Quick progress update. Here are the first three guitars from the Blackguard series – 6 guitars crafted from 30yr old pine. A jazzmaster style with custom handwound H-cover humbuckers, a Standard telecaster and a Tele Custom style, both with sets of my handwound pickups.
Win a set of handwound Classic Alnico 5 Humbuckers.
I’m giving away a set of my handwound pickups to one luck person who’s joined The Creamery Facebook page that I’ve created. I’m planning to launch my new guitar, effects pedals & pickup store in April and once that is up and running, the first name pulled from the hat will win the pickups, regardless of where they are in the world.
Not the best looking guitar in town due to the three pickup configuration and cream P90 covers (which I’m changing to black) but the sounds you can coax from this guitar are just sweet. The heavier gauge strings, coupled with a one piece heavy mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard and fatter sounding P90 pickups rather than tele/strat types give this guitar a real warmth.
A vintage sound, rich and full of warmth with great harmonics. A real creamier sound when overdriven. Chrome plated nicker cover & vintage braided hookup wire.
Just a quick post – Here’s a closeup pic of the headstock design. After playing around with more a few more sharper versions I finally settled on this curved variation on the traditional format.
Each headstock will have the logo, guitar name, serial number and the date on which each guitar was crafted.
Humbucker Tech. Specs. Magnets: Alnico 5 Coil Wire: 43AWG Plain Enamel Lead Wire: Vintage Braided Neck Approx. Winds: Pole 4200 / Screw 4915 Neck Output: 6.7k Bridge Approx. Winds: Pole 3718 / Screw 3412 Neck Output: 8.0k Balanced mids, snappy lows and a top-end with room to breath. The Alnico magnet is brighter sounding than […]
Named after a comment I overheard whilst climbing off the train at Manchester Piccadilly station, as a group of guys climbed on, eager to get back home south.
A tele take on the Les Paul Junior. Whilst waiting for a batch of parts to arrive so I could wind the single P90 needed, the guitar was wired up with an old Gibson P90 I had lying around. Eager to hear a P90 in the bridge position the old Gibson pickup was only ever meant to be temporary measure, especially as this was a neck pickup, the pole spacing too narrow for the wider telecaster bridge.
Just got the promo cards back from the printers. It’s all coming together. Recoded most of the soundfiles for both guitars & pickups. Just got to finish off the final versions of the Fuzz and tremolo pedals, record the tones and get them on the site. Completion of the online store is the priority then its time to roll up my sleeves and get back to work – those pickups don’t wind themselves.
Taking inspiration from the phrase, “The Telecaster: The Plank That Made Good” please be upstanding for Guitar 007 – Blackguard Three. The dry pine was such good wood, with such great tonal characteristics I couldn’t let any go to waste – hence ‘The Plank’ , or the nickname that seems to have stuck, ‘The Mutt’. The obvious choice of guitar to build with these offcuts was a Telecaster style. It just seemed the right thing to do. So here it is in all its ragged glory – Blackguard Three: A telecaster style guitar with handwound pickups and the bite & twang you’d expect.
Handcrafted Fenruary 2010.