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  • There is another Masterwound model again a prototype  ... developed with info from several 50s Gibson examples ... that may well be right up your street ...
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  • strtdvstrtdv Frets: 1100
    edited December 2015
    Already PM'd @TheGuitarWeasel, but wanted to post how happy I am with my Oil City HB sized P90s and 50's wiring loom.

    I got them fitted in my SG yesterday and have hardly stopped playing it since.

    Completely transformed the guitar, and has all the bite you'd want in the bridge with a lovely rounded tone from the neck pickup without being woolly (which IMO the 57 classics were).

    The 50's wiring is great, the volume controls are actually usable now.


    It's worth noting if you're fitting the wiring loom to an SG that there's not much space in the control cavity, and the nice PIO caps Ash uses have a conductive casing, so if you've shielded your cavity with copper foil (as I have), then if either of the caps touch it you'll have a short and have a very low volume muffled sound with no treble.
    It had me scratching my head for 5 minutes but was an easy fix.
    Robot Lords of Tokyo, SMILE TASTE KITTENS!
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  • Yeah, I had problems fitting in the PIOs in my own SG ... the slightly thinner than standard body on the 'Tribute' makes things rather tight!
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  • Just a wee note to compliment @TheGuitarWeasel on the FortyNiner pickup I've just installed into my Esquire build. It's awesome & a vast improvement on its predecessor- it's got that classic tele twang when you want but is beefy & full too. Thanks!
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  • rashrash Frets: 38
    edited February 2016
    Have just ordered a Scrapyard dog and a forces sweetheart for my esp Potbelly tr, looking forward to trying them :)

    Also i need to replace the mini humbuckers in my les Paul Deluxe at some point in the near future ;)
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  • metalemetale Frets: 47
    Hi Ash.

    Just curious, any plans to expand the extended range uh.... range to single coils?

    I may have use in the future for an eight string strat-style single coil with flat poles for a HSH setup (Tosin Abasi, anyone? :) )

    Cheers
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  • Yep ... now we have the industrial laser cutter the flatwork for extended range single coils will be easy for us to manufacture
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 415
    Hi Ash, What's with the 'Diesel' tapped P90s? You've got these down as "Special Order, ask for details" on the web site with not much in the way of description.

    Will these be (or are they) "Hotter" P90s which tap down to "vintage" output or something different altogether?

    I'm pondering replacements for the pickups in a PRS SE singlecut Soapbar, and while I really, really like the snarl of (say) an early '60s SG Junior/Special the idea of something which can get even raunchier kind of appeals...
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • JayGee said:
    Hi Ash, What's with the 'Diesel' tapped P90s? You've got these down as "Special Order, ask for details" on the web site with not much in the way of description.

    Will these be (or are they) "Hotter" P90s which tap down to "vintage" output or something different altogether?

    I'm pondering replacements for the pickups in a PRS SE singlecut Soapbar, and while I really, really like the snarl of (say) an early '60s SG Junior/Special the idea of something which can get even raunchier kind of appeals...
    Exactly that ... vintage with a hotter option
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 415
    JayGee said:
    Hi Ash, What's with the 'Diesel' tapped P90s? You've got these down as "Special Order, ask for details" on the web site with not much in the way of description.

    Will these be (or are they) "Hotter" P90s which tap down to "vintage" output or something different altogether?

    I'm pondering replacements for the pickups in a PRS SE singlecut Soapbar, and while I really, really like the snarl of (say) an early '60s SG Junior/Special the idea of something which can get even raunchier kind of appeals...
    Exactly that ... vintage with a hotter option
    Mwahahahahahaha....!

    Expect an order once I've put sufficient gig money into Mrs JayGee's holiday fund. :-)
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 352
    Hey Ash, did you ever prototype a rail humbucker?
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 7863
    Elwood said:
    Hey Ash, did you ever prototype a rail humbucker?
    Like this?

    http://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/havoc.html
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  • Elwood said:
    Hey Ash, did you ever prototype a rail humbucker?
    I also make SC sized rail humbuckers to special order.
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 352
    edited April 2017
    Thanks @TheGuitarWeasel ; - your right I was referring to the single coil sized ones. 

    Do you have a standard spec (output, magnets & wiring type) for SC rails or are there options?
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  • algroves1algroves1 Frets: 14
    Hey Ash,

    I'm looking for a pair of humbuckers for a Les Paul Std, to replace Burstbucker Pro's.  Generally find the BB Pro's to be a bit muddy, not very dynamic and not particularly musical.

    Which of your pickups would you recommend I look at?  I've never played anything else resembling a PAF (that I'm aware of) so not sure what I should be looking at, but generally just want a really musical sounding Les Paul, that cleans up well and has plenty of touch sensitivity and harmonics.  Generally into Billy Gibbons, Derek Trucks, Bonamassa type sounds. 

    Cheers!

    Al
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  • algroves1 said:
    Hey Ash,

    I'm looking for a pair of humbuckers for a Les Paul Std, to replace Burstbucker Pro's.  Generally find the BB Pro's to be a bit muddy, not very dynamic and not particularly musical.

    Which of your pickups would you recommend I look at?  I've never played anything else resembling a PAF (that I'm aware of) so not sure what I should be looking at, but generally just want a really musical sounding Les Paul, that cleans up well and has plenty of touch sensitivity and harmonics.  Generally into Billy Gibbons, Derek Trucks, Bonamassa type sounds. 

