The new P-bass pickups are to vintage spec using alnico 5 magnets, #42 plain enamel wire and measure out at 10.3k. The quality and authenticity of the components is essential to the production of these pickups as small changes to the raw materials can have a devastating affect on how the finished product sounds. Sheptone President, Jeff Shepherd is very careful to insure the quality of his product from start to finish.
The Fender Precision bass was first introduced in 1951. Although it is not the first electric bass guitar to be made, it has long been the standard in the music industry. The instrument has been copied by countless other instrument manufacturers using similar style and designs of the original. One particular element of the instrument is the pickup design. The original single coil pickup was replaced with a split coil pickup, wired to create a humbucking effect. Though the original manufacturer’s pickup is sufficient, musicians have longed for a more reliable, consistent and accurate pickup and the new Sheptone P-Bass pickup delivers just that.
To give insight as to what drives Shep’s pursuit, he states “My philosophy is simple...pickups should be transparent and allow the primary tones of the wood to come through. It is a wooden instrument after all. If you really listen to those classic riffs and tones that we all know, you can hear the wood and that is the key. While some secondary tone is inherent to each pickup’s design, the job of the pickup is to respond to the players' touch (dynamics), enhance the natural harmonics and overtones that accompany each note, and transfer this "voice" to the rest of the signal chain.”
MSRP $120.00 per set with black covers
A little over seven years ago, Jeff Shepherd found himself in a local band and this is where the quest for tone began. An on-and-off recreational guitar player since the age of 12, the guitars he was playing live just didn’t sound the way he wanted. He purchased a set of 1958 Gibson PAF’s for a ridiculous $4000 to put in his EC-1000 and the difference was incredible. Being the type that likes to tinker and take things apart to see how they work (much to his parents dismay as a child), he began to experiment with winding his own pickups and comparing them to his 1958 originals, back and forth, adjust and re-adjust for over a year until he finally was able to duplicate THAT tone. Since then he has been fortunate enough to extensively analyze over 100 of those old humbuckers, developing a consistent modern recipe as a reasonably priced substitute for over-priced vintage pickups. With a lot of work and some luck along the way, his original curiosity exploded into a full time business, now shipping to every guitar playing country in the world based on word-of-mouth alone. Sheptone has since developed several lines of pickups including Strat, Tele, P90, Bass, and others based on the same principles and procedures.