Lace en Review: Lace Lifers Scott “Wino” Weinrich Signature Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Pickups are an electric guitar’s voice, and through them we hear our own personality, inflection of expression and soul. The origin of Scott “Wino” Weinrich’s soul may still be in debate, but there’s no questioning his skills as a guitar player or influence over thousands of heavy metal ax slingers. </p> <p>His new signature Lifers humbuckers from Lace Music Products take full advantage of the company’s unique design philosophies, ultimately delivering his musical emotional range, from angry and wild to mellow and tender. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong><br /> For those who are unfamiliar with Lace pickups or don’t remember greats like Clapton and Beck playing them in the early Nineties, they were originally developed by the late Don Lace, Sr. who utilized his knowledge of coil construction and transducers to reduce the noise and hum inherent in single-coil pickups. Not only did he succeed in this task, but the sound of his quieter pickups was more consistent, controllable and harmonically enhanced without the addition of active electronics or a preamp. </p> <p>Weinrich’s Lifers are actually modified Lace Drop &amp; Gain model pickups. These utilize mismatched coils to specifically articulate the response from drop-tuned strings without compromising sustain and dynamic range. They still drive the front end of an amp, just with defined frequencies rather than unrefined loose-string noise. Following Weinrich’s desires, his Lifers retain these base qualities and offer more overdrive in the low registers and a long-sustaining, smooth top end. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong><br /> Much like active pickups, the Lace Lifers seem to generate extra energy from each struck note, so much so that high-gain tones almost feel like they’re connected to a sustainer circuit—notes rise in energy and swell to crescendo before naturally trailing off. Unlike some active pickups or artificially frequency sustainers, the Lifers’ dynamics do not suffer for the sake of sonic thrust, and there’s no ghosting on hard-picked staccato high notes. This was especially noticeable in the neck pickup’s ability to clearly deliver the guitar’s full range without ever sounding muddy or washed out. </p> <p>Ever present from the Lifers is a bold bass crunch, whereby enhanced harmonics make power chords and single notes sound almost like they’re being played by two guitars. Medium-to-low-gain settings don’t reveal the Lifers’ best attributes, yet clean tones benefit greatly from the Lifers’ balance of fidelity and equalization, again making the guitar sound thicker and more robust than its innate acoustic character would suggest. And don’t think that the Lace Lifers will only deliver with detuned strings; they’re equally intriguing at full pitch, especially for sweepers who want a dynamic and even response from both bridge and neck pickups.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $249.99<br /> <strong>Manufacturer</strong> Lace Music Products, <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong><br /> Widely mismatched coils make it possible for the Lifers to simultaneously generate a high-output, amp-driving signal that is especially articulate and animated in detuned guitars. </p> <p>Strong bass harmonics combined with a low magnetic pull help both pickups, not just the neck humbucker, produce an amplitude-balanced response to swept arpeggios. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><br /> Whether you’re a drop-tuned player looking for a more pronounced tone or a hardcore shredder who appreciates enhanced lows and energetic sustain, the Lace signature Scott “Wino” Weinrich Lifers may shed a new light on your journey into darkness. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script><object id="myExperience2808499203001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2808499203001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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These new humbuckers, made for the neck and bridge positions, run the sonic gauntlet from metal, hard rock, classic rock and punk.</p> <p>Finger Burners are loud and specific with an old-school grit and endless low-end punch. With always a punchy, clean top end, the Finger Burners are passive in allowing top end in either full dual-coil mode or in single ultra-quiet mode.</p> <p>Designed for maximum output and dynamic range, Finger Burners offer the player increased harmonic content with dynamic articulation.</p> <p>These ultra-quiet passive pickups are equipped with a magnetic blend of Ceramic 8 magnets and Barium Ferrite magnets. Finger Burners require no batteries or active electronics for their high-output tone footprint. </p> <p>Unique to the Finger Burners is Lace’s new Burnt Chrome finished covers. After a finish of chrome over heavy brass covers it is followed by a hand flame torched process. The result is the look of burnt chrome as seen on a motorcycle exhaust pipe. This new finish process adds attitude and distinction to the Finger Burner goal of setting the pace of tone in any situation.