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Signature Pickups

Vintage, Modern & Replacement Custom Designs

I do make a lot of purely custom designs fro guitarists & other luthiers and over the last few years I've become known for a good number of these designs. Its with this in mind that I decided to create a page to simply showcase these, as a place to look straight away for those players looking for something a little different, searching for a different sound.

All these designs are direct drop-in replacements and I often modify the specifications a little to suit the wood, amps and style of play.

have a look through and let me know what you think, and get in touch if you're after something a little different.

Creamery Custom Handwound Pickups - Signature Range

Looking for something different - All the custom, unique & offbeat pickup designs, now on one page.

Total Guitar Best Buy 5 star review of Creamery Wide Range Humbuckers

Over the past few years I've become known for a certain few pickups designs, some unique, some detailed replicas of classic pickups from past eras and really, it was after a number of suggestions I decided to created this page as a simple way to showcase them for those who wanted to go straight to 'something a little different'.

All these designs are made using many custom manufactured parts. All the profits the business makes go straight back into R&D plus manufacturing of custom designed parts, from magnets & bobbins to covers & baseplates. I try to use as few off-the-shelf parts as possible not for any snobbish reasons, simply to be able to be in control of how each separate element affects the sound.

Take a look through the signature range and let me know what you think. I make a lot of one-off custom pickups as well so if there's a design you've been thinking of, get in touch and perhaps we can work on it.

Handwound in my workshop here in Manchester.

You can read the Total Guitar 5 Star/Best Buy review of my Creamery Wide Range Tele Humbucker Pickups here

Use the tabs below to view the full range of Creamery Handwound Signature Pickups

Humbuckers

Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbucker

Classic '71 Wide Range Humbucker


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Creamery Custom Handwound Wide Range / Thinline Tele Humbucker Replacement Pickups - Classic '71

Magnets Threaded Pole or Optional Alnico 2
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 10.7k
Neck Output 9.8k

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The vintage Wide Range Humbucker sound in a Direct Drop-in Replacement

A true replacement for the modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker reissue pickups. Classic fat 'Doubled Up' single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness. Custom-made nickel-silver baseplate, internal ferrous reflector plate, large size handmade bobbins with medium scatterwound coils of the correct size 42AWG - The Creamery Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker is a direct replacement for those modern reissues.

Full Threaded Magnet Options

My vintage take on the original pickups have either 12 threaded magnets or a combination of 6 threaded magnets and 6 x hidden Alnico 2 rod magnets. With the threaded & Alnico 2 rod magnets together the tone is ever so rounder, warmer with a few less highs - Great if you want to take a little 'spank' out of the bridge position.

Calibrated/Balanced Output & Better Pole spacing for Bridge & Neck position

Unlike the originals & reissues, I’ve made the Classic ’71 Wide Range Humbuckers with 53mm Bridge pole spacing & 50mm pole spacing for better string definition in the neck position so the threaded magnets actually line up with the strings. It means I've had to custom manufacture separate covers for the bridge & neck position to reflect the pole spacing but I do think its worth it. To my knowledge, I'm the only one doing this at the moment - Although the original Wide Range Humbuckers are one of my favourite vintage pickups, I've always been disappointed that the neck pole spacing was the same as the bridge despite the strings having a naturally narrower spacing here

I’ve also lowered the neck output a little to give a calibrated set with much better volume balance between bridge & neck pickup as you switch through the positions, with less 'boom' at the neck.

I don't use 'off the shelf' parts for my Wide Range Humbuckers, all my parts are custom manufactured to my own specifications and I also don't use standard Gibson/Humbucker sized bobbins under the cover and thinner 43AWG wire to achieve the desired output reading. I make my own full-size bobbins, handwound with thicker 42AWG coil wire for that classic sparkle and clear, defined Wide Range Tone - Click on the video icons above to see/hear them in action.

PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern reissue & original Wide Range Humbuckers.

