some fantastic players demonstrating our guitars & pickups
Eternal Guitars Standard "Vintage style" humbuckers VS "PAF Replicas'
Thank you all for your FABULOUS response to our recent PAF Demo Video. We thought you’d also love to hear the difference between a set our old standard “Vintage-inspired” humbuckers and our newer "PAF Replica" units. Our old models were very similar to any other “stock’ low output humbuckers made by most of the big pickup companies globally. They are built using run of the mill plastic bobbins, polished bar magnets and Polysol coil wire - and they actually sound very good, but if you’re looking for that REAL edge of microphonic, late ‘50s PAF sparkle, transparency and growl, then our PAF Replicas will give you that in spades. This whole video was recorded in one day. At the beginning, you’ll see and hear an ’89 Gibson LP Standard owned and played by Chris Cox, that we fitted with our old ‘Vintage inspired” pickups a few years back. It does still sound very good indeed. A little later in the vid - once I had swapped the pickups out for a set of our PAF Replicas (made to Chris’s preference of a Nickel-covered neck unit with A2 magnet alongside an all black open-coil A5 bridge) you’ll hear just how different the PAF Replicas sound. Everything else in both recordings stayed the same including the Dr.Z amp, mic placement and settings… Enjoy!
Eternal "PAF T-Type # 5" demo with Alex Ward and Chris Cox
In this video our Chief Product Demonstrator Alex Ward (with a guest appearance from Chris Cox) takes you through the features and tones available on our "PAF Replica T-Type #5". Our lightweight Eternal 'PAF Replica'-equipped T-Types have become a very popular for those looking for a versatile, tone-packed and simple instrument, perfect for all styles of music. The combination of a lightweight build, solid hardware and our open sounding PAF Replica pickups create a unique tone - both resonant and focussed that really allows the player to find their own voice to craft truly musical tones. Our previous versions have all leaned heavily on the early/mid ‘50s vibe and aesthetic, with maple necks and two-tone sunburst finishes. For this latest version, I decided to bring things forward a little into the early ‘60s. Apart from the obvious aesthetic difference, the addition of a rosewood fingerboard changes both the playing feel, and of course tone. But just look at her! The body is semi-hollow obeche which ensures a super lightweight feel and adds a little ‘air’ to the tone under the all nitro aged three-tone sunburst finish. Playability is best described as ‘enhanced vintage’ with a C-shaped maple neck topped with a slab dark rosewood fingerboard with a vintage radius and 21 jumbo sized frets and our own clay dot markers. A hand-cut bone nut with Kluson/Gotoh hardware - including a cut down, three brass saddle ashtray bridge with through body stringing for maximum TONE - keep things simple functional and easy to maintain. As with the previous four incarnations, this build is powered by a pair of our wonderful "PAF Replica" pickups, with the juice channelled through our usual CTS, CRL and Switchcraft electronic components, including 500k Linear volume and Log tone pots.
Win a set of our wonderful "PAF Replica' Pickups!
So, who out there would like to WIN a set of our “PAF Replica” Pickups? It couldn’t be easier to enter: simply “like” this post and the “PAF Demo Video” that we published yesterday, “follow us” and also tag a friend in the comments who you know would also love these pickups - and that’s it! On 1st November 2020, one very lucky recipient will be selected to win a PAF Replica Set and will be able to choose from all the currently available options, which include Nickel covers or open coil in Black, Cream or Zebra, and you can also decide to have them fully and authentically aged, or bum squeaky clean, shiny and new… the choice will be yours! Good luck!!
