A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field. But it's also my new Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
pickup! I gave MJ a description of what I wanted which read like this:
"…A 7-string bridge pickup for a basswood Ibanez RG (maple neck, rosewood fretboard): tight bass and slightly scooped mids but a bit of a kick in the upper mids and treble – a sort of ’dry’ sound that gets percussive when palm-muting. I tend to favor bridge humbuckers between 11k and 14k. To put it another more abstract way: a pickup whose tone feels like sanded maple, tastes like creme brûlée and looks like sunlight through a glass of beer."
And here it is: The Magnetar! It has an Alnico 8 magnet and a DC resistance of 13.90k. I installed it in my UV777BK. You can hear some rough recordage here: https://soundcloud.com/peterhodgsonguitar/magnetar-test
If I had to describe it in comparitive terms I'd say it's somewhere between a JB and an Evolution. It's thicker and hairier than an Evo and not as harsh, and it has a bit of that same woody JB vibe that you hear really clearly on Megadeth's 'Countdown To Extinction' and 'Youthanasia' albums. And it djents too. \m/