- The All-New SideKick Pickup -
First Pickup to Achieve True Single-Coil
And True Humbucking Tones - All in a Single Pickup!
The SideKick Pickup is the World’s first pickup that is a true Humbucker and switches to an authentic Single-Coil – all in a single pickup. With SideKick technology, switching from humbucker to single-coil, the pickups actually match volume. There is virtually no volume drop-off as in conventional Humbucker coil-tapping or splitting.
I started to develop this technology after the launch of my Tagliare model in August of 2013. Players kept ordering the Tagliare with two single-coils and a humbucker in the bridge position. I worked hard to create these really killer single-coil tones for my new Tagliares and it bothered me that customers would be losing that great single-coil tone in the bridge position. We do offer coil-taps on a bridge humbucker, but I always thought that half-a-humbucker sound, while we have all been doing it for years, just doesn’t get you there...plus you lose half the volume when tapped. I set out to offer a humbucker that turns into a single-coil, which was true to each pickup’s vintage tone with no volume differential.
What sets us apart from the others; our SideKick Pickups are made with “true single-coil” technology, that’s how we retain the true single-coil tone...the secondary coil or “SideKick coil” along with a few other tweaks under the hood is how we make the single-coil go humbucker...and the volumes absolutely match!
The Tagliare model with a SideKick Pickup in the bridge position virtually becomes a four pickup guitar. When you add the fact that the in-between position on the Tagliare’s 5-way switch, you can combine the middle pickup with a bridge humbucker or a bridge single-coil...the Tagliare becomes one of the world's most versatile rock guitars! Add a SideKick to the neck position too, for a true 5-Pickup guitar!
Kerry and his Tagliare:
Kerry Livgren has written some of the biggest songs in rock history...he knows tone. Kerry raves about the tone of his Tagliare with dual SideKicks:
"This guitar of Dean's easily replaces a half dozen of the guitars I have here in the studio for tone. The combinations from this one instrument are so varied."
- Kerry Livgren of Kansas
The SideKick Pickup is available on all Tagliare and Dellatera models as a $72 upgrade, and comes stock in the neck position for the LaVoce models. Switching is done with Push-Pull Knob on the Tone Control.
- Dean Zelinsky