Tonerider AC2 Alnico II Classic Vintage-Voiced Humbucker
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THE “IMPROVED” 50S HUMBUCKER
The Alnico II Classic is a superb set for guitars that need more warmth, fullness and sustain. The earliest Gibson Patent-Applied-For (or “PAF”) pickups used a range of magnets, but PAFs made with Alnico II have always held a special place in many a guitarist’s heart.
If you have ever heard someone describe a PAF as “flute-like” or “more like a single coil than a humbucker” – that’s the Alnico II working its magic.
At higher gain settings, the Alnico II Classic really nails the fluid distortion sound of players like Slash, who use the smooth attack and longer sustain of the neck to great effect during solos, and the tighter, fizzier tones available from the bridge for rock rhythm work.
The Alnico II Classic began life as a custom OEM order for a high-end UK guitar company, and we worked with their techs to get the wind just right. Cries of “more scatter!” were heard over and over again, until we got down to less than 30 turns per layer for the neck and bridge pickups – about half the number of turns per layer on vintage PAFs, but much more in line with the current best in class handwound PAF clones.
We made a few of these pickups back in 2007 – they quickly became favourites – and launched them into our standard range in 2008, The Alnico II Classic set in Nickel is currently our bestselling humbucker.
OPTIONS & SPACING
Colours & Covers: Available in black or zebra open coils, or with highly-polished gold or nickel-plated covers.
Wiring: All AC2’s come with four conductor wiring as standard for maximum flexibility.
Spacing: 99% of AC2’s we’ve made have a 50mm spacing (as measured from the centre of the low E polepiece to the centre of the high E polepiece). This 50mm spacing suits Les Paul and SG guitars well.
We are also now making AC2’s in F-spacing (52.4mm) for guitars with wider Fender trems or Floyd Rose units.
Baseplate: All AC2s are built with medium-length 9mm baseplate legs for easy installation in a wide variety of instruments. Baseplates are all Nickel-Silver with the Tonerider logo stamp.
Why Buy From Us?
Why Buy From Us?
We're a small family run business and service is NUMERO UNO for us. We want every instrument we sell to be as good as it can be and give them all a setup prior to dispatch to ensure that this is the case!
We are delighted to have you as a customer and want you to be happy with your purchase, so will do our best to ensure this for you as follows:
If an item is returned within 7 days in unused condition it can be exchanged for alternative goods or store credit.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.
To start a return, you can contact us at ENQUIRIES@WALLTOWALLMUSIC.CO.UK. If your return is accepted, we’ll send instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.
You can always contact us for any return questions at ENQUIRIES@WALLTOWALLMUSIC.CO.UK.
Preloved items are sold as seen and are non refundable.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns on gift cards.
We will notify you once we’ve received and inspected your return, and let you know if the refund was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too and refunds on Laybuy/Klarna purchases carry their own timescale.