1: What makes Langcaster pickups so special?
A: See the Reviews and Anthology page.
Langcaster pickups are Lo-impedance which means you can plug your guitar into any Amp, PA, Mixer, or PC. You can put a head phones into the guitar ( Mono).
Langcaster pickups do not hum and sound cleaner than any other pickups. You can use long cords with NO loss of treble.
You have 8 pole magnets in the neck so when bending the strings you have no loss of tone and a much longer sustain.
Langcaster pickups are the only ones in the world with a built-in overdrive/distortion option with gain control This gives you a sweet sounding distortion that is better than most built into many Amps and give a Tube like sound.
Most all Langcaster pickups have a wider frequency range than any other pickups and can even be used for Bass guitars.
2: What is the purpose of the overdrive function ?
A: This is an option built into the PCB board it is optional whether you use this option.
The Overdrive/ Distortion function replaces an extra external distortion pedal or the use of a Tube amp.
It works great when you have your normal setup and want this extra sustain by switching on this option.
If you have a Mixer with digital delay you can plug into the Line-In and set the tones you like, add a bit of overdrive and you will have a recording quality sound.
Some mixers have a USB Out so you can record direct in to a PC.
On all kit sets you have a Push/pull pot or Toggle switch to activate the overdrive and set the amount of Gain.
3: Way have 8 pole magnets?
A: So you can bend the strings without any loss of tone.
4: way is there a capacitor on some pickups?
A: With a capacitor in the neck pickup, the tone can be made brighter or duller.
5: What is the purpose of the PCB board ?
A: The Langcaster PCB board has a sophisticated Pre-amp and Overdrive and LED( Optional) Function that out performing all ather active pickups with a MOSFET pre-amp built into the pickup.
The Volume output stays Lo-impedance with Langcaster system,so If you put a volume pot AFTER the buffer like most other pickups, it mucks up the operation.
6: Are Langcasters pickups humbucker or single coil pickups?
A: All Langcaster pickups are stacked coils and do cancel out the cursed hummm.
7: Can you use long cords?
A: Yes 100mt without no loss of tone.
8: Can you use the same pickups for bass and 12 string guitars?
A: Yes, if the stings are running over the poles. However special 12 pole pickups are designed to fit in a standard size humbucker cover and can be used for 4 string Bass and 12 string Guitars.
9: What is the meaning and use of lo-impedance pickups?
A: Langcaster pickups have a resonant frequency much higher than standard pickups of say 750 Hz. Langcasters are 65,000 Hz without the capacitor.
When the copper wire turns are reduced from 5000 to 120, the self resonance goes way up. This is because there is far less inductance (what coils are) which is proportional to the square of the turns. So when you have halve the turns and you get a quarter of the inductance. You have 120/5000 = 1/50th of the turns so you get 0.000576 of the inductance and 1/50th the capacitance. This gives a very high resonance frequency which is why our pickups are so clear.
The signal in normal pickups has to go through a Mile of copper wire first.
10: Are all pickups waxed and why?
A: Yes, so you have no microphonics with lose wires or oxidation.
11: Can I play my guitar directly in to my PC or Mixer.
A: Yes, since the output is Lo-impedance, it works in any amp or home stereo if you like?
12: What options are there with pots and switches?
A: Normal kits have a Volume,Tone, Overdrive/gain push/pull pot.
Another configutation would be, Volume,Tone, Overdrive/gain pot and Drive On/Off toggle switch.
13: What is the best place to fit the battery?
A: You can place the battery in a guitar with a tremolo between 2 springs in the back. Stronger springs are supplied if you had a 3 springs configutation.
You can place the battery, in Fender type guitars below the Jack plate by turning the jack pate upside down. A jack plate will be supplied with a strat kit.
14: Do you supply pick guards and pickup rings?
A: Yes, we supply standard Fender or Squire pickguards in White, White Pearl or Black Pearl as long we have then in stock.
For humbucker shape pickups we supply Chrome plated rings for flat or rounded guitar tops.
15: Why do you have a stereo jack socket?
A: The jack socket works as a switch so when the jack cord is plugged into the socket it activates the battery.
16: How do I test if the pickups are working?
A: All kits are in working order on arrival. Connect a 9v battery and plug-in the cord to your amp.
Tap on the pickups with a Tune fork or with a bade of a bread knife, and test the pots and the overdrive function.
17: How far below the strings do I set the pickups?
A: Langcaster pickups can be placed from 2 to 8 mm below the strings unlike EMG pickups that need to be put 2 mm below the strings.
TROUBLE SHOOTING QUESTIONS
1: I have no sound after I installed the kitset in my guitar.
A: Most pf the time the jack socket is not working correctly. The the pins may be bent. See the pickup page for photos.
B: Check the battery.
C: Do not take the insulation tape off the back of the PCB board as the soldering points can make a contact with the BLACK conductive paint often used in guitars.
D: Jack wires may be soldered incorrectly after installing into the body. See the pickup page for more information.
2: I have more feedback than with a standard pickup.
A: That is because Langcaster pickups are louder and have build in overdrive boost. You have to lower the volume on the amp or use an Active that you have in some amps.
If you are plugged in to a FX pedal, you can often lower the volume in the FX pads if need be.
Lower the volume on the Guitar but it is best to find the correct settings on your amp.
3: How long thus the battery last and how do I know when it is running low?
A: Depending on the brand of battery, it last +/- 800 to 1000 Hrs.
Also when the overdrive sounds funny that is the first sign of a low battery.
Make sure that you take out the cord from the jack socket when NOT playing.The battery is activated when the jack is in the socket.
4: I have a cracking sound on the jack.
A: That means that the jack pins are not making proper contact with the jack. They maybe worn, or rusty or the pins are bent out. Clean the contacts or bend the socket pins inwards.
5: The Pickup adjustment screws are a bit to long to fit in the body and hits the wood.
A: Some pickup cavities are not routed deep enough so you can cut the pickup screws a bit shorter or drill the spot where the screw s hit a bit deeper with a 8 mm drill.