“Black Sand” humbucker size P90

A big thanks to Brett Kingman in Aussie for his demo of Mr Glyns “Black Sand” humbucker size P90. I love his relaxed approach while giving us a thorough listen to what these pickups can do. The humbucker sized P90 is a great pickup – it sits tonally between a humbucker and and a stratContinue reading ““Black Sand” humbucker size P90″

“Sassy” P90

Single – “Sassy” P90 NZ$189 for NZ customers, if you’re overseas it’s GST free; NZ$164.35 Pair – “Sassy” P90 NZ$369 for NZ customers, if you’re overseas they’re GST free; NZ$320.87 Alnico V, Neck- 6.7 KOhms, 4.42H, Bridge 7.55 KOhms, 5.23H The Mr Glyn’s “Sassy” P90 is a pickup set influenced by the Gibson P90’s of the lateContinue reading ““Sassy” P90″

Gibson T-Top repair

I’ve been repairing a few broken old pickups recently so thought I’d share some pictures and thoughts on this classic old Gibson T-Top. The T-Top is a fairly common pickup on my workbench. Not because there’s and common fault with them but simply there were so many made and they’re all getting quite old now.Continue reading “Gibson T-Top repair”

“Tui” hot Strat pickups getting a workout

Thanks to https://www.thejamunit.com/ for showing us what the “Tui” hot Strat pickups can do. I’ve wound a lot of Strat pickups since I started in 1995. I started off re-winding cheap pickups and then moved on to repairing old dead Fender pickups. Every experiment was written down in a notebook with tone comments. Back whenContinue reading ““Tui” hot Strat pickups getting a workout”

Bellbird vintage Strat pickup set

Another amazing video from Andy Marra using MrGlyn’s “Bellbird” vintage Strat pickup set. The Stratocaster has been around since 1954 and the legend continues. Reading the internet (!?) tells me there have been good and bad years or decades, guitars to avoid and ones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’ve been repairing guitars sinceContinue reading “Bellbird vintage Strat pickup set”

Gold Foil Pickup re-wind

A Gold Foil Pickup is not for everyone or for every situation. They are low powered with no shortage of high end. This Gold Foil Pickup came to me with the coil reading ‘open circuit’ on the meter so it was likely it would need re-winding. It’s a Tokai from the 1960’s You never knowContinue reading “Gold Foil Pickup re-wind”

‘63 Jazzmaster pickup re-wind

I recently had this ‘63 Jazzmaster pickup in for a re-wind and thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about what gives them such a unique sound. What gives a Jazzmaster that smooth, full ring? The simple answer is ‘coil geometry’. As you can see it’s a very thin pickup. That means that less ofContinue reading “‘63 Jazzmaster pickup re-wind”

Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker

I had a 1975 Wide Range’ humbucker in for a rewind the other day and took the chance to take some pictures. I thought I’d explain why these are different from ‘normal’ humbuckers and show you what its innards look like. The main difference is with the magnets. A tradition ‘Gibson ‘ style humbucker hasContinue reading “Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker”

Bellbird Strat Pickups a funky demo

Thanks to Jason Herbert for this Strat Pickups funky demo of my Bellbird Pickups. He used all 5 positions in this 1 minute clip. The Stratocaster has been around since 1954 and the legend continues. Reading the internet (!?) tells me there have been good and bad years or decades, guitars to avoid and onesContinue reading “Bellbird Strat Pickups a funky demo”

Rewind on an old Jansen Pickup

A couple of weeks back I received this faulty old pickup from a Jansen stratphonic hollow bodied bass made in New Zealand. The meter was showing it was ‘open circuit’ so after the usual tests for dry joints and removing the top layer of windings I decided it needed rewinding. I do enjoy saving oldContinue reading “Rewind on an old Jansen Pickup”