    Cheers!

    Al

    I would probably go for either my Forces Sweetheart from my 'Standard' range or the Bean-O from my Masterwound range. Both are alnico 4 so are a little brighter but still with plenty of 'sing' in the mids.
    If you want more mid 'push' then go alnico 2 (at the slight expense of bass 'snap') ... my Blitz Spirits or Masterwound Tubesnakes.
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  • lysanderlysander Frets: 44
    Just wanted to thank Ash for the set of 2x Nightfighter alnico 2 customs + StoneTone that he suggested for my Vigier Excalibur : it's instantly gone from a guitar that I was begrudgingly keeping for sentimental value as I didn't like the sound, to being my favourite one by some margin. Amazing pickups with just the right balance of vintage tone and modern precision.
    Delivery was also incredibly quick and the price very reasonable.
    I know where I'll be buying all my pickups from in the future.
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  • lysander said:
    Just wanted to thank Ash for the set of 2x Nightfighter alnico 2 customs + StoneTone that he suggested for my Vigier Excalibur : it's instantly gone from a guitar that I was begrudgingly keeping for sentimental value as I didn't like the sound, to being my favourite one by some margin. Amazing pickups with just the right balance of vintage tone and modern precision.
    Delivery was also incredibly quick and the price very reasonable.
    I know where I'll be buying all my pickups from in the future.
    Thank you fellah, complete pleasure doing business with you. Big soft spot for Vigiers me :-)
    The Nightfighter Alnico 2 Customs have taken off in a big way in the very short time I've been making them ... seems they mix old and new in a good way to lots of folks ears.
    I'm not releasing a lot of new designs at the moment, though I have quite a few in the production queue, but I saw a gap in the market and popped the NFA2C in to see what happened ...
    Enjoy :-) 
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  • ive just got a pair of winteriser 2s for my heatley - cant wait to hear them! thanx ash
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  • PonchoGregPonchoGreg Frets: 37
    edited April 2017
    Installed a pair of Forces Sweetheart (unpotted) in my SG over the weekend. Insanely clear and touch-sensitive, great definition, clean up real well with volume pot changes as well.

    The neck pickup blew me away - that was the main reason why I wanted to replace the 57 Classics as the neck one felt a bit lifeless. The Forces Sweetheart just nails that lovely flute-like articulation when playing past the 15th fret on the SG, just delicious.

    To be honest I was a bit surprised by the bridge: to my ears it's really clear and cutting, perhaps lacking a bit of oomph in the SG for fat blues rock but conversely making it fabulous for classic hard-rock/hair metal tones. Didn't see that coming!

    All in all very pleased. Quality, price, service - all great. Thanks Ash!
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  • DefaultMDefaultM Frets: 1646
    I had the Forces Sweethearts and loved them. Foolishly ordered them in black when really I wanted gold so sold them. Replaced them with some gold nightfighters and they're great too.
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  • lysanderlysander Frets: 44
    Ash, can the BrassKnuckle be direct mounted to the body, and if so does it require a special routing template ?
    And what does it sound like in neck position ?  I have a "super-tele" project, and I'm pretty much set on the brass knuckle for the bridge but not sure about the neck pickup yet.
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1509
    lysander said:
    Ash, can the BrassKnuckle be direct mounted to the body, and if so does it require a special routing template ?
    And what does it sound like in neck position ?  I have a "super-tele" project, and I'm pretty much set on the brass knuckle for the bridge but not sure about the neck pickup yet.
    Winterizer in the neck. 

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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 352
    Broadly speaking, what is the effect of putting a cover on a Humbucker?
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 352
    Elwood said:
    Broadly speaking, what is the effect of putting a cover on a Humbucker?
    Anyone know?
    Thanks
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  • AlegreeAlegree Frets: 295
    Elwood said:
    Elwood said:
    Broadly speaking, what is the effect of putting a cover on a Humbucker?
    Anyone know?
    Thanks
    A little bit less treble. Or a lot if it's brass.
    Alegree pickups & guitar supplies - www.alegree.co.uk
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12303
    Makes it shinier too.
    Never forget that you are wearing your invisible tiara.
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  • Alegree said:
    Elwood said:
    Elwood said:
    Broadly speaking, what is the effect of putting a cover on a Humbucker?
    Anyone know?
    Thanks
    A little bit less treble. Or a lot if it's brass.
    absolutely spot on ... sorry I've not been commenting ... been away at my daughter's wedding :-)
    Professional pickup winder, horse-testpilot and recovering Chocolate Hobnob addict.
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1509
     absolutely spot on ... sorry I've not been commenting ... been away at my daughter's wedding :-)
    Congratulations Ash for your daughters big day.  
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  •  absolutely spot on ... sorry I've not been commenting ... been away at my daughter's wedding :-)
    Congratulations Ash for your daughters big day.  
    It's been a manic time ... my son was married just over two weeks ago, and my daughter on Saturday ... both on the Isle of Wight where I come from originally. Two trips of 130 miles plus the dead boring ferry trips ... and on Saturday the festival fraffic to contend with. 
    Glad to get back and get on with my job lol.
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