AT3600 stylus

Released in the 1970's, the AT3600 cartridge and its variants, specifically the AT3600L are the most ubiquitous cartridges in the world! Its notoriety as a giveaway-throwaway cartridge resulted from decades of incorrect positioning as the factory fitted cartridge for the cheapest turntables. The practice lingers today.

Cultural Icon of the Turntable Renaissance
In 2000, recognizing its durability and ubiquity, LP Gear experimented with the AT3600L and found that its sound quality could be improved with the installation of higher quality styli, which LP Gear subsequently followed through with finely crafted Japanese models. Rega followed and raised the status of the AT3600L with the introduction of the Rega Carbon cartridge and Rega Carbon stylus.

Not to be outdone, LP Gear released in 2015 the highly esteemed Carbon Fidelity CF3600LE cartridge with its special elliptical CFN3600LE stylus. Stereophile rates the CF3600LE cartridge as a Class C Recommended Component — The same class as the Ortofon 2M Black ($695), Denon DL103 ($349), Ortofon 2M Blue ($239), and Audio-Technica AT-VM95C, E, H, ML & SH (up to $199).

With ten million estimated former and present users, it has achieved significance and influence as a cultural icon of the turntable renaissance and the 2000s.

For Multigenerational Enjoyment
AT LP GEAR®, our philosopjy runs counter to conventional wisdom. We believe that products should offer multigenerational enjoyment or much longer like the Guarneri violin. Older than the USA — 273 years old to be exact, the Vieuxtemps Guarneri Del Gesu-1741 named for its most famous owner the leading Belgian virtuoso and composer who esteemed it so much he wanted to be buried with it, recently became the most expensive viloin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.

Thus we curated this cartridge as celebration and esteem for the historic AT3600L cartridge; so devoted and new owners will continue to hear this gem at its best for lifetimes to come. It is a loftly goal — we believe its new soul transcends its original self. It has incredible chemistry and emotion with vinyl playing that connects, is heard, felt and enjoyed!

Below are stylus replacements of various capabilities for your listening journey. For a comprehensive listing of ATN3600 stylus applications, see Footer.