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The Lace Sensor is a guitar pickup designed by Don Lace and manufactured by AGI (Actodyne General International). Image File history File links Information. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ... Shortcut: WP:RULES Wikipedia is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have a common goal: Wikipedia has some policies and guidelines that help us to work toward that common goal. ... A pickup device acts as a detector and captures mechanical vibrations (usually from suitably equipped stringed instruments such as the electric guitar, electric bass guitar and violin) and converts them to an electronic signal which can be amplified and recorded. ...


The design allows the pickups to use a weaker magnetic field without losing much output. This imparts the dual benefits of less noise and less magnetic pull, resulting in increased sustain. Sustain is a parameter of musical sound in time. ...

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Ratings

Four types of Lace Sensor pickups for Stratocasters were originally manufactured, followed by three newer models, each with a different output rating and tone. Lace Sensors are also available for Telecasters, Precision and 4/5-string Jazz Basses.

  • Red - (14.5k) - Hot humbucker like output and tone
  • Blue - (12.8k) - Classic '50s humbucker sound, normally utilized in the neck position
  • Silver - (7.1k) - Fat '70s single-coil Strat sound with raised output and increased midrange
  • Gold - (5.8k) - Classic '50s bell-like Stratocaster tone
  • Light Blue (8k) - Warm P-90 soap-bar sound with slightly higher output, a blues and jazz type sound
  • Burgundy (8.9k) - Slightly fatter '60s Strat single-coil tone
  • Hot Gold (6.0k) - Similar to the Gold Sensor, with a slightly stronger output. Additionally, the Hot Gold has a specific bridge pickup type with 13.2k ohm impedance giving a higher power and cut

In the 1990s Lace released the "Chrome Dome" Lace Sensors, described as "Gold Lace Sensors on steroids" and the Transensor Series bass pickups for the Precision and Jazz bass guitars. Traditional humbucker pickup, uncovered A conventional humbucker (or Humbucking pickup) is a type of electric guitar pickup that uses two coils, both generating string signal. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ...


In the 2000s, Lace released the "Burgundy" and "Light Blue" Lace Sensors, with more jazzy tonal qualities, followed by new pickup designs such as the Alumitone, Power Sensor, Holy Grail, Arena and Drop & Gain series pickups. The Alumitones are also available as a hot bridge pickup and humbucking "Dually".


Dually

A Lace Sensor "Dually" is effectively two Lace Sensors mounted together on a single frame. Both coils of the pickup are wired individually and left that way, so that the user may choose whether to wire them up as a humbucker, or one of several other ways.


Whilst any combination can be ordered from the Lace Custom Shop, the standard models are

  • Red-Red
  • Red-Blue
  • Red-Silver
  • Blue-Gold
  • Gold-Gold

Hot Gold and Chrome Dome Duallies are also sold. When wired as a humbucker, the "Red-Red" Dually has a DC rating of over 30 K/Ohms, making it one of the hottest output distortion-type pickups.


The humbucking Lace Sensors were used as a standard equipment material on the original Jeff Beck Stratocaster, the Telecaster Deluxe & Telecaster Deluxe Plus and the Stratocaster Ultra, manufactured by Fender in the early '90s, as well on some Custom Shop models such as the Set Neck and Contemporary Stratocaster guitars. Traditional humbucker pickup, uncovered A conventional humbucker (or Humbucking pickup) is a type of electric guitar pickup that uses two coils, both generating string signal. ...


Usually a humbucker needs to comprise at least two coils with equal output, in order to produce the noise-cancelling effect. Lace Sensors get away with using mismatched coils because as single-coil pickups they are so low in noise anyway.


Duallies can still be wired using all the options normally available to regular humbuckers, such as "out of phase" and "coil tap", and also in a special arrangement so that the user can select either coil individually, or both as a humbucker. This latter arrangement would be superfluous with a standard humbucking pickup, since both coils would be identical. A coil tap is a wiring feature found on some electrical transformers, inductors and coil pickups, all of which are sets of wire coils. ...


So for example, using an on-on-on switch, a Silver-Red Dually could be wired to select just the silver coil (for a fat '70s Stratocaster single-coil sound), just the red coil (for a hot humbucker sound), or both coils as a humbucker (for a mixed sound with extreme output).


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Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is an Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... The Eric Clapton Stratocaster is the signature model electric guitar of British guitarist Eric Clapton, and was the first signature model guitar ever released by Fender. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... The Eric Clapton Stratocaster is the signature model electric guitar of British guitarist Eric Clapton, and was the first signature model guitar ever released by Fender. ... Jonathan Jonny Richard Guy Greenwood (born November 5, 1971 in Oxford, England) is a musician and a member of Radiohead. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is a typically dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... The P-90 is a single coil electric guitar pickup produced by Gibson since 1946. ... James Burton (born August 21, 1939 in Minden, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961 in Barking, East London), more widely known by his moniker The Edge, is a British-born musician, known best as the guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist for the Irish rock band U2. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ... The rock band U2s Lovetown Tour took place in late 1989 and early 1990. ... For the fan club-exclusive album released from this tour, see Zoo TV Live. ... Richard Hugh Blackmore, (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist. ... The Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster is one of the Fender Stratocaster signature series. ... Daryl Mark Stuermer (born November 27, 1952) is a musician who played lead guitar for Genesis during live shows. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Steve Hackett (born Stephen Richard Hackett on February 12, 1950, in Pimlico, England) is a writer and guitarist. ... Michael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford (born October 2, 1950 in Guildford, Surrey) is an English musician. ...

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  • Official Lace website

 
 

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