TRACYTON, WA – Known for their excellent pickups, Sheptone announces the 6T8 Humbucker pickup. This new set is designed as an ideal pickup to match with a hollow or semi-hollow body guitar. The pickup provides a clear but slightly grittier T-Top tone. The set also offers brighter and livelier tones for solid body guitars as well. The 6T8 Humbucker is now available for purchase on the website at www.sheptone.com. Most models are in stock and ship in 3-7 days.
The 6T8 set uses a long rough cast Alnico 5 magnet, as opposed to the original short machined magnet. This helps give it that gritty growl and clear balanced tone. Wound with #42 poly wire on butyrate bobbins, the neck pickup averages 7.4k DC resistance and the bridge pickup averages 7.8k DC resistance. To hear samples of the 6T8 Humbucker in action, visit www.sheptone.com.
Jeff was able to create a product that quickly built a following with professional musicians by utilizing his background/education in engineering and paying great attention to detail. To give insight as to what drives Shep, he states “My philosophy on pickups is simple… pickups should be transparent and allow the primary tones of the wood to come through. After all it is a wooden instrument. If you listen closely to those classic riffs and tones that we all know and love, what is crucial is you can hear the wood. While some secondary tone is inherent to each pickup’s design, the function of the pickup is to respond to the players’ touch, enhance the natural harmonics and overtones that accompany each note, and transfer this ‘voice’ to the rest of the signal chain.” Customers include well respected musicians such as Keith Scott (Bryan Adams), Danny Kortchmar, John Norum, Al di Meola, Brian Kahanek, Shawn Tubbs (Carrie Underwood), and Keith Nelson (Buckcherry).
To learn more about Sheptone and the new 6T8 Set, please visit www.sheptone.com.
Retail: $199 USD per set.
Business owner, Jeff Shepherd started the operation after relentlessly trying to remedy the lack of tone he experienced with other guitar pickups. An on-and-off recreational guitar player since the age of 12, the guitars just didn’t sound the way he wanted. While playing with a local band, he found himself on a quest for tone. He purchased a set of 1958 Gibson PAF’s for $4000 to put in his EC-1000 and the difference was incredible. Being the type to tinker and take things apart simply to see how they work (much to his parents’ dismay as a child) he began to experiment with winding his own pickups. Eventually comparing them to his 1958 originals, back and forth, adjust and re-adjust, for over a year until he finally was able to duplicate THAT tone. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to extensively analyze over 100 vintage humbuckers to develop a consistent recipe to produce reasonably priced alternatives for over-priced vintage pickups.
With a lot of work, and some luck along the way, his original curiosity exploded into a full time business, with customers all over the world based on word-of-mouth alone.