G&L tech resources: Pickups


The G&L humbucker comes in many forms and has been the de facto standard on most G&L guitars since 2010. When one understands the model designation, it is easy to decipher how they are put together. As an example, take the pickups of this ASAT Deluxe. The designation for the bridge pickup is G&L AW4370B, i.e. ‘A’ for the Alnico V magnet, ‘W’ for wide pole spacing, ‘43’ for 43 AWG wire, ’70’ for 7,000 windings using, and ‘B’ for uncovered black bobbins. Similarly, the neck is a G&L AS4250B: an Alnico V magnet exhibiting standard (‘S’) pole spacing with 42 AWG wire (‘42’) for 5,000 (‘50’) windings and black bobbins. G&L also has a series of pickups, mainly used on Tribute-series models, using ceramic magnets. Hence, the designation for these pickups starts with ‘C’ instead of ‘A’. Instead of black bobbins, white bobbins (‘W’), zebra bobbins (‘Z’) or a chrome (‘C’) or nickel (‘N’) pickup cover are all options which can appear at the end of the designation. The all mahogany ASAT HB and Legacy HB Mahogany also have an AW4370B in the bridge position where it is combined with a CLF-100 single-coil in the middle and/or neck position. For most models for 2018 (and beyond) with humbuckers, typically an AW4470B or AW4470W with 7,000 windings of 44 AWG wire is used in the bridge position, possibly substituted by an AW4368C with 6,800 windings of 43 AWG wire, and an AS4255B, AS4255C, or AS4255W in the neck, i.e. pups with 5,500 windings of 42 AWG wire. The exceptions are the ASAT Classic Bluesboy, which by default has an A2S4248N Alnico II neck humbucker with 4,800 windings of 42 AWG wire, and the Jerry Cantrell Signature models which standard still come with Seymour Duncan humbuckers.


Guitar: Alnico humbucker