Available in Nickel or Chrome covers, Aged Nickel, Aged Chrome & the slightly more Yellowish Bare Nickel that I've had custom made with a slightly higher copper content for more of an 'Aged Gold' look. They also come with the correct, shorter mounting screws to make sure they fit into your guitar.

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Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbucker

Baby '71 - Standard Gibson/PAF Humbucker Sized


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Creamery Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Replacement Pickups - Baby 71 standard Humbucker sized

Magnets Individual Threaded Magnets
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 8.7k
Neck Output 7.6k

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The Wide Range sound in a standard/regular Gibson PAF style Humbucker size

Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright chime & warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness, these Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker style pickups are a great if you're looking for something more to replace a standard humbucker.

Slightly brighter with a tighter bass response that my full-size Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker repros due to the slightly narrower coil and lower output.

Available with either Vintage Braided or 4-Way wiring, the cover options are Chrome, Chrome H-Cover, Black, White, Cream or uncovered with black, zebra or B&W bobbins. You can also purchase the pickup with a Gold cover though please remember that the magnets will remain the same colour.

PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in to fit a standard humbucker size cavity/scratchplate.

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Creamery Custom Humbucker Pickups

Custom '13


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Creamery Custom '13 Dirty Northern - Humbucker Pickup

Magnets Trio of Custom Made Magnets. Alnico 2 or 5 Bar & Alnico 5 Threaded Rods
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-way
Bridge Output 8.4k
Neck Output 7.4k

Custom Designed Bridge/Neck Pickups

Direct drop-in replacements for standard Humbuckers - Fatter, crunchier, edgier replacement Humbucker.

Custom Designed with Bernard Sumner of Joy Division / New Order

Three types of custom magnets for crunchy, crisp, clear & defined lower strings - sweeter, creamier, milkier higher strings for a richer sound. Custom designed with Bernard Sumner of Joy Division / New Order.

We worked on the design of this pickup together when he wanted something edgier from the Gibson LP Jnr Double Cutaway he picked up. He has a number of vintage guitars (and old Vox amps) but wanted something different for the new live dates and recording. We spent time playing his old original Gibson ES 330 that just sounded perfect, just a really sweet yet gritty sound that really snarled when pushed. It has Dogear P90s but they just had something more than the standard P90 sound but the two issues he had where, it had just been too precious to take out on tour for a number of years and with it having single coil P90s, it hummed, both live and in the studio with all the synths & equipment. In comparison, his Gibson SG and the early 90s LP Jnr he picked up just sounded a little sterile in comparison.

Clearer, more defined E, A & D strings - Creamier, Warmer G, B & E strings

So the task was not to recreate the sound of the ES 330 but take its characteristics and make a similar Dogear P90 size pickup to fit the new LP Jnr that kept the colour and edge to the sound but with clearer, more defined and ‘punkier' lower E, A & D strings whilst somehow being warmer, creamier & milkier on the higher G, B & E strings. So rather than try and make some kind of hum-cancelling P90 we decided to just start again from scratch and make a new design of pickup to balance these two ideas, clearer, more defined & crunchier E, A & D strings whilst somehow being able to roll off the treble slightly on the higher G, B & E strings for less of a single coil sound and more towards the richer, fuller humbucker sound. To get the crisper, crunchier lower notes in a humbucker often means less coil and a lower output which can give the higher strings more treble - the task was to reconcile these two ideas, clear, crunchier lower strings with warmer highs with a higher output to push the amp a little more.

This is where the unique design came about after a few different prototypes - Individual sets of custom made & sized threaded rod magnets of opposing polarity and different strengths underneath the lower E, A & D strings with a double pole humbucker design underneath the G, B & E strings, again with custom made magnets hidden away underneath the offset coils for these strings. Outputwise, we wanted it to really push his naturally brighter vintage VOX AC30 amps for a really attacking, edgier sound.

Road Testing on Tour

He took the final prototype out on tour and chose to showcase the new design live onstage as they played their first new material in years at the Lollapalooza festival (I was streaming it live)

After the gigs, and with the pickup performing well onstage he asked me to make a bridge & neck humbucker sized set to the same spec for his ’62 SG - These are the same ones.

