We are Eclectic Sounds / aka: eclsounds – a store front in Portland, Or. We are open 7 days a week from 11 – 5 PST (by appointment)
Whether Cory Wong is playing his Strat as a solo artist, as a member of Vulfpeck, or in The Fearless Fliers, he’s leading a new generation of guitar heroes. Putting as much focus on getting your feet dancing as his impressive chops, Wong always dishes out the finest Minneapolis-style funk. And as a longtime Seymour Duncan user, when Fender approached Wong about creating his signature Stratocaster, he knew where to turn for its pickups.
Since Wong first burst on the scene with his compressed chord stabs, double-stop melodies, and impossibly thick grooves, he relied on Seymour Duncan. And his favorites were the Antiquity II Surfer Strat pickups or the Everything Axe Set.
The Antiquity II Surfer Strat single-coil pickups gave Wong those iconic Strat sounds we all know and love. From twangy bridge bite to warm and clear neck tones, and of course, Wong’s favorite in-between spank, these pickups deliver.
The only time Wong wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with the Surfer Strats was when he dialed up an overdrive tone. That’s when he’d switch to the insanely versatile Everything Axe Set. Combining a JB Jr. in the bridge, a Duckbucker in the middle, and a Little ’59 in the neck position, this set lets Wong instantly switch to fat, humbucking single-note lines on a whim.
The Antiquity II Surf Neck provides that smooth and chiming bounciness that only a Stratocaster can produce. Our specially calibrated Alnico 5 rod magnets and custom scatter wound coil give the treble attack a subtle sweetness without losing any harmonic sparkle.
The custom bridge pickup is 50 percent hotter than the other pickups yet utilizes a degaussed Alnico 5 rod magnet. This process offers more mids and a slightly softer treble attack. It easily cuts through the mix while still retaining classic Stratocaster tonal character.
We also use vintage-correct blue/yellow cloth pushback lead wire, light gray bottom flatwork, and custom-aged covers for just the right look. The Antiquity II Surfer vintage Strat pickups are all lacquered and wax potted.
This 3-pickup set turns your Strat into a versatile workhorse. The JB Jr. single-coil-size bridge humbucker gives you full and harmonically rich chords and lead tones. And thanks to that classic upper midrange presence, there is tons of bright harmonic sparkle and tight, focused low end.
The middle-position Duckbucker adds sparkly single-coil tone in positions 2, 3 and 4. Though humbucking, its unique, split-pole pattern—with three poles on each coil—is the soul of its single-coil snap and warm low end.
The Little 59 single-coil-size humbucker’s P.A.F.-like response is great for big, full chords and fat, punchy solos. Plus, it has a pleasing blend of warmth and bite when you dig in.
Cory Wong Clean Machine Pickup Set
Both the Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Surfer Strat pickups and the Everything Axe Set suit Wong perfectly. But when Fender came calling about his new signature Stratocaster, it was the perfect opportunity to create his own set of signature pickups.
Wong already knew precisely what he wanted and who he wanted to make them. He asked Seymour Duncan to craft pickups with the clean, crisp tonality of the Antiquity IIs and the compressed, focused tone of the Everything Axe Set when playing with overdrive. And he wanted it all from a single set of single-coil pickups.
Done and done.
The Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine pickup set is the culmination of Cory Wong’s inspiring career, ear for tone, and Seymour Duncan’s decades of pickup crafting experience.
At their core, the Clean Machine pickups are a variation on his beloved Antiquity II Surfer Strat single-coils. They retain the vintage Strat clarity, warmth, and twang Wong relies on for his brand of funk and soul. But by using Alnico IV magnets in the neck and middle position, and a stack with Alnico V magnets in the bridge, as well as overwinding the bobbins, Wong’s pickups also love thick overdrive and easily dish out singing single-note solos. Not to mention, these pickups feature a pristine, unaged look, further distancing themselves from their Antiquity II ancestors.
( On NEW gear we have to charge a 15% restocking fee due to people wanting to “try out and/or pilfer parts”. If NEW items arrive damaged, we can process a return. Call our shop or write in if you have any questions, we are here to help you find the gear of your dreams… )
You are welcome to come play this gear in our shop!