The ground-breaking Seymour Duncan SHPR-2b P-Rails delivers 3 distinct tonal voices in a single guitar pickup: a fat humbucker, a beefy P-90, and a traditional single-coil Strat tone. This Seymour Duncan pickup is truly for guitar players who want it all and it's specifically designed to provide a punchier, more aggressive tone in the bridge position.
The Seymour Duncan P-Rails Hot pickup is armed with a beefed up coil wind and 2 powerful Alnico 8 magnets—which rival ceramic magnets in power but maintain the sweet sustain Alnico is known for. The P-90 coil in the P-Rails Hot pickup is wound with a special wire, selected for output and clarity. This P-90 is loud! The rail mode is hotter thanks to the power of the Alnico 8, and the series humbucker mode is huge.
Seymour Duncan P-Rails Hot pickups are a direct humbucker retrofit and can be used in any guitar set up for a traditional humbucker or Trembucker spacing. To maximize P-Rails Hot's unique splitting capabilities and to get the most tonal versatility, Seymour Duncan recommends using them in tandem with a standard Seymour Duncan P-Rails (sold separately) in the neck position with a 2-way switch (push-pull or mini-toggle) to get both humbucker and P-90 tones. Use a 3-way switch (DPDT on-off-on) to bring in the single-coil Rail tones. Or, for the ultimate in versatility, use Seymour Duncan's Triple Shot switching mounting ring (sold separately).
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 very usable moderate-output humbucker tones with less of the phase cancellation often associated with standard parallel-wired humbuckers.
Seymour Duncan P-Rails Hot pickups are recommended for all styles of music. They are built in the USA at Seymour Duncan's Santa Barbara, California workshop.