HS-2 pickups are solid neck and middle position choices for guitars with a full-size humbucker in the bridge position. The HS-2 pickup 's natural tone blends well with humbuckers, making a smooth transition when switching from rhythm to single-note picking. Using the HS-2 also eliminates the annoying problem of switching from a quiet humbucking to a noisy single-coil pickup. A little-known secret about the HS-2 : Eric Johnson discovered that wiring an HS-2 for single-coil operation creates one of the best vintage tones around.
Like the HS-3 , the YJM and the Virtual Vintage series pickups, the low noise, hum-canceling HS-2 works well through high-gain racks and amps where any pickup noise is multiplied through preamps and effects chains.
In the classic Strat configuration, the HS-2 works in all 3 positions. It can also be part of a mixed set with the HS-3 and YJM models. The HS-2 also works in H-S-H combinations, recommended with PAF Pro, Fred , Air Classic and Humbucker From Hell in neck and bridge positions.
Wiring Standard four conductor
Magnet Alnico 5
DC Resistance 14.97K
Year of introduction 1980
Patent # 4,442,749