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We make up our pickups in small batches and don’t carry large stocks, so please allow 7-10 working days for dispatch,  we may well have to wind your pickup for you. If you are in a rush please contact us ... we just might have your pickup in stock. Postage and packing quoted is for UK and is calculated on the value of the order at the checkout ... We’re happy to post worldwide ... Just ask for a quote.

High output humbuckers

This pickup is my homage to the seventies. Big flares, big riffs, glitter and glam … and HUGE guitar sounds, courtesy of the newfangled ‘replacement pickups’ that were coming over from America.

Not a copy of any one design, but a amalgam of several: the Blue Steel uses multiple magnet technology’ to produce a thundering beast of of a sound.

The alnico 8/ceramic magnet array gives awesome grunt (13k resistance bridge, 9.5k neck)  but a warmth and sweetness that is almost ‘vintage.’

Oil City pickups have no connection with Fender Musical Instruments Gibson or Gretsch.

Weighing in at just over 15k and powered by a alnico 8 magnet ceramic as an option too, the Black Knight is a surprisingly versatile and delicate high output pickup.

A tight focused sound with plenty of ability to drive a valve amp hard … yet a surprisingly open and organic sound.

 Available in 50 or 52mm mm spacing  and  triangular  ‘feet for body mounting if required.

Available as  custom  (black bobbins only) 7 and 8 string units but with a 3 working week lead time phone for details

Bridge unit only … this pairs well with a Blitz Spirit or Scrapyard Dog Plus in the neck position.


Available in: 52 or 50mm spacing. With square or triangular feet. Hex pole pieces are in available in black only, but bobbins are available in black, zebra, reversed zebra, double cream as standard options. Other bobbin colours (including some really wild ones) are available as custom options … please phone or e mail.



Up to now a whole lot of replacement extended range pickups have simply been re worked 6 string pickups. Because of their design, not allowing for the specialised requirements of super low tunings.

Introducing the Blue Steel.

Utilising Oil City’s own hybrid magnet structure technology, this pickup sets a new standard in tone for 7 and 8 stringed instruments. Using multiple magnet strengths and materials in each unit, the response is tuned for fast tracking low notes and warm yet cutting highs.

Superlative string separation, great cleans as well as smooth and powerful distortion characterise these units.

The Black arrow is a classic 17 k bridge humbucker powered by alnico 5: taught in the bass .… with slightly scooped mids and harmonics that leap out. More vintage and blusey than certain famous 17k alnico 5 humbuckers, this is a great choice for hard rock or even metal with the right amp and settings.

One of the great features of the’Arrow’ is how well it splits, giving a strident single coil clang that can almost be between a Rickenbacker® and a Tele®

Available bridge position only, 50 or 52mm spacing. Black, zebra, reversed zebra, or double-cream bobbins … all with black, ‘hexagonal wrench’ poles. Available with conventional nickel finish slug and screw poles.

Triangular body mount feet available on request

These iconic names have been lent to our powerful,  new look range of high output humbuckers featuring innovative design and superb British build quality: weather your thing be six string or extended range there is something here for you.

Names that are an evocative echo from the glory days of British rocket research in the fifties and sixties:



Blue streak - Blue steel - black knight - black arrow

£99.00 individual bridge 7 string bridge or neck unit + £7.60 P&P



£112.00 individual bridge 8 string bridge or neck unit. + £7.60 P&P

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BLUE STEEL Extended Range

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BLACK ARROW

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