Just the right amount of vintage magic makes the 1953 the choice for those that are seeking a more traditional instrument. The '53s all-Alder body is capped with flame maple and the pickup configuration is vintage traditional. Well at least that is how it appears. Actually we put an MK electronics mod on the 1953 that we call the Quad Mod. As the name implies you get 4 great sonic options instead of the expected 3 options. The 1953 has a 4 way switch and in that fourth switch position we give you both pickups in series. It is like having a nice fat humbucker as those two pickups work together. The 1953 also has some nice and hot single-coil Rockfield's designed especially for this instrument. Traditional has never been more evolved.
MK1953BKV Black Vapor
Top: Flame Maple
Construction: Bolt On
Fretboard: Rosewood, Blue Jean Wash available in Maple fingerboard version
Fretboard Radius: 10.5"
Number of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5 in / 647.7 mm
Truss Rod Type Dual Action
Neck Profile Modern C
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Type: Standard
Nut Width: 43mm
Strings: D'Addario EXL110 (.010-.046)
Boutique Mod: Quad Mod (models made after April 2016)
Electronics: master volume - master tone - 4-way blade switch (position #4 gives you Neck & Bridge in series for a unique added humbucker like tone)
Neck Pickup: Rockfield® TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 9.5k DC Resistance)
Bridge Pickup: Rockfield® TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 10.5k DC Resistance)
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Die Cast
Bridge Type: T-Style
SPEC CHANGE: In April 2016 we updated the electronics on the 1953.
All 1953's made before this time featured a stacked single coil in the bridge along with a push/pull on the tone knob to allow you to split it.