Lace Alumitone Matchbook Humbucker Pickup
We here at C. B Gitty are excited to add these Surface-mount Lace Pickups to our lineup of pickups and can't wait to see how you use them on your guitars! These ultra-thin pickups have long been coveted by cigar box guitar builders around the world for their slim profile, revolutionary reduction of the dreaded 60 cycle hum and their ability to be easily decorated with virtually any matchbook out there.
Here are some words from Lace on their pickup:
"The new Matchbook™ pickup addresses a long sought after need in this up and coming area of guitar and guitar amplification. The Matchbook™ pickup is based on worldwide patented Lace® magnetic design featuring a "current driven" design. This revolutionary design eliminates 60 cycle hum, and reduces the traditional magnet copper coil wire by 95 percent. No battery or other electronics are needed. Designed to resemble a full size average matchbook it has a visual as well as sonic connection to the Cigar box like no other pickup application available today. As with all magnetic pickups the Matchbook™ does utilizes magnets. And in this design one of the magnets appears to be the "striker" for a match.
A traditional matchbook cover design was the influence for the Lace Matchbook artwork blending in the two icons of cigar box artwork with traditional matchbook artwork to form a corresponding look and feel to a cigar box guitar. Because of the design and the size of the Matchbook™ pickup, a player may use a favorite collectible real matchbook cover for an authentic matchbook cover which can easily be put over the existing Matchbook™ laminated pickup cover. The Matchbook™ pickup is easy to install and can be wired as a direct out or thru a tone and volume 250k pot if desired. Height of the pickup relative to the strings can be accomplished by cork pads (not included). Overall dimensions are 2 inches by 2 inches, less than .250 inches tall as installed on the box top. The Matchbook™ weighs less than 2 oz."
Installation for these pickups is as easy as determining the location, drilling a 7/8" hole for the wire assembly and using doublesided tape to adhere it to your box top.
Listing photos courtesy of Lace and master builder Rob Wrobel of Rob's Cigar Box Guitars.
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