1 Rhythmisking 2 weeks ago So, the verdict is in and these are amazing. Frank G. has already done a very thorough video of all the sounds you can get out of our own Mel Waldorf's handmade Alameda pickups. In essence, through some brilliant electro-mechanical genius, Mel has managed to get SIX distinct and extremely usable sounds -three single coil and three humbucking- out of each pickup. This is what a Varitone equipped 345 or L6S guitar could have been if their designers had been as brilliant as Mel. It's significantly different than a simple coil-splittable humbucker. A four-conductor humbucker is typically wound to sound good as a humbucker, and if you split the coils, you get...whatever one coil sounds like, which is typically meh. With Alameda pickups each of the six windings available are specifically voiced to provide well-known classic pickup tones, and I have to say they do the job well.I now have one cool guitar that can get every tone I need to cover all the sounds my band's tunes need. Yes, I am psyched!