Saturday, 6 March 2010

Wilkes "The Answer"

Bertram was recently asking about pickup placement and nodal points. Well, with a guitar equipped with sliding pickups such as this Wilkes "The Answer" you could experiment to your heart's content.

It's a very clever system. The two coils can be used independently as single coil pickups or together in humbucking mode. And, of course, you can position them just where you want.

These guitars date back to the 1980s and were made in the UK. Wilkes were keen innovators and other intriguing instruments included a fretless bass that incorporated metal slap plates at the top end of the neck and so could facilitate 80s-style slapping and popping on a fretless. (Personally, I'm trying to forget all that scary slapping and popping stuff. I never did understand the appeal of that racket.)

Wilkes Guitars, built by Doug Wilkes, are still in operation and guitars fitted with "The Answer" pickup system are still being produced.

G L Wilson

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