Great pickups, great price!
I ordered 2 Elite humbuckers, letting me customize my specs. Jose reached out to me to clarify my request (because my specs were odd), and that alone means a lot to me! It took about 4 months to deliver, which I've found is pretty standard for boutique custom pickups, so if you're in a hurry, I recommend you find an off-shelf model that may be pre-made in quantity. The build was high quality, with gold covers and 4-conductor wire. As per my request, the super hot alnico 2 bridge humbucker has a strong, sweet output with good detail and excellent dynamics. It plays very sweet, with slightly muted attack and it compresses nicely when I dig in. Palm mutes are thick...not necessarily appropriate for metal, but right in the pocket I asked for (great for blues, rock, hard rock). The super cool alnico 5 neck pickup likewise has good detail and excellent dynamics, but with a little less mids, really balancing out the sound of the neck position. There is a little stronger attack in this one, as I'd hoped, and while it doesn't sound like a Strat, it very much does stay clear, even in legato runs in the low notes. Together, the pickups play well, with a bit of snarl and a lot of body to each note. These are the last set for this guitar but not the last set I'll buy from Planet Tone!
Exactly what I needed
Sound and look great, huge upgrade to my guitar
I have a Road Pro IV and love it but was curious about the Elite series humbuckers. I talked to Jose about getting a thicker and hotter Alnico 4 pickup and he guided me along the way. We ended up winding the Alnico 4 to a 17k! Clear covers with gold screws, copper and gold! This goes with with the Heritage Cherry burst on my LP. These pickups freaking Drive! The clarity still remains too. Very happy with how these turned out. Hot, Clear and well defined with more bottom end. I think I'll call it the "Hammer". I'll definitely be purchasing more pickups in the future! Thanks Jose and Planet Tone team.