He took these back out on the road and gave them a good road test on the short US tour later that month and his final review was, "Back home now and gave the pickups a good trial on tour. Verdict fantastic! Improved both my guitars. The humbuckers have bags of tone and character! The old Gibson ones sound cold and neutral in comparison. Totally pleased. You’ve sure done something right and well impressed the band, me and the crew! I’ve been bigging you up to everyone!"

A great replacement humbucker for a standard P90 Dogear Bridge and if you'd like a fatter, crunchier style replacement hum-cancelling pickup for your Les Paul Jnr Guitar.

Magnet Options

The magnets under the lower E, A & D strings are custom sized, custom made threaded Alnico 5 whereas the lower G, B & E strings can have either Alnico 2 or the stronger Alnico 5 - Alnico 2, being a little weaker 'holds' the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate a little more, adding a little more warmth to the overall sound whereas Alnico 5, being that bit stronger, 'holds' the strings a little more for a little brighter attack & focus.

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Humbucker Sized, Single Coil Voiced Pickups

Classic Domino 'Split-Coil'


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Creamery Handwound Single Coil Voiced Humbucker Pickups - Classic Domino Split-Coil Pickup

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 8.3k
Neck Output 7.4k

Hum Cancelling, Single Coil Tone Pickups in a Standard Humbucker Size

Based on the old Wide Range Humbucker trick where the 6 hidden threaded rod magnets are removed to give a clear, hum-cancelling single-coil tone. The difference with my Domino 'Split-Coil' pickups is that I've designed them in a standard humbucker size, so you can have true hum-cancelling single coil pickups that will fit any standard humbucker equipped guitar and pickup ring.

Creamery Domino 'Split-Coil' Domino Pickups - Magnet Choices

With Alnico 2 magnets the tone is slightly warmer, slightly more resonant whereas with the slightly stronger Alnico 5 the tone is a little brighter, more attacking - both with classic single coil tones in a humbucker size, hum-cancelling pickup. A great pickup if you're after Humbucker Sized single Coil voiced pickups.

Staggered or Flat Pole Magnets

I can stagger the individual Alnico rod magnets to suit your neck radius for better string balance - Just let me know.

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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.

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Creamery Custom Humbucker Pickups

Humbucker Sized Sonic-Six Single Coil


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Creamery Custom Handwound Humbuckers - Creamery Humbucker Sized Single Coil Sonic-Six Pickup

Magnets Threaded Magnets
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth Covered
Bridge Output 9.2k
Neck Output 8.6k

Humbucker Sized Single Coil Pickup

A true single coil pickup in a standard Humbucker size. The Creamery Humbucker Soic-Six pickup for Humucker houses a single, fat 43AWG coil wound around individual threaded Alnico 5 magnets. The Sonic-Six pickup is shaped to fit a standard Humbucker cover & mounting ring with no modifications necessary. Huge, fat single-coil tones still with clarity, presence & a defined voice with the added bonus of being able to adjust the height to suit the radius of your fingerboard. Get true single coil tones in a standard humbucker size. Great fat, rounded clean tones - turn up the gain and let the pickup scream.

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Creamery Custom Humbucker Pickups

12 Pole Humbucker


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Creamery Custom Handwound Humbuckers - 12 Pole Humbucker designed for coil splitting

Magnets Alnico 2, 3 or 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
Bridge Output 12.2k
Neck Output 9.8k

Designed for Coil-Splitting

Great string definition & clarity due to the 12 pole magnets that offer true single coil tones when split.

The coils & Alnico 5 magnets give this humbucker a rich, biting attack, the 43awg wire warms the sound ever so slightly while giving a higher output, enabling a great split single coil tone.

NOTE: I can stagger the magnets to follow your neck radius. Just let me know whether you have a 7.25", 9.5", 12" etc etc neck radius and I'll stagger the magnets accordingly. This way you can keep a good action on your setup.

