Announcing the World's first "Liquid Pickupsâ„¢" for electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
Ferro-Kings Liquid Pickups - The first to use ferrofluid to enhance the sound qualities of a magnetic pickup.
In the 60's, NASA developed ferrofluid to use in anti-gravity fueling experiments. Now nanotechnology has come to guitar pickup design.
Liquid Pickupsâ„¢ have several new and unique processes at work that allow our pickups to capture sound waves and resonance vibrations that are normally missed by today's magnetic pickup designs. - An extra magnetic field...
Ferrofluid is a viscous fluid with nanoparticles of iron. When placed near a magnetic field, the nanoparticles of iron respond by standing up in peaks. These peaks, when placed near ferrous guitar strings, try to follow the vibrating string. So in addition to having a string breaking the magnetic field to create the signal coming from a pickup, we add a secondary magnetic field that follows the string. - Vibration travels through liquid...
The same principles that are at play in the human ear are working inside our pickups. It takes several fluids inside the inner ear to allow us to receive and interpret the vibrations from the outside world to what we know as sound.
Vibrations from the instruments travel through the fluid and are captured and affect the transference of signal through the pickup. - The fluid becomes a liquid diaphragm...
Sound waves from the vibration of strings, the vibrations from the woods that the instruments are made of, and even vibrations from the points of attack like picks or fingers hitting a string can be detected better when transferring through the fluid as opposed to just going through the air. - And it's customizable...
The ferrofluid comes in different gauss levels (strength or amount of iron particles) and thickness (viscosity). By changing either of these, you slightly alter the sound.
On top of that the different selection of top material adds different resonance factors to the sound. We use plastic, acrylic, woods, metals, stone, bone, antler, and even stained glass to tweak the variations in sound and tone.
We have been researching and developing our Fluid Sound Technologyâ„¢ since December 2009. Final prototypes are being tested as of this writing and we will make these available to the general public very soon.
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