Stars Guitars Trapezoid "S" Pickup with Brass Cover
Here's another very rare piece of Stars Guitars and pickup history. The "Trap" is a single coil
pickup with the coil wound directly around the magnet structure. The trick is that the magnet
is shaped like a truncated pyramid, so that the field size, aperture and strength varies from one
end of the pickup to the other. We built about 50 of these until the store was sold to new
owners in late 1982. The brass is magnetically transparent!
These were put in several Stars Guitars production axes and a few customer instruments. Most of
them went to employee and friends.
They were almost exclusively sold in pairs as they were built with polarities (norths and souths) that
would hum cancel when both pickups were on (middle position of a 2 pickup type PU Selector switch).
There's no reason not to use this single trap by itself or in combination with some other type of pickup.
Just consider it a single coil in a humbucker shell.
Click the link below to see the proper pickup orientation for installation.
Specs are below the Back View picture. A hum-canceling coil can be inserted via the pickup selector
switch that will eliminate the hum when an individual pickups is used alone. If you are interested in doing
this after you purchase the pickups I will gladly email you a schematic detailing the procedure.