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Creamery Custom Humbucker Pickups

Double-Track Humbucker


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Creamery Custom Handwound Humbuckers - Double Track Blade Rail Humbucker

Magnets Alnico 2,3,4,5 or Alnico 8
Coil Wire 42AWG or 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
Bridge Output (See Options Below)
Neck Output (See Options Below)

Fully Custom Handwound Humbucker

Here it is, the totally custom blade humbucker from The Creamery. You chose the magnets & the output for a pickup or set unique for your sound. Blade pickups are great for string bending as, unlike polepiece pickups, there's no audio drop off when pushing/pulling the string. They also have a slightlier smoother, rounder tone as the string is always over the magnetised rail, great for clarity & definition.

Choose from my:

  • Hollow-Body Humbucker output: 7.3k Bridge, 6.4k Neck
  • '57 Humbucker output: 7.8k Bridge, 7.0k Neck
  • '59 Humbucker outout: 8.3k Bridge, 7.3k Neck
  • Dirty Shirt Humbucker outout: 13.6k Bridge, 9.7k Neck
  • Double Six Humbucker output: 14.5k Bridge, 11.7k Neck
  • or your own choice of output: x.xk Bridge, x.xk Neck

Also, with a complete choice of magnets ranging from Alnico 2, through Alnico 3, 4, 5 up to Alnico 8 you can truly have a custom blade humbucker pickup. There's also an option to have a trio of Alnico 5 & Alnico 8 magnets for a truly powerful, attacking pickup especially designed for high gain playing.

Available naked or with chrome or gold H-Covers & closed covers for a classic look, the Creamery Double Track Humbucker gives you the opportunity to have a truly customised hand-wound pickup or set for your guitar. Have a read through the reviews to see what people are saying about my work.

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Strat

Overwound Stratocaster Pickups

'Extra Width'


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Creamery Custom Handwound Extra Width Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Alnico 2
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 6.8k
Middle Output 6.3k
Neck Output 6.1k

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A Warmer, slightly higher output Strat Pickup

A flat-pole hotter-wound Stratocaster pickup for a fatter twist on the classic Strat tone. Still with snappy highs, a fatter mid-range with rounded bass. Scatter wound with wax potted coils and flat Alnico 2 magnets. Higher output. Vintage style cloth covered lead wire.

A great Stratocaster pickup if you want to balance the early '60s strat tone with a more blusier feel.

The Bridge pickup has individual copper baseplates under each pole to slightly shift the resonances toward the lows which combined with the hotter wind, helps to create a warmer bridge tone.

The Middle Strat Pickup can be RWRP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

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Custom Stratocaster Pickups

Sonic '60


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Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic '60 Strat Sized Tri-Sonic Design Pickups

Magnets Alnico 2, 5 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 7.0k
Middle Output 6.6k
Neck Output 6.3k

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Rich Strat Tones

With handwound coils pressed around the custom magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, my new Creamery Sonic '60 Strat replacement pickups give that richer, musical sound synonimous with the old classic Burns Tri-Sonic® design.

Geometry dictates they won't sound identical to the old 60s classics as the pickups are smaller (standard Strat size) and I use my custom made thinner magnets inside the pressed coil, but they do have the richer tone you'd expect.

Strat Sized - Designed to fit a standard Strat guitar with no modifications needed

Unlike the larger originals, my Sonic '60 pickups have been designed to fit a standard scratchplate & body cavity but with outputs of 7k, 6.6k & 6.3k respectively - created to balance the old vintage sounds with a modern spin they have a richer, warmer, more rounded, musical tone than a standard Strat pickup set.

With a choice of magnets, you can choose to have a warmer or brighter version. Alnico 2 'holds' the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate a little more freely giving a perceived slightly warmer, more resonant tone.

Ceramic, being stronger, holds the strings a little more giving a slightly more attacking, slightly brighter tone.

Alnico 5 offers a slightly brighter tone than Alnico 2 but a little more rounded than the ceramic option.

