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Mustang Zero-Hum - Improve your sound in many different ways


The guitar that's waiting for better pickups ....... This is the better pickup

 

Fender Mustangs respond very well to pickup upgrade because the original pickups are of student quality and do not let the guitar achieve it's full sonic potential.  Not only that but the magnets (especially in Japanese models) do not align with the strings so the volume of some strings do not balance with other strings.

You can now enjoy radically improved sonic performance by fitting Kinman pickups that provide excellent magnet ~ string alignment for both pickups so you get perfect string volume balance.  Kinman Mustang pickups also have other specially features for the Mustang that no other pickup can give you, eg grounded magnets to prevent noise when the magnets are touched, especially desirable for switched reverse phase (or series mode) provided by Mustang switching.  Magnet spreads that align with the strings for excellent string loudness balance.  3 Conductor shielded hook-up cables. 

We also show you how to rewire the two slide switches to perform more useful functions.  The original switches provide either, or both pickups in phase and (honky) out of phase.  Rewire with my custom Mustang wirogram and you can have Neck and Bridge in series that provides a volume boost and get a P90-like crunch as well as Neck and Bridge in parallel, or each pickup individually.  All positions are noiseless (Zero-Hum).  This Custom wirogram is in the Install Guide section. . 

Available in two models

  • Grunge-tang  (AVn-69 Strat model)
  • Punk-tang  (Impersonator Fat 50 Strat model)

Any Kinman Strat model can be ordered in a Mustang format if the stock models don't deliver the sound you want.  Choose any model in our Strat pickup range and type your actual requirements into the ADDITIONAL NOTES box when you order your Mustang pickup here (choose Punk-tang model when doing this).

One of Kinman's main objectives is loudness balance of all strings, something non-staggered magnets can not deliver.  Kinman Mustang pickups are supplied with our improved magnet stagger and that means the magnets poke through the covers.  Original Mustang pickups have concealed non-staggered magnets which is a cheap way to make student quality pickups as well as hide the mis-alignment of the string and magnets.  Covered magnets are also necessary to prevent noise when the magnets are touched when switched to reverse phase or series mode, Kinman Mustang pickups are specially made to avoid this problem.

Japanese Mustangs have bridge saddle spread of 52mm while American Mustangs have 55mm saddle spread.  Indicate which bridge you have in the ORDER CHANNEL.

Also, Japanese (and perhaps American) Mustangs probably need the cavity floors at 16.5mm deep deepened to 20mm, the same as the other cavities.  This allows plenty of height adjustment range.

Some people will call these noiseless Mustang pickups but Kinman prefers to describe them correctly as Zero-Hum Mustang pickups.  That's because there are 2 types of noise, Hum which is cancelled in the pickup and Buzz which can only be minimized by shielding the wiring cavities (refer to >Technical >Perfect Guitar >Shielding for newer guitars

** Alnico-K is a unique proprietary Alnico rod magnet developed by Kinman in 1985.  It is Alnico-5 but has 40% less string pull than Alnico-5 so sustain is longer and there is much less clatter from string crash and no Strat-itis string warble.

* Fender and Mustang are registered Trade Marks of Fender Musical Instrument Corp, Inc.  Kinman is not associated with FMIC but they kindly permit us to refer to their Trade Marks to reference our products.

Kinman reserves the right to change specifications from time to time as required for improvement or sourcing of component parts.


Technical & Application info:


Kinman pickups for Mustangs are direct replacements and no modification to the guitar is required. 

Number of parts in this pickup: 31
Number of parts in regular single coil: 11
Number of parts in other brand noiseless: There are no other noiseless Mustang pickups with Alnico rod magnets.  Kinman is the only one and that makes it the coolest Mustang pickup available.

Connection means available

  • Bare wires for soldering.

Hook-up cable

  • 3 conductor shielded is standard.  Cut precisely for the 2 stock Mustang positions (100mm).
  • Custom lengths by request with Order.

Pot & Capacitor values

  • Best with 250k Ohm (measured), brighter and less punchy with 500k volume pot. 
  • Normal tone cap value of 0.022uF in 63 ~ 100 volt.  Smaller value lessens the severity of Treble cut.

Magnet spread (E-1st ~ E-6th) for perfect string magnet alignment.

  • Neck - Narrow 49.5mm (American and Japanese models).
  • Bridge - Standard 52.5mm (American models) & Intermediate 51mm for Japanese models.

Magnet stagger:

  • Improved magnet stagger to suit fretboard radius from 7" to 14" is standard.
  • Flat stagger to suit extremely flat or Compound Radius fretboards.

Pickup cavity:

  • Japanese (and perhaps American) Mustangs probably need the cavity floors at 16.5mm deepened to 18.5mm (20mm is better) to allow plenty of height adjustment range.

Mounting hardware included

  • 2 Pan head mounting screws.
  • 2 Silicon Rubber tube springs.

Covers - included

  • Black Standard Kinman cover without height extender bushings. 
  • Also available in White, Black, Aged White, Cream and Mint.
  • With and without Kinman logo.
  • Can be tinted with food stains such as Coffee and Tea
  • Generic covers will not fit Kinman Strat pickups.  We sell replacement covers.

We highly recommend consulting the Install Guide in Tech Info even if you think you know it all.  Kinmans' require specialized knowledge and sometimes there is updated info.

We also highly recommend consulting the Adjust & Set-up page in Tech Info so you get the best out of your Kinman pickups.