ThickMaster is designed for a syrupy, soulful jazz sound with a thick, juicy bite with a tonal flavor similar to Charlie Christian’s sound from his unique Gibson blade pickup. Similar but better sound to that of a J Mascis Jazzmaster.
The difference is the ThickMaster has better dynamic range and aliveness. Under high gain sounds similar to a humbucker. Can be used in the bridge position with a FatMaster in the neck if a thick bridge sound is required, however this compromises the middle switch position (both-on-together) sound to a significant degree.
The 6 rod magnets are Kinman's proprietary Alnico-k** magnets which deliver cleaner sound devoid of string crash.
Some people will call these noiseless Jazzmaster P-90 pickups but Kinman prefers to describe them correctly as Zero-Hum Jazzmaster pickups. That's because there are 2 types of noise, Hum which is cancelled in the pickup and Buzz which can only be minimized by shielding the wiring cavities
US Patents 7,022,909 & 8,791,351 B2
** Alnico-K is a unique proprietary rod magnet developed by Kinman in 1985. It is Alnico-5 but has 40% less string pull than Alnico-5 so sustain is longer and there is much less clatter from string crash and no Strat-itis string warble.
* Fender and Stratocaster and Strat are registered Trade Marks of Fender Musical Instrument Corp, Inc. Kinman is not associated with FMIC but they kindly permit us to refer to their Trade Marks to describe our products.