The neck pickup is a split coil on all tesla models. It consists of two offset bobbins. One bobbin picks up the bass strings while the other picks up the treble strings. Since both bobbins are wound in reverse there is no hum. The sound of the pickup is very guttural, but much richer than a strat single coil tone.
The same pickup is placed in the middle position on the studio and midi model. The bridge pickup is constructed in a classic way. Its sound is a lot hotter than the tone of a PAF.
The magnets I use are AlNiCo5 and AlNiCo8 types which were custom made according to my specifications. All components are made in my workshop and, of course, the bobbins are wound here, as well. Finally the pickups are sealed against microphonic feeback in high vacuum chamber. The sealing substance which I use for this has much less influence on the sound than wax would.
All of the electric compartments are shielded to keep out magnetic and electric field interference. The shielding I use is the same one that is used for premium CRT displays. After all, even the smallest static would be visible on the screen. The DC shielding resistance is less than 6 Ohms spread over the whole compartment.
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