#1
This is a guitar I bought on eBay, and it arrived yesterday. I like Lace's pickups and had always been curious about their guitars. This one has a Lace Holy Grail in the neck position, Lace Sensor Hot Gold in the middle, and a Lace Alumitone in the bridge.
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#2
HNGD!

But...tell us more man- she's a looker, but can she sing?

And what effect does the variety of different pickups have on its tones?
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#3
yeah i am interested in the pups. seems like you have the full range of technology from lace. whats the rundown?
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#4
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#5
I think this is a decent of pickups. Each pickup sounds good on its own, and the #2 and #4 positions sound good as well, with some of the Strat quack. I don't think these pickups are as bright/glassy as other Strat pickups, as they seem to have more mid-range/bass, but they still sound fairly good. Definitely suited to blues & rock, I think. I've used Holy Grails and Lace Sensor Gold pickups on other guitars and in general I like how they sound. I think the Hot Gold especially sounds fairly good, and I'm surprised the Alumitone humbucker seems to have fairly high output. The Alumitone has quite a punch.

The previous owner said he bought this guitar at a NAMM event. I have a feeling this model may have been put together as a showcase for Lace pickups.
#7
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The previous owner said he bought this guitar at a NAMM event. I have a feeling this model may have been put together as a showcase for Lace pickups.

That's pretty plausible...you might have a unique little axe, there!
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#8
What a funny looking humbucker cover

Happy NGD anyway, that axe looks sweeeet!
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#9
That's no cover, that's the way Alumitones look!
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#10
How is the bridge pup? All of them are supposed to be very quiet. I had sensors on my old strat+ they were nice, but not so much bite.
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That's no cover, that's the way Alumitones look!
Well that's what they look because they use that cover.

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How is the bridge pup? All of them are supposed to be very quiet. I had sensors on my old strat+ they were nice, but not so much bite.

The bridge pickup actually has quite a bit of bite. I was surprised.
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Well that's what they look because they use that cover.


It's not a cover. You're looking at the entire pickup.

Luthier Rick Toone does a customized variant of it, and has pix of his fabrication process that illustrate this:

http://www.ricktoone.com/2009/06/lace-alumitone.html

http://toone.typepad.com/.a/6a00e39826b2898833011571403cea970b-popup
http://toone.typepad.com/.a/6a00e39826b28988330115704b2456970c-popup
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#15
^ ow, sorry and thank you!

Well that's a funny looking pickup then :P
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#16
They're odd...but with their own charms.

They maybe too bulky for Rick Toone's designs, but those things are feather-light. Swapping out a set will cut a pound or so off your guitar. They're noiseless, regardless of size.* I have not heard a cleaner passive pickup.


* I say size because all Alumitones are fundamentally identical in design and thus, very similar in tonal characteristics within a subtype (Alumitones, Deathbuckers, Alumi90s, etc.).
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#17
The Alumitone seems to be a fairly unique design. There are no coverings on the upper & lower parts, so you can see through into the guitar:

I took the pickguard off and had a look at the the pickups, and I was surprised how simple in design the Alumitone appears to be. This is the underside of an Alumitone humbucker (not my picture):