Lollar has announced a new humbucker, the Eldorado. “Its been designed specifically to retain clarity and volume when coil-split.
The pickup is described by Lollar as striking “a perfect balance between humbucker and split single-coil tones.” In normal operation, a humbucker is two coils wired in such a way that any noise picked up is out of phase with itself, therefore being cancelled out. The signal, however, is not, and is instead made thicker and more ‘full.’ Splitting the pickup means taking the signal from only one of the coils, providing that single-coil snap from the same position on the same guitar.
The Eldorado also notably has magnetic pole pieces providing its field, rather than screws atop a bar magnet. This is much more akin to the construction of traditional single-coils. This difference is one of the reasons that regular humbuckers sound different to dedicated single-coil pickups when split, and so the Eldorado’s construction should make for a closer match.
Lollar writes: “Typically, the split sound on a humbucker is always a compromise. It is never quite the same as a full-sized P-90 or Strat single-coil. The Eldorado Humbucker does not suffer from the same shortcomings that PAF-style humbuckers do and offers a true single-coil sound when split. You get glassy and clear sounds like a Strat or Tele, even when you play this pickup in a heavy Les Paul-style guitar.”
The pickups are wound for a DC resistance of 9.0k at the neck and 10.4k at the bridge.
Hear the pickups in action, thanks to guitarist RJ Ronquillo demoing them in Lollar’s official introductory video, below.
The Eldorado pickup lists for $200. Find out more at lollarguitars.com.