Black Cat - Custom Handwound Humbucker Sized, Filtertron Style Pickups
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 a direct drop-in standard Gibson / humbucker size pickup for a sparkle & 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, honky bridge sound with that classic presence in th neck position.
A real spank & twang to these Gibson / Humbucker sized Filtertrons. The custom F'tron or rounded corner H-gate chrome covers give that real 'retro' look.
Handwound in my workshop here in Manchester.
PLEASE NOTE: The Creamery Black Cat is a standard humbucker size pickup. It is not meant to be a direct replacement for vintage or reproduction Filter'Tron® style pickups, more a version true to the original sound & design that fits a standard Gibson PAF Humbucker size.
Available in Chrome F'Tron style covers or Chrome / Gold H-Covers.
Custom Gibson / PAF / Humbucker Sized 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.
Use the tabs below to view the full range of Creamery Humbucker Sized Filtertron Style Pickups
Classic Black Cat
Magnets Double Thickness (1/4") Alnico 5 Coil Wire 42AWG Lead Wire Vintage Braided Bridge Output 4.65k Neck Output 4.1k
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.
Hot Black Cat
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.
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.
...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.
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!
Great sounding pickup! Thank you.
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