Category Archives: NAMM

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.

Road to Anaheim Pt. 3 – Crystal Clear

      Events, NAMM, Pickups, XR Series

Going to NAMM 2016? Take some time to check out our pickups and support electronics from the inside and out. This demo XR-8 (eight string) system is going Anaheim and is installed in a laser-cut pickguard to showcase our build quality. Like the ones installed in the Strandberg Boden OS7 and Matt Szlachta’s Legator, this set sports all-passive Lo-Z coils along with our new 5-way switch, ‘active’ Bourns® volume control pot, and our active resonant filter. The new 5-way “Flex” switch takes advantage of the XR’s coil taps and offers the flexibility of multiple switching configurations in a solderless format. The new ‘active’ volume control with integrated ultra-low noise preamp features an onboard gain-trimmer for system optimization. Send us a message if you’d like to schedule a time to have a look and please take a moment to visit the Strandberg Guitars booth (#3383, Hall D) and see a comparable 7 string set in action. We hope to see you there!




Road to Anaheim Pt. 2 – Strandberg Boden OS7 Install

      How To, NAMM, Pickups, XR Series

In less than a month NAMM 2016 will be bustling with the usual fervor. Every year brings something new, and for us here at Cycfi that means new opportunities to showcase our pickups. Among the new developments this year is an exciting cooperative effort between ourselves and Ola Strandberg, the mastermind behind Strandberg Guitarworks. The Strandberg team has been kind enough to send us a Boden OS7 for the purpose of installing an XR pickup system and to subsequently showcase the instrument at the Strandberg booth at NAMM (#3383, Hall D) – exciting times indeed! 


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Road to Anaheim: Strandberg XRs

      Events, NAMM, Pickups, XR Series

These custom Quad-coil XR7’s are going to NAMM 2016. They will be installed in a Boden OS7 from Strandberg Guitarworks that is to be displayed at their booth (#3383, Hall-D). This pickup system features some new design elements. To begin, instead of having individual preamplifiers for each pickup, the passive Lo-Z signal from the XR7’s will be amplified by a single master-preamplifier integrated with the the volume control (to be announced soon). In addition the Boden will get a new configurable 5-way switch (another new product to be announced) capable of coil-tap switching that takes full advantage of the XR quad coils.

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