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Custom Stratocaster Pickups

Sonic-Six Adjustable Pole Strat Pickup


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Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic-Six Adjustable Pole Strat Pickup

Magnets Adjustable Threaded Alnico 5
Coil Wire 41AWG, 42AWG or 43AWG Plain Enamel
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output Skinny 5.3k, Low 5.9k, Medium 6.8k or High 10.6k
Middle Output Skinny 5.1k, Low 5.7k, Medium 6.3k or High 9.7k
Neck Output Skinny 4.8k, Low 5.5k, Medium 6.1k or High 9.2k

Customisable, Adjustable Pole Strat Pickups

Either staggered or flat pole Stratocaster pickup in the same design. Adjust the height of the individual threaded magnets to suit your fingerboard radius & string set with the Sonic-Six Strat Pickup.

Unlike my Strat sized P90 design (Strat-90), the Sonic-Six has six individual threaded magnets to allow you to dial in each string, match your fingerboard radius & string set or simply play with individual heights for tonal variety and versatility. Although they look similar, its a whole different design to my Strat sized P90 pickup. The P90 design has bar magnets underneath the coil with ferrous steel screws threaded through giving a grittier tone. The individual threaded magnets here are akin to the individual rod magnets of a standard Strat, giving that clear, glassy Strat sound.

Customisable Output

Available in either my Skinny 'Scooped Mids' wound with thicker 41AWG coil wire, Low or Medium wound with my 42AWG coil wire or Overwound/Hotter versions wound with my thinner 43AWG wire, I can also make custom versions to suit your own specifications. The Low output is similar to my Classic '69 Strat Pickups, the Medium output is similar to my Extra Width Strat Pickups and the Hotter version is similar to my Alt '88 pickup - the only difference being that the threaded magnets are more like Alnico 5 with good strength, giving great clarity & definition.

Adjusting the Strat Poles

A simple flat headed screwdriver is all that you need, simply adjust the magnet height to suit. Closer to the strings gives you more 'boom' but may encounter string interference whereas further away will give you more warmth & resonance but at the expense of clarity & definition. I also recommend starting off almost a couple of mm away from the underside of the string and then further adjust until you find the sweetspot. Play around with following the radius of your neck/nut/string span.

Available in all the usual Strat cover options. The Middle Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

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Custom Stratocaster Pickups

Strat-90


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Creamery Custom Handwound P90 Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 7.4k
Middle Output 7.2k
Neck Output 7.1k

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A Fatter, Warmer, Grittier Strat Sound

Staggered for Left or Right handed players

With its six adjustable pole pieces and dual magnet design, the new Stratocaster Sized P90 pickup is great if you're after that fat single coil P90 tone. Due to its design of dual bar magnets and pole screws, the tone is warmer & fatter than a standard Strat pickup. In positions 2 & 4 you'll stil get the trademark Strat 'quack' tone, just a fatter, more rounded version. Great for a more blusier style of playing.

As the geometry of the Strat P90 pickup differs from a standard P90 in terms of width of coil, the tone will be a little brighter but still with the warmth and fatter single coil voice you'd expect from a P90 design. I've designed the P90 Strat pickup with custom magnets to let the strings vibrate a little more adding to the warmth in the tone.The adjustable poles allow you to match the your neck radius for better string balance.

I've custom designed the bobbins so the pickups will fit standard Stratocaster pickup covers and the Middle Strat P90 Pickup can be RWRP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

NOTE: I can also custom wind you a pickup or set with higher or lower outputs, just get in touch.

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Custom Stratocaster Pickups

Red '79


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Creamery Custom Handwound Red 79 Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 5.9k
Middle Output 5.7k
Neck Output 5.5k

A brighter, attacking late '70s inspired set

Can be staggered for Left or Right handed players

Inspired by the New Wave/Post Punk era of the late '70s & early '80s, the Red '79 Stratocaster Pickup has that brittle, bright attack associated with much of the music of that era. The lower in output, 42AWG coil wrapped around Custom Alnico 5 magnets gives you that cutting tone great with effects (a little phase, a little chorus ;-). As with the Telecaster Red '79s, I settled on the final designs (after many versions) to create a pickup that has that bright, brittle tone without the ice-pick shrillness of thin, lower wound pickups. To achieve this the coil is wound slightly shorter with a looser scatterwound pattern to achieve the balance I was looking for.

