- What is wax potting?
- Are Sheptone pickups potted?
- Should I have my humbuckers potted?
- Does potting affect tone?
- Do you offer humbuckers with short legs?
- What string spacing is used on your humbuckers?
- Will my covers fit your humbuckers?
- Do you offer F-spaced humbuckers?
- Do I need 2-wire or 4 wire on my humbuckers?
- What is RW/RP?
- What does resistance mean?
- Do I need to order left handed pickups?
- Do pickups come with mounting hardware?
- How do covers affect humbucker tone?
- Which pots to you recommend?
- Which capacitors to you recommend?
- How long do I have to wait for my pickups?
- What if I want a set that is not on the site?
- Do you offer HSS, HSH, and HHH sets?
- Tell me more about magnets?
- What color coding to you use on 4-wire humbuckers?
- What is the Peter Green mod?
- If I install my humbuckers backwards, are they out of phase?
- What methods of payment to you accept?
- How are orders shipped?
- What if my pickup doesn't work?
- One pickup is louder than the other, what is the problem?
- What is the recommended pickup height?
- Do your pickups come with a warranty?
- Do you offer a warranty on tone?
- Can I cancel my order?
- Can I return a custom order?
- How long will it take you to return my email?
- Can I call you?
- Do you do repairs and rewinds?
- Can I send you my guitar for installation?
- Can I trade you my gerbil for some pickups?
Pickups are soaked in hot wax to fill air gaps and keep parts from vibrating which can cause microphonic feedback (squeal)
All sheptone pickups are potted, with the exception of humbuckers.
If you play at stage volume with floor monitors, or with an amp on high-gain settings, you may get squeal. Sheptone humbuckers are wound and taped tightly, but this may not be enough in some situations. If you get squeal, it may be your height screws and springs. Bend the height screws a couple of degrees in the middle so the pickup wobbles when you loosen or tighten them. This keeps the threads tight on the screws, and actually provides an extra adjustment to help level the pickup with the strings. If in doubt, choose light potting.
Short answer is yes. The long answer is you probably won't even notice the difference. Potting can reduce some good microphonics, but with scatter winding, the effect is minimized.
Yes. If you are putting humbuckers in a PRS or a strat, you will most likely need short feet. Humbucker sized P90s come standard with short legs as well.
All humbuckers are vintage 49.2mm spaced.
Most if not all 49.2mm covers will fit.
I no longer offer F-spaced humbuckers.
2-wire is the standard vintage braided wire you will find on most humbucker guitars. If your guitar is equipped with coil split switches or push/pull pots, you will need 4-wire. 4-wire can be used to operate on one coil of a humbucker, or to put two humbuckers out of phase.
This means reverse-wound, reverse polarity. On single coil pickups, when pickups are selected together, they will hum cancel.
Short answer, really nothing. Resistance is used as a reference or rule of thumb to help determine output. It is not a measure of true output, but is enough to help you decide how pickups will perform compared to others. Many factors affect resistance. Long story short, the number of turns of wire and magnet strength determine true output. Average resistance listed on my sets is just that, average. Your set may not match that advertised, but performance will remain the same as the number of turns is always constant.
Only on stratocaster vintage and modern stagger is this necessary. All other pickups come with sufficient lead length to wire any guitar.
With the exception of Dogeared P90s, all pickups come with mounting hardware.
Adding a metal cover is like adding a very small capacitor to the circuit. Covers slightly reduce high harmonics and "presence," but IMO, they also add another dimension to tone. Pickups with covers act also like a microphone and will pick up string noise as well. All humbucker clips on the site were recorded with covers installed.
For humbuckers and P90s, 500-550K pots, for strat and telecaster 250K-275K. WD Music has great +/-9% tolerance CTS pots.
I personally prefer Paper in oil (PIO) caps for humbuckers and P90s. Caps can be very subjective but I personally like Orange Drops for strat/tele, and Vitamin T caps from Mojotone for Humbuckers/P90. Values of 022 uF for humbuckers/P90 and 047 uF for Strat and Tele. If you want to maintain more highs on humbucker and P90 neck pickups, choose 015 uF for the neck only.
