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Hanks 60's Shadows or Hanks Modern sounds

A living legend from the 60's


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Choose between the following pickups after clicking the above BUY button ...

1)  NEWHank Marvins absolutely authentic 60's Shadows Magnum Opus '59 set (Gen-3)  Click the link.  Critically acclaimed by Hank himself and his inner circle and receiving rave reviews on Shadows appreciation sites.

2)  Hank Marvin Modern Vintage set composed of 3 x Impersonator MV (modern vintage) with Kinman's patented Gen-2 technology

Customer Stuart says ...These Kinman Impersonator MV pickups sound very similar to the Bare Knuckle 63 Veneer 64's – but better. There’s more clarity, and there’s more top-end. Honestly, the Kinmans are making my other Strats sound dark – and they’ve got true single coil pickups in them.  Noiseless pickups aren’t supposed to have better top-end than true single coil pickups but these do.  (read the Report Card for more from Stuart)

The Impersonator MV is an upgraded Impersonator 54 which was Hanks previous model which is still a fine sounding pickup.

NEWS 18-July-2017:  Hank stepped up to the Impersonator MV which are great for his modern sound.  Our non-aged-sound Impersonator MV with a nice meaty twang and outstanding highs with an overall excellent presence factor Hank prefers this set for his modern sound over Fender's CS54.

News flash Apr-2021: Now with our new Synergy baseplate that allows switching off Hum Cancelling as well as switching to 'Synergy' mode.

Signal chain requirementsAny old cable won't doAs with any pickup it's a good idea to use a low capacitance cable to get the maximum incredible performance of these pickups.

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.

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 canbe minimized only 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 good to adjust the pickups correctly, refer to >Technical section >Adjust & Setup

Covers - included

  • Standard Kinman cover with 1st stage height extender bushings. 
  • Available in White, Black, Aged White.
  • 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 in three colors.

Connection means available

  • Bare wires for soldering.
  • Kinman connectors for plugging into any Kinman Goodbye-Soldering Harness.


Pot & Capacitor values

  • Best with 250k Ohm (measured minimum) volume pot.  Less punch and more bright with 500k.
  • Tone pot is usually the same value as the volume but for a little more top end brightness can be 500k, 1meg or a No-Load.
  • Stock pots can actually measure as low as 175k.  Pots in our Goodbye-Soldering Harness are guaranteed to measure no less that 250k.
  • Normal tone cap value of 0.022uF, 63 ~ 100 volt Polyester.  Smaller uF value lessen the severity of Treble cut, higher values increase it.
  • The voltage rating of Caps is not important but 63 ~ 100 volt have thicker lead wires that result in a neater job.

Magnet spreads Optimzed universal spreads (ensures magnets align with the strings regardless of Vintage or Modern narrow bridge)

  • Narrow neck 49.5mm
  • Intermediate middle 51mm
  • Standard bridge 52.5mm

Magnet Staggers

  • Normal improved Stagger to suit 7" ~ 14 inch uniform radius fretboards including USA Custom Guitar Compound 7-1/4" ~ 9-1/2
  • Flat Stagger 14" ~ 20" for specific compound radius fretboards (Warmoth 10 ~ 16 inch and Post 2010 Fender Deluxe 9 ~ 14")
  • Option to choose your magnet stagger for sets and singles in our 'After-Payment Supplementary Questions' email we send you.

Hook-up cable

  • 2 conductor shielded is standard.  Cut generously longer than necessary for the 3 stock Strat positions.
  • Middle pickups when supplied with a K9 or TK4 harness have 3 conductor shielded.
  • 3 conductor by request with Order.
  • Custom lengths by request with Order.

Output Polarity: 

  • in-phase with Gibson and Copy humbuckers
  • in-phase with all other Kinman pickups
  • opposite phase to Fender Strat

Mounting hardware included

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

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.