Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup

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Fat tone. No mush. Railhammer takes the humbucker to a new level of performance with their unique combination of rails and poles.

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup Bridge pickup with black cover

Bridge pickup with black cover

Item # 5480
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$99.00

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup Neck pickup with black cover

Neck pickup with black cover

Item # 5481
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$99.00

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup Bridge pickup with chrome cover

Bridge pickup with chrome cover

Item # 5485
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$99.00

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup Neck pickup with chrome cover

Neck pickup with chrome cover

Item # 5486
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$99.00

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Product Details

Fat tone. No mush. Railhammer takes the humbucker to a new level of performance with their unique combination of rails and poles.

Tight lows and fat highs—perfect tonal balance without compromise!
Railhammer's Hyper Vintage bridge pickup is warm, open and lightly compressed. Perfect for blues and classic rock. The neck pickup won't turn to mush when you dig in, even with chords. Great for blues, classic rock, old school metal and punk.

BRIDGE NECK
8.5K ohms 7.5K ohms
Alnico 5 magnet Alnico 5 magnet
42 gauge coil wire 42 gauge coil wire

There's no mistaking the look of a Railhammer humbucker, or the great sound!
They're the result of a personal tone quest by guitar industry veteran Joe Naylor, founder of Reverend Guitars. Joe was tired of hearing mushy distortion from neck-position humbuckers.

His solution: narrow-sensing height-tapered rails for the wound strings, to reduce note smearing, and oversize 6mm polepieces for the plain strings, to increase note thickness and sustain. "I thought if I can keep the clarity of rails on the wound strings, but build in the fat tone of large round poles for the plain strings, it'd be perfect." And he did it, without volume drop-out anywhere on the pickup!

Railhammer humbuckers have universal string spacing that works for practically any guitar, thanks to the oversize polepieces and long rails. They fit any guitar with standard size humbuckers. The non-adjustable poles, vacuum wax-potted coils and 6-screw baseplate (standard humbuckers have 4) reduce internal vibration to prevent unwanted feedback.

Railhammers are available in Hyper Vintage, Chisel and Anvil models.

Includes height screws and springs. 500K pots and .022 microfarad tone cap are recommended.

Versatile 4-conductor hookup wire with ground allows custom coil-splitting, phase reversal and series/parallel wiring.

Wire color codes:
Black = hot
Green = ground
Braid = ground
White = red: Solder together and tape off


Product Instructions

Railhammer Humbucking Pickups

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Railhammer Humbucking pickups.

    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 5480
    • 0.330
    • 5481
    • 0.310
    • 5485
    • 0.392
    • 5486
    • 0.384

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Best I Have Ever Used

By The Lefty Luthier from Spring Branch, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 02, 2013


Excellent quality, very precisely made. Sound characteristics as advertised. Only criticism is a better spring mounting technique would save lots of headaches.

Love the sound

By J K Jones from Los Angeles, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 22, 2012


I wanted to replace the stock pickups in my strat (H/S/H) as they sounded "just ok." After a lot of reading and research, I purchased the HV's for the neck and bridge. I had a professional put them in, as I wanted the set up done and I didn't want to mess up my guitar. The adjusted the middle pickup to work with the HV's. Very happy that I did this and look forward to making a lot of music with these pickups.

Un-muddy your Les Paul...

By Matt W from Boston
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 10, 2012


I have a mid-90s Les Paul Studio and have been looking for some time to improve upon the sound of the stock pickups and electronics. They're not bad, as such, but I definitely felt that my guitar could sound more defined. In particular, the stock neck pickup was only ever good for soloing when used with an overdriven amp - way too mushy for chord work. I was considering various humbucker options when I came across the advert for the Railhammer pups, watched a couple of reviews on YouTube, and decided that this is what I was looking for.

Full disclosure: I purchased and installed new CTS 500K pots for both volume and tone controls at the same time that I installed a pair of Railhammers. I am by no means an expert with a soldering iron but the job was easy to complete.

The difference was immediate and for the better! The neck pickup is now usable on its own for overdriven chord work and riffing, while remaining nice and fat-sounding. The bridge pickup has plenty of bite still, but I got the clarity I was looking for without sacrificing the character of the guitar. Very happy with the purchase.



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