Unlike traditional humbuckers, the Saturday Night Special humbuckers are voiced to be a little hotter and fatter in the bridge position, and a little clearer and less “wooly” in the neck. They’re more aggressive than 50s-style models, but without the compression of most high gain pickups. These bridge the output level gap between vintage 50s and modern humbuckers, making this pickup set perfect for replicating those legendary late-70s arena rock tones.
“Alnico 4 has a generally flatter, more even frequency response compared to other magnets, with less cut in the high end and a sweeter overall tone compared to Alnico 5. It’s great for classic rock when you need a clean or semi-distorted tone with plenty of character.” says Max Gutnik, SVP of Products and CRO at Seymour Duncan.
The Saturday Night Special humbuckers come standard with four-conductor wiring for series/split/parallel configurations, has a maple spacer and metal cover, and is made with short mounting legs. Each pickup is wax-potted for squeal-free performance, and is made in Santa Barbara, California.