With the staggered magnet the tone is concentrated more around the D & G strings for a spikier attack whereas with the flat pole version the tone is rounded a little more as the tone is spread evenly through all strings.

NOTE: If Red really isn't your thing you can always order it in White or Black vintage String as well (or standard Strat covers) ;-)

The Middle Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

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Custom Stratocaster Pickups

Skinny 'Scooped Mids' Strat Pickup


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Creamery Custom Handwound Scooped Mids Scooped Mid-Range replacement Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 41AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 5.3k
Middle Output 5.1k
Neck Output 4.8k

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Custom Designed Skinny, 'Scooped Mid-Range' Strat Pickups

A custom designed vintage staggered or flat pole Stratocaster pickup with the classic bright Strat tone - tight, snappy with clean highs, a tight bass response and with the added, custom feature of more of the classic Scooped, Hollow & Woody Mid-Range.

There are a couple of different ways to achieve the unique 'Scooped Mids' tone from custom magnet design & stagger to specific winding patterns and I've tried and tested a number of different designs & prototypes to create a unique Scooped sound I was happy with, finally settling on this custom design of thicker 41AWG plain Enamel wire with a custom scatterwound pattern around a custom set of staggered or Flat-Pole Alnico 5 magnets.

The thicker coil wire gives a seemingly low output but don't let that fool you into thinking these pickups don't work as hard as the more classic Strat pickups. Although seemingly much lower in output, they're on a par with my '69s in terms of brightness and output, they just have that added distinction of more glassy, clean, hollow scooped mids-range sound.

Skinny Strat Pickups - Scooped Mid-Range Tones

For me, the sightly thicker 41AWG coil wire helps to emphasise the naturally 'scooped' sound of those late '60s, lower output Strat Pickups whilst keeping the perceived 'volume' or 'loudness' at similar levels. The winding pattern and magnets I use help to stress this even more. I know there a few other people making similar pickups using different designs but for me, and ultimately it is a personal thing, I settled on this final design after much testing and prototyping.

My own take on the Big Dipper 'Scooped Mids' Pickups

Essentially the Fender® Big Dipper Custom Pickups are strong Alnico 5 Lower Output pickups which give you that great hollow tone, I've just tweaked the specifications to emphasise this woody, hollow 'scooped' sound by a different design for a little more unique voicing.

Vintage style cloth covered lead wire, a great pickup to play clean or funk - the tone can be rounded out a little by selecting flat stagger magnets.

NOTE: Due to the nature of Strat Bridge pickups in general, The Skinny 'Scooped Mids' Strat Bridge is a very cutting, bright pickup and I personally like to use one of my Classic '64s instead in this naturally bright bridge position but I do know many do like the more brittle, bright scooped sound here - Its a personal thing really, just thought I'd mention my own preference. If you'd like this bridge option instead, just leave me a note at the checkout stage (or email me) and I'll know to make it a custom order for you.

The Middle Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.

Available in Flat-Pole, Vintage Staggered or Reverse Staggered for Left-Handed Players.

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Telecaster

Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Replacement '72 Custom Telecaster Pickups


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Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement '72 Custom Telecaster Pickups

Magnets Choice of Magnets for Custom set
Coil Wire 42AWG or 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback', Braided or 4-Way
Output Choice of Outputs or Calibrated, Balanced Set
Baseplate & Covers Your Choice

Replacement Pickups & Sets Designed for the '72 Custom Telecaster

*and 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 & reissue Tele Custom Guitars

My Creamery handwound pickups & sets for the 1972 Custom Telecaster (Custom '72 Tele) are direct drop-in replacements. Featuring a choice of handwound Bridge Pickups and my Classic '71 True Design Wide Range Humbuckers, I make them as a custom calibrated set so there's no real sudden volume jump or drop when switching positions.

