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Alnico IV Classics

The Tonerider AC4 is a matched humbucker set that is pick sensitive, rich in harmonics and with a tight bass.

Neck 7.5k / Bridge 8.3k, Alnico 4

(9 customer reviews)

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OUR TAKE ON THE EVER POPULAR PAF TONE

The Tonerider AC4 is a matched humbucker set that is pick sensitive, rich in harmonics and with a tight bass.

This set began life as a rumour: We’d heard for years that some boutique makers were sourcing Alnico 4, and player response was great. After working with our first magnet supplier, we came up with an Alnico 4 mix, that seemed to help tame the muddy bass that some guitar Gibson-scale guitars exhibit, especially on the neck pickup. Cranking the gain we found that the picukp saturates quick and starts to “sing” harmonically, with a vocal, flutey quality – the mark of a great PAF!

OPTIONS & SPACING

Colours & Covers: Available in black or zebra open coils, or with highly-polished gold or silver nickel covers.

Wiring: All AC4’s come with four conductor wiring as standard for maximum flexibility.

Spacing:  99% of AC4’s we’ve made have a 50mm spacing (as measured from the centre of the low E polepiece to the centre of the high E polepiece).  This 50mm spacing  suits Les Paul and SG guitars well.

We also now have F-spaced AC4’s, for those looking for a great alternative to an Alnico V or II magnet in HSS strats, or even Floyd Rose equipped guitars.

Baseplate: All Tonerider humbuckers are built with medium-length 9mm baseplate legs for easy installation in a wide variety of instruments. Baseplates are all Nickel-Silver with the Tonerider logo stamp.

Dimensions

Regular-Spaced Covered Humbucker (Metric)
Regular-Spaced Uncovered Humbucker (Metric)
F-Spaced Uncovered Humbucker (Metric)

Regular-Spaced Covered Humbucker (Imperial)
Regular-Spaced Uncovered Humbucker (Imperial)
F-Spaced Uncovered Humbucker (Imperial)

Wiring

2 Humbuckers / 1 Vol / 1 Tone / 3-Way Toggle

2 Humbuckers / 1 Vol / 1 Tone / 3-Way Toggle / Push-Pull Coil Split (Vol)

2 Humbuckers / 1 Vol / 1 Tone / 3-Way Toggle / Push-Pull Coil Split (Tone)

2 Humbuckers / 2 Vol / 2 Tone / 3-Way Toggle

2 Humbuckers / 2 Vol / 2 Tone / 3-Way Toggle / Push-Pull Coil Split


Tech Specs

Alnico IV Classics Neck Alnico IV Classics Bridge
Model AC4N AC4B
Magnet Alnico 4 Bar Alnico 4 Bar
DCR 7.5k 8.3k
Inductance 4.1H 5.0H
Hookup Wire 4-Conductor 4-Conductor
Scatter High Medium/High
Baseplate Nickel Silver Nickel Silver
Year Introduced 2007 2007

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9 reviews for Alnico IV Classics

  1. M Carl

    Excellent bridge pickup, paired with Gibson neck pickup in Sheraton. Super combination. Good price

  2. Darren Bambrick

    Excellent bridge pickup and not just for the price, classic paf sound, as good as any other paf I have had. I have this in a prs s2 custom 24. This pickup splits really well and gives an almost tele sound when split.

  3. howard

    Superb pickup well worth the money very easy to fit in to my hofner shorty guitar

  4. Garjill (verified owner)

    Suono bellissimo! Ottima qualità! Prezzo onesto! Grazie!
    Beautiful sound! Best quality! Honest price! Thank you!

  5. Vintessi (verified owner)

    Al manico suono bello e pulito al ponte ho usato alnico 8.molto soddisfatto. Su altra chitarra cambierò un SD al manico con alnico 4 tonerider.

  6. David D

    Installed in the new 2021 Epiphone BB King guitar. The pickups from Epiphone were ok but I was looking for a fuller sound with more bloom. Installed these into the guitar and what a difference. Neck pickup has that creamy smooth bluesy tone and the bridge just screams, Plus made the 6-position Varitone switch useful with some great tones. I highly recommend these pickups!

  7. Ray

    As mentioned in my review for the AC2 set these two are my absolute favorites as vintage humbuckers. There is no big difference, but you can hear it nevertheless, especially when mounted in the “wrong” guitar!

    The set of AC4s matches perfect my Ibanez S621 with mahagony body, the tone ist colourfull and extremly sensitive to playing techniques. I use them with nickel covers to tame a little bit the top end, works perfect. The open coil AC2 set showed not enough “body”. In my RG with ash body they do much better.

    I tryed several pickups in different guitars, but most of the time I end up with the AC2 and AC4 when it comes down to vintage sounds.

  8. Roger Richey

    I have a Hamer with an Maple body, maple neck and Rosewood board that I could never find the right pup for. I tried Dimarzios and Duncans (which are my favorite) but everyone I tried sounded thin or brittle on the high end. Not this…its perfect. Tight lows and full singing highs. Its like the best of an A2 and A5 mixed togther…Love it.

  9. L.A. Buck (verified owner)

    Many people recognize that Tonerider pickups are good, however I see a lot of comments about how they are “good for the price” or “better than stock Epiphone pickups” or whatever. I’d like to put those thoughts to rest — these pickups are outstandingly good at any price. I own a variety of boutique (Ron Ellis, Tyson Tone, etc. etc.) and highly sought after vintage pickups (real PAFs, Pat. No., T-Tops, etc…) and this Alnico IV Classic set is right at home amongst them all. Somehow they have hit upon a magical recipe here, and the result is big but clearly defined bass response and a beautifully detailed but full bodied treble. I’ve rarely been this happy with a set of humbuckers (see the short list of highlights I mentioned above) and they require very little tinkering. They sound good through every amp I own, and at a variety of pickup heights (both close to the strings and far).

    I purchased this set for a pine Telecaster build and the results are fantastic. I own a stable of Gibson Custom Shop Historics that I’m seriously considering loading up with some Tonerider pickups in the near future. They are THAT good.

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