Wait times for all orders are currently 4 weeks.
Sheptone offers a wide variety of custom sets, built to order. All custom orders will take 2-3 weeks to ship.
Magnets are a complicated thing. Each variety of magnet has 3 different "energies." Its coercive force, which is basically string pull. Its field density which determines how much magnetic flux the string is passing through. Finally, it's ability to hold a charge. Sheptone degausses it's magnets specifically to perform properly with each model. In GENERAL, alnico 5 has a dense field, strong coercive force, and excellent ability to hold a charge. Alnico 2 has a weak coercive force (less string pull), a less dense field, and good ability to hold a charge. Alnico 4 falls in the middle with good field density, but has a lower coercive force and good ability to hold a charge. "Alnico 3" is actually "Alni 3" which has no cobalt, and results in a very poor ability to hold a magnetic charge. Alni 3 magnets can be very unpredictable, and only work in certain applications. Sheptone does not recommend the use of alni 3.
Sheptone humbuckers use the same color coding as Gibson. You can find a wiring diagram HERE
One magnet in a humbucker set is reversed from the other. This puts the pickups out of phase and results in a "nasal" sound when pickups are selected together.
We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover. I also accept checks or money orders by mail. Please email me to order by mail. When sending payment, please include your email address, phone number, name, shipping address, and the details of what you would like to order.
Domestic orders are shipped by Priority mail, you will receive an email with the tracking number. International orders you have the choice of $25 per set for flat rate Priority Mail shipping. This option is NOT trackable, and I am not responsible for loss in shipping. The other option is USPS International express for $50, fully insured and trackable.
All pickups are tested thoroughly before they are shipped, but occasionally they are damaged in shipping, even if they don't have any obvious physical damage. Measure the DC Resistance on your pickups, and check that a screwdriver sticks to the poles before you install them. If there is a problem, email me and I will replace it.
If your height adjustment is correct, 98% of the time this is caused by a bad potentiometer, a problem in the wiring, an overheated potentiometer or "cold" solder joint during installation. We recommend professional installation for all pickups. Please check these things before you contact me. If the pickup is determined to be defective or damaged in shipment, it will be replaced at no charge.
It depends on the guitar. For most pickups, start with the pickups at 3/16" from the strings with all strings fretted at the 12th fret. First adjust the pickups to equalize volume between them. Next, for pickups with adjustable poles, move poles up and down to achieve the balance you want between strings. Finally, adjust the pickup in small increments up or down to achieve the best tone by EAR. You will find there is a "sweet spot" where the pickups sound best.
All Sheptone pickups come with a 1 year replacement warranty which covers manufacturing defects. No other warranties are expressed or implied.
Tone is very subjective, and much of it depends on the guitar. If you don't know which set you need, please email me with as much information you can about your guitar, what you don't like, what you like, what pickups are in it, what type of gear you use etc. Most of the time I can nail it, but if for some reason they aren't quite what you wanted, you can exchange your pickups for another set at no charge, provided that the original leads are un-cut and the pickups are undamaged and in new condition.
Yes, you can cancel your order before they are shipped. If you are ordering from stock, there is a 15% restock fee. There are no cancellations allowed on custom orders.
Custom orders are not returnable, or refundable, unless damaged in shipment. They are covered under the standard 1 year warranty.
I do my best to answer all emails within 24 hours M-F. It may take me a bit longer on the weekend.
At this time I am still a one-man operation, and would like to keep it that way. For that reason, I do not accept phone calls. If you would like to speak on the phone, email me your phone number and the best time to call (and what time zone you are in) and I will call you as soon as I can.
Sheptone is no longer accepting repairs and rewinds. I will consider restorations of vintage pickups on a case by case basis.
For insurance and other reasons, I do not accept guitars for installations.
No. I do not accept trades, mammals or otherwise.