August 26, 2019

 Above: a Last Word humbucker on my bench, showing the unique tooling patterns found on genuine 50s PAF covers. 

I’ve been very lucky over the years to have had the opportunity to examine, measure and sometimes rewind many original PAF humbuckers from that golden 5...

May 18, 2019



Here we have a lovely old (and sadly very dead) Burns Rez-O-Matik pickup from the 60s/70s ... our job is to breathe new life into it.

cover off and you can see why the Rez-O-Matik and several other Burns pickups are so different to practically everything else: firstly...

May 17, 2019

After over a year missing from our pickup lineup ... it's back and it's better than ever!

For those of you who have never encountered this little beast before here's a rundown:

At first sight you might mistakenly take this for a normal humbucker ... it's far more than ju...

May 6, 2019

Another hard day of work fixing up the new Oil City home ... nearly there ... IT not hooked up yet ... but looking more like a workshop!

May 5, 2019

A furious day of assembling benches, levelling benches ... sorting all manner of little niggles ...

Chaos still rules ... but it's becoming more organised chaos!

May 4, 2019

 While everybody else is having May Bank Holiday fun we have been beavering away moving into our larger premises. Chaos rules at the moment ... but we are getting there! 

April 27, 2019

 This doesn't look much at the moment, but soon it will be new and much larger home for Oil City pickups.

During the last seven years we have developed a world wide following for our products, and indeed, export all over the world.; all from a tiny 10x7 foot works...

December 6, 2018

Hello chaps ... time for my grand christmas sale ... spreading a bit of good cheer and all that.

This year it's on my Masterwound series only, but is a healthy 20%.
The rules are the same as previous years: order within the sale period for delivery by the end of Janua...

December 4, 2018

A look at the process that happens in designing brand new pickups: here our popular Blackbird humbuckers are being re-designed to fit into active mount 'soap bar' covers. What you see here are bobbins and baseplate prototypes cut from thin MDF to check the fit before p...

July 24, 2018

Here's one for our bass playing customers:

Starting out as a 'proof of concept' idea for one of our customers ... this is a 51 style P Bass pickup with a difference - it reproduces much of the growling mid range punch and guitar like clang that we associate with another...

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