August 23, 2016

A telecaster came in for some much needed renovation this past week, included in the upgrade package were some Steel Twin pickups. These are dual coil pickups meaning they can be tapped via a push/pull, allowing switching between vintage twang and more driven tones, pretty damn versatile.

I've taken...

July 2, 2016

Alnico IV magnets as found in this set tend to tame a little of the high end and supplement the mid-range that can go missing with some of the more common Alnico V offerings. These are also wound a little hotter than vintage style coils, so while they still have that tele twang there's a lot of warm...

June 5, 2016

My trusty Ibanez has had many pickups in it, acting as a test bed for sets that have gone on to be used elsewhere, including Bare Knuckles, DiMarzios, and Seymour Duncans. However, I keep coming back to this EMG set, 85 in the bridge, and the 60 in the neck.

The 85 was one of the first active pi...

June 2, 2016

Refurbished a tele with some Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups in it.

They sounded bloody awful with the stock electrics, 250k pots just do not work with these pickups. I didn’t want to go all the way to 500k and risk introducing any brittleness, so I tested my pots looking for a couple on the low...

May 3, 2016

Fender’s Custom Shop ’69 pickup set is the benchmark that all other ’60s voiced single coils are measured against. Alnico V magnets, with enamel wire wound to 5.8kΩ (usually they’re closer to 5.4k in reality) provide a snappy attack and woody overtones in spades.

I still prefer Seymour Duncan SSL-1s,...

April 29, 2016

I’ve seen a lot of this thinline telecaster over the past couple of weeks, it’s had a fret level, a new pickguard, internal copper shielding, and all new electrics, including a Blues Engine neck and a Rolling Mill bridge coupled with a push/pull coil split. With six possible pickup selections it’s n...

April 21, 2016

Some thick and juicy single coil action follows:

January 18, 2016

The Classic Player line are superb guitars, comparable to USA standards for a little less money.

 

 

There are two different types, ’50s and the ’60s, the main differences being the maple board, V neck carve and 9.5″ radius on the ’50s vs the rosewood board, C carve and 12″ radius on the ’60s. Apart fr...

December 8, 2015

 A couple of clips demonstrating the available tones from its 63 Veneer Bare Knuckles:

 

  

 

November 23, 2015

Had a set of Fender Tex-Mex pickups imported from the US for about £50, ridiculously good value and I only had to wait a little less than 2 weeks for them. They’re a little rough around the edges, and have a touch too much treble at times but overall you can’t really do any better for this kind of m...

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