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Black Cat Pickups

Handwound Filtertron® Style Pickups - Made in Manchester

After looking at modern variants of the old Filtertron style pickups, and wanting to design my own range of Gibson/Humbucker & Gretsch/Cabronita sized Filtertron® style pickups, I came up with these - introducing the Black Cat - True Specification Filtertron® design pickups.

Custom, Handwound 'Black Cat' Pickups from The Creamery.

Use the tabs below to view the full range of Creamery Handwound Replacement Black Cat Pickups.

For prices, just head straight to the online Creamery Custom Black Cat Pickups Shop.

Black Cat - Custom Handwound Replacement Filtertron® Style Pickups

Both Gibson/PAF Humbucker Size & the slightly narrower Gretsch®/Cabronita 'No Ears' Mount

One of my favourite pickup designs and one I spent a long time perfecting. The bright yet powerful Filtertron® design pickup used in many classic Gretsch guitars in both a standard 'No Ears' mount and a direct drop-in standard Gibson / PAF Humbucker size pickup for a sparkle, growl & attack you only get with the true Filtertron® design.

A reduced number of offset winds on each coil provide a rich, clear, rockabilly tone. The thicker Alnico 5 magnets help keep great attack due to their 1/4" height, boosting the output of the lower windings on each coil to balance great 'boom' & punch, volume & clarity, definition and that attacking brightness unique to this design. A rich, snarly bridge sound with that classic sweet attacking presence in th neck position.

A real spank & twang to these Filtertron® style pickups.

Handwound in my workshop here in Manchester.

Custom, Handwound Gibson/PAF Humbucker Sized or Gretsch®/La Cabronita size true specification Replacement Filtertron® Design Pickups from The Creamery.

Use the tabs below to view the full range of Creamery Handwound Replacement Black Cat Pickups.

For prices, just head straight to the online Creamery Custom Black Cat Pickups Shop.

 

  • Gibson / Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups

    Classic Black Cat


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    Creamery Handwound Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups - Classic Black Cat Pickup

    Magnets Double Thickness (1/4") Alnico 5
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 4.65k
    Neck Output 4.1k

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    Filtertron Style Design in a standard Gibson / Humbucker Size

    Currently, the brightest pickup in the whole Creamery range. The Humbucker sized Filtertron style bridge pickup is Jangly & bright, but designed to break up the amp at gain for a biting attack. My modern interpretation of the old classic Filtertron pickups of yesteryear in a standard humbucker size. 12 Pole screws for individual string balance give you the option to follow your neck radius and define your own tone.

    The Neck pickup has a sweeter voice due to its position but still with the brightness needed from this kind of pickup.

    Creamery Handwound Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups - Classic Black Cat Pickup - Add to Cart - Buy OnlineYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Classic Black Cat Pickups here

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    Gibson / Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups

    Hot Black Cat


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    Creamery Handwound Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups - Hot Black Cat Pickup

    Magnets Double Thickness (1/4") Alnico 5
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 7.3
    Neck Output 6.4k

    Filtertron Style Design in a Gibson Humbucker Size

    A hotter, overwound version of the original Black Cat pickup. Still with the classic bright tone but with an added fatness with more in the mids. A fuller tone, almost humbucker-like but with that twang unique to this design of pickup.

    The neck pickup adds a sweet warmth to the brightness.

    Creamery Handwound Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups - Hot Black Cat Pickup - Add to Cart - Buy OnlineYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Classic Black Cat Pickups here

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  • Filtertron® Style Pickups

    Classic Black Cat - 'No Ears' Mount


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    Creamery Handwound Filtertron Style Pickups - Classic Black Cat Pickup No Ears Mount

    Magnets Double Thickness (1/4") Alnico 5
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 4.65k
    Neck Output 4.1k

    Creamery Classic 'No Ears' Mount Filtertron® Style Pickups

    After looking at modern variants of the old Filtertron® style pickups, and wanting to replicate the original twang & growl of the original '50s versions, I came up with these - introducing the Black Cat 'No Ears' Mount Filtertron® style pickups - True to the original specifications for that brighter, attacking rock, rockabilly & blues sound.

