The Oil City Masterwound BlackTrack is a very long way from most conventional humbucker designs: Owing perhaps more in concept to the Gibson Firebird pickup of the 1960s it takes the directness and dynamic punch of that design, with one bar magnet per coil pointed directly at the strings ... and the steel inductor plate linking the twin alnico 5  magnets into what is in effect a powerful horseshoe magnet! Here the similarity to the 60s pickup ends ... where the 60s Firebird pickup was low output and a 'mini' pickup, the BlacTrack is 14k bridge and 11k neck and full humbucker. The BlackTrack has many of the caracteristics of a powerful single coil pickup: string defined and articulate, cutting and punchy - and adds to this the power and noiseless qualities of a humbucker. Should you want to go full out and split a BlackTrack for a full on single coil tone ... you won't be disappointed either. 


availiable in 7 and eight string, slanted and streight configurations


Oil City ‘Masterwound’ range

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 Masterwound pickup is hand made, serial numbered and signed, by me alone’.

~ Ash

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

Gibson and Firebird are regestered trademarks


  • We wind pickups to order, please allow up to 21 days for build and dispatch.