This new patent-pending revolving pickup system from Wild Custom is called the Gyrock. Yes, a ‘revolving pickup system’. You read that correctly. And it’s insane(ly expensive).
Wild Custom Gyrock pickup system: Revolving pickups
So every guitarist has probably at some point wanted to switch out the pickups in a guitar on the fly. The Gyrock system is a way to have six pickups in a single guitar. It consists of a metal frame implanted into the body that houses two revolving drums, each with six different pickups mounted in them. You use the two levers on the top of the guitar to rotate to the desired pickups. One rotates the drum at the bridge position, the other the drum at the neck.
The system is also modular, so you can switch out the pickups easily on the rear side of the guitar. The pickups are made by Seymour Duncan. The whole system is so bespoke, though, that you have to buy specific pickups to fit into it.
It all looks extremely user friendly. Apart from using the levers to select your pickups, your tone and volume controls remain the same. This system provides fifteen different pickup combinations – all with one guitar. Awesome.
When you buy your Gyrock guitar, it comes with a starter pack of 10 Seymour Duncan pickups:
SSL-2 / Bridge / vintage strat
SSL-2rwrp / Neck / vintage strat
SSL-4 / Bridge / Quarterpound
SSL-4rwrp / Neck / Quarterpound
SHR-1 / Bridge / Hot Rail
SHR-1 / Neck / Hot Rail
STRA-BRO / Bridge / P90 tone
SL-59 / Bridge / PAF 59
SSLPG / Neck / Pearly Gates
SSL-3 / Neck / Hot Strat
The Gyrock system is currently available on one series of guitars called the Gyrock Collection. It’s the same basic model with the same body, top and neck (mahogany, maple, maple) but the fretboard varies, as does the finish.
There seems to be no way to order the pickup system on its own to retrofit your own guitar with it. But could it – at least in theory – fit other guitars? Might other brands license this from Wild Customs? Could this be the beginning of a whole new revolving pickup ‘scene’? We don’t know, but this is certainly a fascinating system!
You can hear and watch the Gyrock system in action below in the official demo video with Guns’n’Roses guitarist Richard Fortus taking them for a spin.
If you’re at Summer NAMM this week, head to Booth 1335 to check it out. Each guitar in the Gyrock series comes with a set of Seymour Duncan pickups, accessories and a case. But innovation doesn’t come cheap. They do look really well made, though.
You can check out the website below and I would highly recommend that you do. It all looks pretty amazing!
RRP – USD 16000