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Our Porter Alnico 2 bridge pickup is similar to the Porter Smooth Bridge, but is underwound 5% and measures out in the 8.7-8.9K range. Compared to a hotter Alnico5 pickup the upper end clarity is greatly improved, and while there is ample treble response it's more refined and not sharp or spiky. The
midrange response is more balanced and less dark, and being mounted near the bridge you still get good attack qualities but with better bass
response. It's what we like in a humbucker: Full sounding, but with lots of clarity, detail, and ringing harmonics.
When used with pedals or gain channels you do lose some of the tightness and immediacy of a hotter Alnico 5 type pickup. But the harmonics are a little richer, freer and more detailed. And there is no accentuated upper midrange bump that can get a little fatiguing at times. And do you really need a hot pickup? With modern amplifiers and pedals there is no shortage of gain, and the need for a high output pickup to overdrive the amplifier is not as important as it once was. Our preference is to dial back the pickup, hear what the guitar actually sounds like, and work the amp a little harder.
If you love your HSS guitar but want a little more balance and finesse, the Porter Special Bridge will add tonal versatility and sweetness to any HSS guitar. It's a Velvet Hammer for your bridge position.