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The HonkyTonk Angel is my ‘take’ on Leo Fender’s early broadcaster pickups. Wound with 43awg wire like the 1950 original, the ‘Angel’ has alnico 2 magnets for low string pull and singing sustain, and is wound to a whisker under 10k resistance … which is around the perceived output volume of a later 7.5k Tele pickup (wound with the later style 42awg wire). The ‘Angel’ has a biting top end softer bass response and a sweet, singing middle.  perfect for those country pedal steel licks … but much more versatile than just that. When pushing a good valve amp, that singing middle gets progressively more angry … and combined with the stinging top end gives a really distinctive blues and rock tone.

Flat poles, hand cut flatwork, black string wrapping and cloth covered hook-up wires combine with our distinctive gun blued steel baseplates to make a quality package.

Didn’t know who made Honkytonk angels? Well you do now!

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.

Telecaster® vintage output

HonkyTonk Angel Alnico III

Alnico 3 tele neck pickups are fairly thin on the ground ... in fact I can only think of a couple of high priced examples on the market at the moment. Alnico 3 is characterised by a sweet, soft attack, with low string pull and unparalleled string clarity and separation. Couple that with smooth, rounded lows and you have an ideal 'clean' tele neck pickup. However coupled with a pedal, like a Tubescreamer or similar and a good valve amp it can produce smooth singing sustain and is a great choice for blues. 6.8k (average).

Now supplied with nickel cover.



Didn’t know who made Honkytonk angels? Well you do now

There is a little magic when you take a early ‘Broadcaster®’ style wind and pair it with alnico 3 as the great man himself did on those early instruments. A combination of low string pull and chunky output … throw in natural compression … and you have the earliest Tele® trademark sound. A touch less twangy than later designs … but chunky and beautiful for blues and rock, country or rockabilly.

Total Americana! Featuring cloth hookup wire and period plain (un-plated) steel baseplate.

Pairs wonderfully with a HonkyTonk Angel in the neck.

Like it’s bridge namesake ... the sound of pop and rock for the last fifty+ years. Classic 7k resistance.

Fibre flat work, hand scatter wound, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire

Now supplied with nickel cover.

We all know what this sounds like right? A classic 7k vintage Tele: glassy and pure, cutting and edgy, twang and growl. Pure tone in a box.

Fibre flat work, hand scatter wound, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire

Supplied with full mounting hardware.

Please Note, to avoid confusion these are the original Thames Delta pickups, as sold by me since 2011, and are not connected in any way with pickups recently marketed under a similar name


 


This pickup was inspired by a vintage 67 Tele® pickup I rewound for a customer a little while ago … It is seldom I copy a vintage pickup pretty much exactly … but this is the real deal! Wound to 6.8k with vintage style plain enamel (PVA coated) wire, it has hand bevelled, staggered pole pieces, and vintage spec black and white cloth hookup wire. It sits on a period correct, copper plated steel baseplate, and is lightly wax potted.

This is Telecaster® at it’s most twangy, cutting, and well … Telecasterish! Works with any style from blues and rock and roll, to punk … a toneful workhorse of a pickup for the ultimate workhorse guitar!

HONKYTONK ANGEL HONKYTONK ANGEL Alnico III (neck) FORTYNINER Alnico III SUMMER OF LOVE 67 ORIGINAL THAMES DELTA (neck) ORIGINAL THAMES DELTA
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