    A reduced number of offset winds on each coil provide the extra brightness. The much thicker Alnico 5 magnet helps keep the attack but being stronger due to their 1/4" height, the magnet boosts the output of the lower windings on each coil to give great volume & brightness. A real spank & twang to these Creamery Classic Black Cat Filtertron® stye pickups.

    Currently, the brightest humbucker pickup in the whole Creamery range. The Black Cat bridge pickup is jangly, attacking, powerful & bright, designed to break up the amp at gain for good bite. 12 Pole screws for dialling in individual string balance give you the option to follow your neck radius and define your own sound. 

    The Black Cat Neck pickup has a sweeter voice due to its position but still with the attack & brightness you'd expect from the classic Filtertron® design.

    Black Cat Filtertron® Style Pickup - 'No Ears' Mount - Direct Drop-In Replacement

    These are a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 'No Ears' mount Gretsch & Cabronita pickups.

    Currently available with chrome covers included with the option of choice of wax potted or not potted.

    Creamery Handwound Filtertron Style Pickups - Classic Black Cat Pickup No Ears Mount - Add to Cart - Buy OnlineYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Classic Black Cat Pickups here

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  • Reviews of my Handwound Gibson / Humbucker Sized, Filtertron Style Pickups

     

    Hi J, Received the pickups yesterday and just got them installed ... exactly what I hoped for! Just perfect for my custom-made 335 guitar.
    Anssi Hautamäki
    ...sounds brilliant, clear as day, lovely & hollow with all the low end I could desire. Very chimey like the Byrds
    Simon D Holmes
    I have just gone from having a good guitar to having a tonemonster! The Swing-O’s have transformed my Gretsch 5120. The clarity and sweetness of the top end are fantastic. I’m having huge fun just using volume changes and finger dynamics to get different amounts of drive and attack.

    In a word, they are FANTASTIC. I've upgraded humbuckers and single coils before, but I've never had pups make this much dfference before. I now have no envy for any of the good sound samples I have heard online, and this guitar now sounds as good as the filtertron-equipped Gretschs I've played and heard in person. I was a bit nervous departing from the tried and true, but the "Swing-Os" have exceeded my best expectations. And my Fender Twin has never sounded as good as in this combination.

    Hats off to Mr Jaime Campbell at The Creamery. When I finally get around to playing my other guitars again, I will be looking at his other pickups to make them sing, too.

    These sound fantastic! They've brought this guitar to life. I've always loved the playability of this guitar, but like others, felt the Gretschbuckers lacked character and tonal crispness. The new filtertron-style "Swing-Os" have surpassed my expectations.
    Zane Holton
    I was looking for some cool new pickups for my guitar and I ended with buying The Creamery’s Swing-O’s, awsome filtertron styled pickups, with the retro “H” cover you expect from this kind of toy, but with a tone that goes further my expectations! These pickups has all the brightness I wanted, a wonderful Setzer-ish twang that turns my 335-styled semi-hollow in a perfect machine for rockabilly, surf, country and all those cool retro “Pulp” tunes that I love. But the good news is that the bottom end of your sound is still there, you finally don’t have to sacrifice the body of your sound to have all that awsome sparkle! But that’s more, just a little turn on your tone knob, and here’s a classic humbucker sound for your rock-blues riffs and licks, but I use them wonderfully even in jazz tunes, giving me a little more attack to get through the mix than standard jazz-boxes, thing that I really appreciate. Yeah, you read it right, no compromises from now on! Anyway, just to dispel any doubt, I wasn’t given any money or something for what you read :D I really like these pickups (actually I payed for those! they have reasonable prices btw, take a look) and Jaime is a really nice guy!
    Eva's Gang
    Great sounding pickup! Thank you.
    halobrace from ebay
     

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