</p> <p>No two Burnt Chrome covers are the same as are no two guitar players. Also available in standard black matte finish non-metallic cover.</p> <p><strong>Tech Specs:</strong></p> <p>Neck: Resistance; 9.5 Ω, Peak Frequency; 2910 Hz, Inductance 4.6 henries<br /> Bridge: Resistance 11.3 Ω, Peak Frequency; 2540 Hz, Inductance 5.2 henries</p> <p>Suggested Retail: Neck Sku # 11573 $139.99 /<br /> Bridge Sku # 11574 139.99<br /> 2 pc Set # 11572 249.99</p> <p>To see more of Lace, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Lace Accessories News Gear Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:15:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff Review: Lace Sensor Man O’ War MM4 and P/J Bass Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Man O’ War is the latest series of bass pickups from Lace Music Products. </p> <p>The company has been designing pickups since the late '70s. You’re probably familiar with their Lace Sensor pickups found on the iconic Plus series Fender guitars and basses, as well as a few of Eric Clapton’s signature Stratocasters.</p> <p>There are no exposed magnetic pole pieces on the Man O’ War pickups, and they pack a hot, punchy output into a battery-free passive setup.</p> <p>I checked out the MM4 4-string bass humbucker pickup and a set of P/J pickups. My “test dummies” were an OLP MM bass and a Fender California Series Precision Bass Special. </p> <p>The first thing I want to point out is the CD included with printable PDFs of the wiring schematics. This is an absolute game changer. No longer do I have to feel like I’m in a low-budget, made-for-TV movie trying to decide if it’s the green or red wire that defuses the bomb.</p> <p>The next step was mounting the pickups. I will tip my hat again to the Lace crew for building direct replacements. Absolutely no pickguard mods were needed. Everything fit nice and snug. Lace included some foam and mounting screws, but I chose to keep the original hardware in there. </p> <p>Along with the great schematics, the pickups were clearly labeled, dated and stamped "Made in the USA." The MM4 is a split-coil design. This means you can wire it up as one humbucker or similar to a Jazz Bass, where you can dial in more or less of the top or bottom pickup or crank them both to act at one humbucker.</p> <p>After soldering them in, I used 7/64” as a starting point for pickup heights. Like the description says, they’re hot! I set them just a little lower to keep things even with my other basses. The biggest difference was the stock OLP pickup to the Lace MM4. It went from a noisy, cheap bass to a throaty funk machine. The P/J set took my P-bass from more of a classic P-bass sound to an aggressive sound. If your P-bass needs a little more hair on it, this is the pickup.</p> <p>In each clip below, I start off with the tone rolled back, playing fingerstyle. Then I crank everything up and use a pick to show the more aggressive side of the pickups. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: MM4 $109.99 P/J set $154.99</p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at</em></p> Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Lace Accessories Bass Guitars Blogs Gear Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:39:22 +0000 Billy Voight Gibson's New Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer Powered by Gold-Plated Lace Nitro Hemi Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Lace Music has announced that Gibson's new Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer guitar is fitted with Lace Nitro Hemi pickups dressed in gold-plated finish.</p> <p>Kelliher, one of the guitarists for Mastodon, has been a Lace endorser for some time. It is fitting that his new Signature Gibson Explorer guitar uses some of his favorite pickups.</p> <p>Finished with gold-plated covers to match the rest of his Gibson, these pickups were specially built for this run of Golden Axe guitars.</p> <p>Lace Nitro-Hemi pickups were designed for rock and heavy metal players. It is a serious modern humbucker that can be split for single-coil tones. Bold and aggressive, it will take you from zero to metal in a heartbeat.</p> <p>Built with Barium Ferrite magnets and using patented Lace Sensor design, this passive high-output pickup has the thump of a fat humbucker with the sparkly bell like top end found in single-coil pickups, proving sweet harmonic overtones that jump off every note for increased sonic depth.</p> <p>Nitro Hemi pickups are designed for zero noise and exceptional tone in the split-coil mode. As one of Kelliher’s requirements for Mastodon and more, these pickups deliver the tone and looks Kelliher sought for the guitar.</p> <p><strong>Technical Specs:</strong></p> <p>Neck: Resistance 15.8Ω, Peak Frequency 2750 Hz, Inductance 4.6 henries<br /> Bridge: Resistance 19.0Ω, Peak Frequency 2600 Hz, Inductance 4.6 henries</p> <p>For more information, visit Lace at <a href=""></a> or Gibson at <a href=""></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/lace.jpg" width="620" height="458" alt="lace.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mastodon">Mastodon</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Bill Kelliher Gibson Lace Mastodon News Gear Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:02:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff