Category Archives: XR Update

The Last of the XRs

      Evolution, Pickups, Uncategorized, XR Series, XR Update

Almost immediately after I announced our Roadmap for 2018, the XRs and the current Nu modules went out of stock as people hurriedly grabbed what’s remaining in our inventory. I am very sorry that I had to turn down orders after the stocks were depleted.

Dan Rhodes sent me these nice pictures of his electric with Cycfi XR dual pickups, Cycfi Resonant Filter, Warmoth body and neck with a Decoboom pick guard, Fender locking tuners, roller bearing nut and Wilkinson tremolo.

“Looks and sounds amazing Joel! I spent some time with it last night and the tonal range of these pickups is amazing. The openness with the tone and Q maxed out is a sound I’ve never had before.”

Thank you very much for such nice appreciation. I am missing the XRs already!

But watch out. We are still actively pursuing the Modula, a new breed of pickups and the next evolutionary step for the XR. It didn’t die, it simply evolved! 🙂

Toggle Switch Hub

      Electronics, Hardware, Support Electronics, XR Series, XR Update

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As those who follow our products know, we have had options for users of the classic 5-way blade switch since the release of the XR series. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the versatility of the XR series even further with a solderless option for those who wish to use the LP style 3-way toggle switch. Our 3-way Toggle Switch Hub serves as the central connection point for XR pickup systems and offers the versatility of customizable switching options.

The versatile design of the hub allows for connection of 2 XR Active Series pickups (2 Quads, 2 Duals or 1 of each) and numerous control configurations including:

  • 1-Vol 1-Tone,
  • 1-Vol 2-Tone,
  • 2-Vol 2-Tone
  • 1-Vol + Resonant Filter

The Toggle Switch Hub is now available at cycfi-research.com for $9.99 USD (switch not included). Learn how to install the Hub here.

Note: The Toggle Switch Hub is compatible with the XR Active Series pickup systems only.

Skewed Lefty Anyone?

      Custom, Customization, Design, Pickups, Store, XR Series, XR Update

Left-Handed Quad XR Flex Pickups

We are now (officially) offering custom baseplate Laser-Cutting service. You get two custom baseplates for the minimal $15 service fee. The baseplates are precision cut based on your specifications and individually hand-buffed to perfection. Send us your specifications: http://www.cycfi.com/contact/ and we will send you back a CAD drawing (DPF and DXF) for confirmation (see example below).

See XR Custom Baseplate Laser-Cutting Service

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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!).

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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

SSS XR Flex Set

SSH XR Flex Set

HH

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!

XR [Flex] Installation Guide →

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.

The Flex Switch and Active Volume

      Events, Pickups, XR Series, XR Update

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We have a new 5-way “Flex” switch and a new Active Volume Control (with integrated preamplifier). These are designed for the all-passive XR pickups introduced at NAMM 2016. The new “Flex” switch takes advantage of the XR’s coil taps and offers the flexibility of multiple switching configurations in a solderless format. Compared to the older design, the new switch has a lower profile (down to 27mm from 34mm).

The new ‘Active’ Volume Control with integrated ultra-low noise preamp features an onboard gain-trimmer for system optimization. The new volume control too has a smaller circuit-board footprint, with an upgraded 24mm Bourns pot (PDB241-GTR Series) for even smoother action (10 to 45 g-cm Rotational Torque) compared to its predecessor.

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