There's Quack and there's Quack ... and beyond. Let's go adventuring into new sonic territory.
There’s quack and there’s quack, different intensities, different scoops, different types. Some have a clunky sound and others are very soft and delicate. The usual type when people think of Strats is Mark Knopfler’s trademark sound on the album “Sultans of Swing” … but that’s just one kind of quack, we call it plinky because of the sharp little ‘plink’ at the moment of attack.
When one pickup is stronger that the other that little plink morphs into a stronger clunk and so it does on. Some produce quack and others produce cluck and clack and at the extremes produce clunk and crack (all C words). Our P-90 Hx has some of the most powerful and dynamic clucks know to man. The depth and intensity grows as you pick harder and closer to the 12th fret, it’s really amazing and exciting to hear these new sounds.
Two completely different pickups such as a clean humbucker (think our P90-Bucker) and a powerful Strat pickup (think our Big-Nine-O) leaves the C words behind in favor of th- wack -or- a set of Tubular Belle Strat pickups …. it’s Quack City and beyond.
Believe it or not one of the most ear catching both-on-together sounds comes from our Jazz Bass Chamelion pickups. To our way of hearing it’s the perfect bass sound, a pleasant gritty growl that has a high presence factor that cuts through the clatter of snare and cymbals without being having to be loud. It’s is also dynamic and touch sensitive imparts a high level of inspiration to the player. He’ll find new ways to express bass parts without hogging the limelight.
There is a veritable library of these types of sounds according to the kind of pickups involved and the differences between them. It’s only a matter of time until some imaginative player comes up with pieces of music that highlight and take advantage of these novel sounds that have largely been ignored, or perhaps it’s just that players have not yet discovered and enjoyed a C-word experience.