Price paid: € 10
Purchased from: private person
Sound — 9
The sound of these Polish Vintage pickups produced in 1986 go out of beaten standards of sound. Somebody can say, that they don't fulfill these standards, but I'd say that they are just different. The output level is quite low (DC resistance is 5,9 kOhms). Each pup has two HOT wires, which allows work in inverted phase mode in bridge + neck position. These pickups sound really strong despite not high output level. The sound on clean channel is quite dry, but still clear. When you give more high tones in amp EQ to the bridge pickup, you will hear P-90'ish sound with balanced attack. The neck pickup doesn't sound like thunder, but is very clear, basses aren't too muddy. Playing on distortion channel gives even more fun! Smooth, but good attack has bassy character a little bit. When both pickups are working in normal phase you can hear how your amplifier produces oldschool musical fire! Neck humbucker make it much more bassy and allows to expose riffs in song bridges. Solos sound like "from deeps of throat", but after adding boost they are sharp like in hair metal era. I use it with Zoom digital effects and with DIY Big Muff Pi. Guitar is usually plugged into Zoom Fire 30, but sometimes I use some Laneys for e.g. Laney LV100.
Overall Impression — 9
After buing two, never used humbuckers I installed them in my Career Les Paul Custom (made in Thailand in 2007). Originally S-560 used to be mounted in Polish Defil guitars - for example Tosca, Aster, Jowita and Luna basses in 80's. I love the elegant look of the blank covers and unusual sound. If you want to use them in your guitar, you'll have to prepare special frames for them - original frames are much bigger than standard ones. However, some troubles with mounting them in your guitar are worth the individual sound you get after that!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Muza S-560 is very solid construction. It's hard to say, what type of magnets they has. I had one occasion to see S-560 without a cover - it look like hot-rail humbucker. Coils are sinked in resin - without the cover they looke like humbucker jelly. The problem is, that one of the mounting claws has two holes for screws, what makes the pickups incompatible with most of standard humbucker frames without modifications. The cover has three versions - polished, hardened steel (looks like chrome), "metallic" dark gold and mat black. All of them haven't pole pieces - covers are "blank".