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Kick-in-the-Arse (a new kind of 'H' in HSS)
Do you love a humbucker sound in the bridge position but hate the idea of modifying your precious Stratocaster?
Well, here is your love/hate solution!!! Our impressive Kick-in-the-Arse humbucker built into a Gen-3 Strat pickup. No need to drastically modify anything ,,, just chuck it in and get screaming humbucker sounds from your Strat. Your Strat will deliver a real kick in the arse and you'll walk the line between heaven and hell.
Outstanding aspects: Humbuckers typically measure 4 Henrys of Inductance (the measure of magneto electrical efficiency) and Q Factor of around 2.8, this little powerhouse measures a whopping 5.6 Henrys with a Q factor of 3.4 and that means it''s a kick arse pickup ,,, and like our full sized humbuckers it's got Zero-Hum ... whoopeeee!!!
You'll transform your triple 'S' Stratocaster to a 'HSS' hero easily and won't onlookers be wide-eyed when all hell breaks loose and you're ripping with kick-arse growling n screaming humbucker sounds without using pedals ... and without Hum .... from a Strat!!! Yup, you're gonna get questions.
Does a set of 3 make sense? You betcha it does, the position 2 and 4 sounds are unique and so usable, they still growl when the wounds are struck but with more mellow, chimey plain string sound. The middle is far from redundant, it's got as much charisma as the bridge and neck. A set of 3 might just be the best humbucker sound you've ever heard.
Is it good for clean sounds? the Kick sounds very nice in clean mode. But after all it has the power and sound of a Kinman PAF Plus humbucker and it's a gutsy pickup and consequently will push the amp into distortion far easier when adjusted close to the strings than, say any other Strat pickup will. Like any humbucker, the amp volume must be kept low to maintain a clean sound. Also adjusting the pickup away from the strings somewhat lowers the output and intensity of attack making it more conducive to clean sounds for soft n pretty passages in Jazz, Indie, balads and the like. That is the heaven side of the line.
Now available in Standard 52.4 mm, Intermediate 51mm & Narrow 49.5mm magnet spreads. Pot value recommendations are in the technical section below.
Technical & Application info:
US Patents 5,668,520 6,103,986 8,791,351 B2
The string sensor is taller than our other Strat models so the coil is not compressed. This design paid off with a massive inductance of 5+ Henrys, more Inductance than most humbuckers or P-90's. The Kick-in-the-Arse produces the sound of a humbucker with surprisingly stinging highs … so sweet at low volume it can be used in Jazz . But best of all is the HUGE output level, it will hold it’s own in competition with regular Humbuckers … now that’s amazing for a Strat pickup with Alnico rod magnets, with the bonus of Zero-Hum. One of the amazing new generation hum-cancelling pickups coming from Kinman.
The Kick-in-the-Arse has an advanced magnetic circuit and needs to be adjusted close to the strings to get it's most dynamic performance. You can adjust the neck pickup as close as 1.5mm gap between bottom of E-6th string and top of magnet with string pressed onto the 12th fret. Adjusted that close it really cooks, is very loud and sounds for all the world like our PAF Plus humbucker .... it's that close.
At 24.5mm tall the Kick-in-the-Arse is 2.5mm taller than our regular Strat pickups and will fit most modern guitars but might not fit Vintage and Reissue guitars so check the cavity depth before ordering. The pickup cavity depth should be no less than 19mm (3/4 inch) deep. However a shallower cavity might be suitable if you shorten the special long mounting screws by up to 3mm, but some adjustment latitude will be sacrificed in this case.
Covers - included on pickups
Connection means available
Pot & Capacitor values
Pickup cavity depth:
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.