Eternal "PAF Replica" demo with Alex Ward, Sam Bell, Lewis Harding and Chris Cox
We are incredibly proud of our 'PAF Replica" pickups and a couple of weeks ago, we invited some of our "Eternal Artists" to join us and capture some of the glorious tones available on video. We used proper valve amps at VOLUME so you can also hear just how fabulous they sound in a variety of different guitars. Filmed and hosted by out Chief Product Demonstrator Alex Ward, who is joined by Sam Bell, Lewis Harding and Chris Cox. For more information or to purchase, please head here: https://www.eternal-guitars.com/product-page/paf-replica-set
Eternal 'GST' Humbucker demo by Alex Ward
I first made this fabulous sounding and versatile humbucker for our Chief Product Demonstrator Alex Ward. I’ve built a few guitars for Alex and the first one ‘Riggs’ was an all mahogany hybrid S-Type that also had a healthy dollop of Les Paul DNA. Alex asked if I could recreate the bridge pickup on his own ’93 LP so with a bit of reverse engineering I did exactly that, and then improved the overall tone to the point where Alex now has the ‘GST’ in all of his humbucker equipped guitars including his old LP. The GST has that wonderful PAF on steroids tone - thick, meaty and warm sounding, loud and punchy but without the flatulence that dogs so many high output humbuckers, which tend to have way too much output at the sacrifice of tone. With a dc resistance of 10.5k ohms this pickup is not shy or retiring but retains subtly and articulation at low volumes with a tight and defined bottom end and singing highs - it works brilliantly for everything from vintage-voiced rock, in your face blues and even advanced rock styles. Check out Alex’s fantastic demo video where he compares the GST in four different guitars, for conclusive proof of how it works equally as well in both set-neck and bolt-on guitars using different wood types. Available in all the classic bobbin colours or with nickel, chrome or gold covers and as a lone 52mm bridge pickup as a calibrated pair. Ageing is also optional, so just choose your perfect look! A2 mags. 10.5k output.
Eternal Guitars "Skye" T-Type demo by Alex Ward
Skye is a real wolf in sheep’s pyjama’s… With an extremely lightweight and heavily contoured ash body, this one is a breeze to play with fantastic upper fret access.The heavily aged all nitrocellulose finish is a full three-tone sunburst beneath the worn thorough Sonic Blue overcoat. A slick maple neck with compound 9.5 - 12” radius dark rosewood 'board and 21 massive 6000 size frets lend a modern easy to play feel, and our own clay face dots with Luminlay side dots to guide you on darker stages. Hardware is all aged Gotoh and Kluson with three compensated brass saddles for epic tone, while the electronics are our usual top notch CTS, switchcraft and CRL components: a simple master volume and tone control set-up with a 3-way selector switch to choose between our aged nickel-covered 'PAF Replica' neck humbucker and our punchy Turbo-T bridge pickup. The Turbo T is a true single coil with added grunt. Tall 6mm diameter flat stagger magnets and lots of winds add beef and a thick, chunky voice. With gain the tone is fat and loud with just the right amount of low string clarity and enough output to compliment a full size neck humbucker. Back off the volume and it cleans up for a brighter percussive voice with a healthy dollop of tele twang. Not quite as poky in output terms as our wonderful and very popular T90 pickup, the ‘Turbo T’ offers a thicker, broader voice with a pronounced midrange hump perfect for nudging your tone into humbucker territory within the footprint and ashtray bridge of a normal Tele. Our "PAF Replica" really nails the open, transparent tones of the original late '50s humbuckers, by using all the correct components and our own coil wind recipe for that perfect 'edge of microphonic' tone, that offers fantastic clarity and note definition even in the neck position - just like the originals did.
Eternal Guitars "JR-Type" demo by Alex Ward
This all mahogany 'JR' is a simple, unfussy design yet packed with tone. Featuring a one-piece body with three-piece laminated neck (for strength - the headstock won't break off on this one...) and a dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium/jumbo frets on a 12" radius and handmade bone nut. Hardware is all high quality Gotoh and Kluson vintage repro with an Eternal V90 single-coil pickup wired through CTS brass collar pots using '50s style wiring to a Switchcraft output jack. The aged finish is all nitro with a handcut and aged celluloid 'tort' pickguard.
Eternal Guitars "Nancy" the mid-'50s S-Type demo by Alex Ward
'Nancy' is a tribute to the iconic mid-'50s era S-Type. A gloriously grained, one-piece ash body is mated to a thick-sectioned, one-piece maple neck to give a bright, responsive and completely percussive acoustic voice. The two-tone sunburst nitro finish is heavily aged to mimic decades of use and gigging. Our own Tweed-Tone singlecoil pickups offer all the snap, sparkle and clarity that you could need from an S-Type and are wound with a non-RW/RP middle pickup for that extra slither of bite from the mix positions. Hardware is Kluson and Gotoh with our usual high-quality CTS Brass collar pots, CRL Switch and Switchcraft output jack and cloth covered wiring.