Oil City ‘Standard’ range

Pickups hand made in London, that offer value for money as well as superb sounds.

Priced around the same as mass produced US aftermarket pickups, these have all the hand made care in their construction that only a small company can bring.

‘Nothing ordinary about Standard!’

Our premium series: these pickups take on the top boutique makers worldwide, and set a new standard for tone.

‘Using the finest materials and with the most exacting assembly … each is hand made, serial numbered and signed … by me alone’.


As fitted to Feline Guitars, Carillion Guitars, The Blackmachine B6 and many quality UK made custom instruments.

Oil City ‘Masterwound’ range

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.

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Tele® modern output

9k of bad attitude ... cutting highs ... Growling mids and rock solid bass. The Hardman bridge is not a a shy and retiring pickup, but well mannered when you turn the gain back. Happy to be ‘chicken pickin’ ... but more than capable of a hard rock wail. Supplied with full mounting hardware

Fibre flat work, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire.

The Hardman Bridge pickup weighs in at 8k resistance (average) making it seriously pokey little brute. There’s no hint of mud or muffle ... but a cutting bluesy tone that is defined and note-clear. Thinking about a ‘bucker’ in the neck if your TeleTM? Try this instead. Not by any stretch of the imagination a one trick pony. Supplied with nickel cover.

Fibre flat work, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire.


9.8k TeleTM bridge/P90 hybrid … cousin of the Alligator, but fitted with twin alnico 5 bar magnets for a little more warmth. A truly outstanding blues pickup.

Kayman 90

A 9.8k Tele® bridge/P90 hybrid bridge pickupwith twin ceramic magnets and scatter wound coil.

A rock and roll and blues beast this: low end grunt and searing highs … with a surprisingly full and rounded mid range … it bites hard, but can still twang when needed. All in all a bad boy at home with styles from blues/rock and classic rock to power pop and punk.




Nothing sounds quite like the Californian Tele®neck pickup! It has a huge range from deep lows to an aggressive cutting top end. Using super long alnico 5 magnets for almost Strat overtones. Perfect for blues or  country or pop. Scatter wound … DC resistance 6.5k nominal. 42awg (StratTM diameter wire) cloth covered hookup wires


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