Stars Guitars Trapezoid Pickups with Chrome (Nickel) 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 chrome nickel 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).
Click the link below to see the proper pickup orientation for installation.
Trapezoid Installation Guide.
Specs are below the Back View pictures of each variety. 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
Asking $130 for the pair, U.S. or APO shipping included.
Stars Guitars Trapezoid Neck Pickup Bottom View
The R4N version is a Rhythm, 4Kohm North polarity, normally used in the neck position.
The 3 holes are air pockets formed when the Castech potting mix was poured into the shell
too quickly. It has 5" of lead wire. The Red is "Hot" and Black is "Ground."
Stars Guitars Trapezoid Bridge Pickup Bottom View
The T5S version is a Treble, 5Kohm South polarity, normally used in the bridge position.
It has 6" of lead wire.