely on target effects boxes, the DAW or just about anything else with MIDI control.)


Cadbury Test Guitar


LEMO Compatible Multipin Connectors


The Nexus!

Where’s the XR Flex Set?

      Pickups, Release, Store, XR Series

With the XR series launch, we are offering a $35 discount for complete XR Flex sets for SSS, SSH and HH combinations and support electronics. I had a query from someone wondering where he can get the “XR Flex sets”.  I decided to post my reply here to make it clear.

To avail of the discount, please go to our store and place an order for any of these:

  1. SSS set (three XR Dual Flex)
  2. SSH set (two XR Dual Flex and one XR Quad Flex)
  3. HH set (two XR Quad Flex)

Then, add some support electronics: either the Tone-Blend Variant or the Resonant-Filter Variant. The Tone-Blend variant is the most common setup. To make it even easier, I made the blend control optional (I’m sure some of you don’t need it). Tone-Blend Variant:

  1. 5-Way Flex Switch
  2. Active Volume Preamp
  3. Tone Control
  4. Blend Control (Optional)
  5. Output Jack
  6. 9 Volt Connector

If you want even more flexibility, the Resonant Filter Variant allows you to dial in the characteristics of virtually any pickup with independent control for cutoff frequency and resonance (Q):

  1. 5-Way Flex Switch
  2. Active Volume Preamp
  3. Resonant Filter
  4. Output Jack
  5. 9 Volt Connector

Finally, at checkout, use coupon code xr-flex-set . Again, offer valid until end of March 2016.

XR Flex Series Launch

      Events, Pickups, XR Series, XR Update

We are proud to announce the launch of the XR Flex Series pickups and support electronics, introduced at NAMM 2016.

The Flex Series includes an all-passive “Flex” pickup (available in 6, 7 and 8 string), an Active Volume preamp, and the new “Flex” switch design that takes advantage of the XR’s coil-taps, offering the flexibility of multiple switching configurations with up to 4 inputs, where each input can be an XR Dual or Quad. Such an arrangement covers all the standard configurations seen below (and more!).


For a limited time, we are offering a $35 discount for complete XR Flex sets for SSS, SSH and HH combinations and support electronics. Use coupon code xr-flex-set at checkout. Offer valid until end of March 2016.


SSS XR Flex Set

SSH XR Flex Set


HH Flex Set

The offer applies to complete sets for either the Tone-Blend Variant or the Resonant-Filter Variant.

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XR [Flex] Installation Guide

      How To, Pickups, XR Series, XR Update

Config110-FullViewAnticipating the upcoming release of the XR Flex system, I proudly present the XR [Flex] Installation Guide. We care passionately about flexibility and ease of use, and that should reflect in our manuals as well!

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The new system includes new 5-way “Flex” switch and a new Active Volume Control (with integrated preamplifier) as well as the the all-passive XR pickups introduced at NAMM 2016. The Flex system gives you the most versatile switching option available for the XR series.

XR Soapbars

      NAMM, Pickups, XR Series


These new XRs with soapbar baseplates will join the XR family very soon. The pickups will be available in both active and passive configurations (for both half and full sizes). Introduced in NAMM 2016, the passive versions are designed for the new Flex switch and active volume control giving you the most versatile switching available for the XR series. The passive versions will be available in the standard PAF-style and Strat-style baseplates as well. More information to follow.