Duncan P-Rails, SHPR-1
Ground breaking, patent pending design
allows a full-size humbucker to split to either a “real deal” P-90 or a
traditional single coil. Perfect for a wide variety of styles including
country, pop, surf, jazz, blues, classic rock, and heavy rock.
Until now, if you wanted humbucker, P-90,
and vintage Strat® tones, you’d have to haul three guitars to the gig.
Enter P-Rails™. It’s a full-size humbucker that splits to either a
full-size P-90 or a special Alnico-powered single-coil Rail pickup. The
humbucker sound is full and expansive, owing to the mis-matched coil
configuration. The P-90 is a super fat. And the Rail coils, when used
together, sound like the “2” and “4” positions in a great Strat.
P-Rails are best used in a matched neck
and bridge set. To get both humbucker and P-90 tones, use a two-way
switch (push-pull or mini-toggle). To have humbucker and P-90 tones and
bring in the added dimension of the single-coil Rail, use a three-way
switch (DPDT on-off-on).
P-Rails can be used in any guitar set up for a
traditional humbucker or Trembucker. A single P-Rails will bring added
dimension to your guitar. However, to optimize P-Rails’ unique
splitting capabilities and get the best single-coil Rails tones, use a
neck and bridge set.
Normally, in humbucking mode, P-Rails are
wired in series, for a high-output sound that works great for classic
rock and heavier tones. However, when wired in parallel, the coil
mismatch produces a very usable P.A.F.-style humbucker tone with less
phase cancellation associated with standard parallel wired humbuckers,
complete with present upper-mid “bloom” and pronounced string
Peter Stroud / Sheryl Crow Band, Blues Saraceno, Eric Miker / Decemberadio