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 famous bass brand that evolved in the sixties. We are at the moment developing variants to be direct replacements for J Bass style instruments and others!
Get into a jam session with this single coil in humbucker size! Capturing the jangly, cutting tones of the sixties and seventies this pickup can dish up new wave, punk and pop tones in bucket loads. From the 'Fab Four' to power punk this can deliver bite all around the world.
In early 1965 Leo Fender sold his company to CBS ... and we all know both the legend of pre CBS quality, and post CBS cost cutting. Well here is a prime example of a pre CBS Fender pickup. A 1964 Jaguar bridge unit. Sadly this one has died and has come to us for a rewind ... but we get useful insights from it's construction ... and it will live again! Here you can see clearly the unusual magnet stagger, and the famous 'claw' designed to both shield, and boost the pickup's ind
Most of what I do all day is make new pickups ... Oil City Oil City Masterwound ... but sometimes something cool and old comes in to be restored ... and I like to share This is a lovely old pickup made for Hofner between 1955 and 1957. Sadly, it had suffered major damp damage, was full of corrosion and dead as a dodo! The coil in this sort of pickup is an 'air coil' wound without a bobbin ... originally on a wire basket affair in a lathe chuck. After winding the coil was tied
There are a lot of humbucker sized P90s on the market, some good and some not so good. Our HB90 series, the Mighty Ninety and it's sister pickups, have gained an impressive reputation as being among the very few HB sized P90s that actually sound exactly like a full size P90. This is because under the skin they are a full sized P90. They are wound with the same number of wire turns and the same gauge as a full size 'soapbar' or 'dog ear' P90, on custom bobbins that we laser cu