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Guitar Pickups

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Guitarist Thomas Wester plays neck pickup Big ´n Blue and Blade Bucker bridge with distortion:

 

 

 

Since 1970 Johnny has developed his own types of pickups for both guitars and basses. Producing the right pickup is not simple. To create the right sound, one must have the best magnets, the best suitable copper wire in the right dimensions, the right number of turns, the right physical dimensions, and feedback damping materials. Furthermore, the winding technique is extremely important to get the right sound.

Mørch also matches his pickups to different wood combinations to achieve specific tonal characteristics.

We try to describe the sound and characteristics of each pickup, so that you can get a generel idea of what the pickups sound like. In addition to that you can listen to some sample recordings of selected pickups here.

[sample recordings]

 

Humbucking: 

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   MH Classic Neck (Clear Talk) 7,2K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 

 

Very high resolution, fast response, great dynamics and an open sounding, even frequency response all the way through the top end, but with a fullness which is typical for high quality humbuckers. Equally at home with rock and jazz. Both bridge and neck positioning suits this pickup.


   MH Classic Neck and Bridge (Bitey) 7,0K ohm - 9,0K ohm. Alnico 5

 

 

 

 

Clear, transparent and articulate tone. Very dynamic and a lot of punch

 

MH Classic, neck. (Songbird) 7,9K ohm . Alnico 5

This pickup has a certain sound not unlike the “full and mellow human singing voice”. It is warm and full, but at the same time quite open and with a clearly defined attack, which gives you impressive overdrive-control with the input-stage of the preamp. Also there is a slight compression and a slight roll-off in the treble.

(The pickup looks the same as MH4 Eager)

MH Classic, neck (Steady ’n' Firm) 8,8K ohm . Alnico 5

Compared to the MH Classic ( Songbird ) Has this particular pickup a more tube-like “bite” and slightly higher definition in the initial transients – attacks – of each tone. It also has larger overall dynamic expression and a more extended low end.
(The pickup looks the same as MH4 Eager)


   MH Classic (Jazz Groove) 12,5K ohm Neck and Bridge. Alnico 2

 

 

 

This pickup was especially developed to provide a huge, full, jazzy sound with great smoothness, warmth and a lot of ” body” – especially in the 200-1000 Hz range. This pickup is particularly at home in guitars which might need that extra fullness.

 

MH Classic Hot , bridge (Soft Edge) 12,2K ohm, Alnico 4

A very warm and smooth tone, with a slightly touch of roundness.
(The pickup looks the same as MH4 Eager)

 

MH Classic Hot, bridge (Loud ’n’ Proud) 11,9K ohm, Ceramic

A fast attack and lot of dynamics.Witch is very controllable with the guitar volume.
(The pickup looks the same as MH4 Eager)

 


   MH4 (Eager) 10,5K ohm, Bridge, Ceramic.

 

 

 

This version has even more edge to the sound, especially in the area from about 1400 Hz to 2000 Hz which is especially focused and slightly boosted. It has a slightly higher resolution and more penetrating overtones . Can be used as both single coil and humbucking pickups.
 


  MH5 ( Backbone ) 13,3K ohm, Bridge, Ceramic.

 

 

 

Particularly suited for rock and lead guitarists this pickup has a certain built-in kind of compression and a great focus in the area from 400 to 800 Hz. This will provide any lead guitarist with tremendous control of the amp . Can be used both as single coil and as humbucker – always with great crunch and control of the attack.


Single-Coil (S-model)

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   MS2 - (Muscle) 6,7K ohm, Ceramic

   MS2sp - (Savage) 6,5K ohm, Ceramic *

 

 

The essential “Rock and Roll pickup” – a very powerful singlecoiler with extremely high output and superb control of amp-clipping. Very fast response, super duper dynamics and great control and definition. Single coil timbre but with added fullness and body – just like a humbucker in bridge position. Meant to be played fast, hard and steady. Also great for Shadows sounds, but more open than a typical humbucker. Available for all positions, but mostly used in the bridge position.

* A different wiretype and extra wounds for a slightly hotter output.


   MS4/1 - (Wealth 'n Tone) 5,9K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 


MS4/1 - (Wealth 'n Tone) 5,9K ohm, Alnico 5 Here is the ticket to the “Sound of the Seventies” which in general – and especially compared to the MS1/I – means a tighter sound balance with rolled off bass for more focus in the midrange and higher definition and more penetration in the top. For neck, mid or bridge position. The mid pickup is reverse wound to make it humbucking when combined with the neck or bridge pickup.


