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Hank's 60's Shadows & Modern sounds
NEWS 18-July-2017: Hank has just updated to the Impersonator 54 which is great for his 60's Shadows sound into a Vox AC-30 as well as his modern sound through other less trebly amplifiers.
Our new non-aged-sound Impersonator 54 v5 with a nice twang is practically identical to a real Fender CS-54 Strat* pickup which Hank says is the right Fender pickup for his Shadows sound. Authentic Position 2 & 4 Knopfler-esque ‘cluck’ sounds. Authentic Strat* sounds with Zero-Hum.
Recommended especially for Hank Marvin's 60's Shadows instrumental tunes but also good for other musical genres (including Jazz) where a slightly less aggressive Strat* sound with less upper midrange bite (than the Impersonator A56 and Impersonator Fat 50).
Signal chain requirements: Any old cable won't do. It is essential to use a low capacitance cable to get the incredible performance of this pickup.
Previously the modern sound pickups were Hx-85 / AVn-63 / AVn-63. If you want the old FV-HMS that Hank used from 2001 to 2017 then order them in the Mixed Set of 3 order channel.
Balanced G string loudness, no Ice-pick, low string pull and no Strat-itis.
Alnico-K** rod magnets exert less magnetic string pull for longer sustain and less string crash and fret buzz.
This could not be achieved with conventional technology, it took several revolutionary technologies that were pioneered and developed over many years and Patented by Kinman. The name was chosen for the obvious sonic similarity to Fender’s CS 54 and was developed at the request of Hank Marvin of The Shadows to achieve his 60’s twangy instrumental lead guitar sound, without hum.
Works well in any Kinman Goodbye-Soldering Harness.
Some people will call these noiseless Stratocaster pickups but Kinman prefers to describe them correctly as Zero-Hum Stratocaster 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
Technical & Application info:
US Patents 5,668,520 6,103,986 8,791,351 B2
It is crucial to adjust the pickups correctly, refer to >Technical section >Adjust & Setup
Covers - included
Connection means available
Pot & Capacitor values
Magnet spreads we normally ship (ensures magnets align with the strings in each position)
Mounting hardware included
We highly recommend consulting the Install Guide in the Technical section even if you think you know it all. Kinmans' require specialized knowledge and sometimes there is updated info. There is also a handy wiring diagram available.
We also highly recommend consulting the Adjust & Set-up page in the Technical section so you get the best out of your Kinman pickups.
*Stratocaster and Strat* are a Trade Marks of Fender Musical Instrument Corp. Kinman is not connected to Fender.
** Alnico-K is a unique proprietary rod magnet developed by Kinman in 1985. It 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.