  MS4/3 - (Mr. Six String) 6,3K ohm, Alnico 5
  MS4/3SP* - (Organic) 6,9K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

With slightly more focus on the 300-800 Hz area and a very easy, calm and bluesy sound this pickup is ideally suited to guitarists who love that feel to play around the threshold of slightly overdriving the amp-system. A great pickup for soloists as well as blues/folk-singers that do not want to make to much “noise” but would rather sing each tone out… Available for neck, mid or bridge position. The mid pickup is reverse wound to make it humbucking when combined with the neck or bridge pickup.

* This pickup also comes in a special edition (SP) which has more windings and a different wiretype that results in a slightly more boosted/blusey sound. Well suited for players that like to 'dig in' when they play. MS5/3B - (Big 'n Blue) 6,2K ohm, Alnico 5


   MS5/3B - (Big 'n Blue) 6,2K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 

The famous MS5/3B, one of Mørchs’ most popular models, features a great vintage sound with 30 percent higher output and improved resolution, so each string can sing out loud without interfering with one another. A great feeling of control with harmonic feedback plus superior control with dynamics and overtones make this pickup a favorite with many top level stage and studio musicians on the blues and rock scene. Available for neck, mid or bridge position. The mid pickup is reverse wound to make it humbucking when combined with the neck or bridge pickup.


   MS5/3C - (Funky 'n Blonde) 6,4K ohm,Alnico 5
   MS5/4* - (Transparent) 7,9K ohm, bridge, Alnico 5


 

 

Slightly less treble extension, slightly less resolution, and a slightly warmer “over-wound” kind of sound. Then add more focus in a narrow range from 800 Hz to 1000 Hz and you end up with a tuned pickup which is particularly useful in the bridge position and for use on solos.

*This pickup also comes in a special edition which has more windings and a different wiretype that results in a slightly more boosted/blusey sound. Well suited for players that like to 'dig in' when they play.


Single-Coil (T-model)

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  MT5/I Neck (Sunrise) 5,9K ohm, Alnico 5
  MT5/I SP* (Shootout) 6,2K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

A great T-type pickup for any guitarist who wants a real open and very warm sound with slightly higher output and a better definition of attacks and rhythm. Great for clean, singing tones in both rock and C&W music. Great volume, fullness and body on the first string.

*This pickup also comes in a special edition (SP) which has more windings and a different wiretype that results in a slightly more boosted/blusey sound. Well suited for players that like to 'dig in' when they play.


  MT5/II Bridge (Clear Mountain) 7,0K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 

A true vintage classic with a beautifully “rounded off” sound and a soft and smooth, authentic character. Upper midrange is particularly tube-like, whereas the lows and highs have been deliberately muted a bit. An excellent choice for those musicians who aim for that authentic vintage sound…


  MT5/III Bridge (Stetson Shade) 6,8K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 

This pickup has identical specifications to MT5/II except there are about 1000 more windings on the wide wound coil. On this particular design those extra windings seem to enhance the 6-800 Hz range and ensure higher output and added fullness and weight to the sound.


  MT4/I Neck (Dawn) 5,7K ohm, Alnico 5

 

 

 

Good resolution and a truly great attack and bite – especially in the 800-1400 Hz range – makes this pickup a great choice for soloists who prefer finger picked solos. The top end is very open. You might add a metal cover, which makes the sound more laid back. Great top-to-bottom coherence.


 

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   M90 (Classic Smooth) 5,7K ohm, Alnico 5
   M90SP* (Pole Position) 5,7K ohm, Alnico 5


 

 

This pickup has a very clear bell like top with a slight roll-of of the highest frequencies, a well defined buttom end, and lots of warmth and punch. The sound lies somewhere between a humbucker and a s-type singlecoil.

* This pickup is boosted with a little more midrange.

 


 

 

HUMBUCKER-SINGLECOIL

 

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   Blade Bucker - 7,5K ohm, Ceramic, Humbucker the size of a singlecoil!

 

 

 

A great and rather special bridge position pickup, particularly designed for rock & roll. Designed with two side wound coils which can be either wired for humbucking, single coil or dual single coil.


 

Mørch active electronics circuits have low impedance output for lower noise and interference and the ability to power longer cables with no degradation of sound quality. All Mørch active electronics have a bypass switch for both playing active and passive, and a very long battery life.