Calibrated Replacement Tele Custom Pickup Set - Balanced for Volume across the positions

With the original pickups & reissue pickup sets often unbalanced, there can be sudden volume drops & jumps when switching between Bridge & Neck positions. I often make Tele Custom '72 Pickup Sets to offer much more even volume levels for much more even switching.

True Design Wide Range Humbucker for the Neck Position

Unlike the modern reissue pickups, my replacement '72 Tele Custom neck position Wide Range Humbucker is true to the original '70s Seth Lover design with individual threaded magnets and internal ferrous reflector pates using special parts I have had custom made. Such a versatile pickup, it balances the warmth of a humbucker with the clarity & definition of a single-coil. The original design was more of a 'Doubled'Up' single coil rather than a humbucker; you can read about my true replica Classic '71 Wide Range Humbuckers here.

Available with covers in custom yellowed bare nickel, nickel, chrome and my hand-aged chrome or nickel covers, you can order a single neck position here - Neck Position Wide Range Humbucker for a '72 Custom Tele.

Balanced Bridge Position Pickup

With the bridge pickup of the '72 Custom Telecaster & Tele Custom reissue guitars often much lower in output, there can be somewhat of a sudden volume jump when switching through the positions. I often custom make a '72 Tele custom bridge position to counter this and be more balanced volume-wise. Whether it be a variation on my Vintage 1 Nocaster, Vintage 2 Broadcaster, Hot Alnico 5 or Alt-88 Tele Bridge Pickup I make the set calibrated to be more even, whilst still keeping to the characteristics of the classic Tele bridge.

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Modern / Higher Output Telecaster Pickups

Alt '88 Tele - Bridge


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Creamery Custom Handwound Alt 88 Handwound Telecaster Bridge Pickup

Magnets Flat Pole "South Up" - Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 13.6k (perceived volume of 10.8k)
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

A Modern, Much Higher Output Tele Bridge

Inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s this is my overwound take on the vintage Telecaster bridge pickup. The flat Alnico 2 polepieces are slightly warmer sounding than Alnico 5 but with the taller, stronger magnets, I've managed to keep the traditional tele twang and mix this with an aggressive, biting output, great for really driving an amp or running effects.

They've been a real labour of love these pickups and have gone through numerous changes to get them right. A great Tele rhythm or lead pickup if you want more bite and a modern aggressive attack.

Modern / Higher Output Telecaster Pickups

Alt '88 Tele - Neck


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Creamery Custom Handwound Alt 88 Handwound Telecaster Neck Pickup

Magnets "North up" Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Neck Output 8.3k (perceived volume of 6.65k)
Cover Vintage String or Chrome Plated Nickel Silver

A Modern, Much Higher Output Tele Neck

Inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s this is my overwound take on the vintage Telecaster bridge pickup. The flat Alnico 2 polepieces are slightly warmer sounding than Alnico 5 but with the taller, stronger magnets, I've managed to keep the traditional tele twang and mix this with an aggressive, biting output, great for really driving an amp or running effects.

They've been a real labour of love these pickups and have gone through numerous changes to get them right. A great Tele rhythm or lead pickup if you want more bite and a modern aggressive attack.

The Alt '88 Telecaster Neck comes without cover to let more of the attack come through. It can also be RW/RP if required.

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Tapped Tele Bridge


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Creamery Custom Replacement Tapped Tele Telecaster Bridge Pickup

Magnets 'South Up' - Alnico 2, 3 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG Plain Enamel (41AWG, 43AWG & 44AWG)
Lead Wire Modern 4-Way
Bridge Output 7.5k & 9.6k
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

Custom Tapped Tele Bridge Pickup - 2 Tele Bridge Pickups in 1

A custom design Tele tapped bridge with dual outputs - essentially a warmer, higher output Tele Bridge Pickup with the coil 'Tapped' - so the pickup can be used with either a brighter, lower output or switched to the higher output, warmer tone. Use either a simple SPDT or Push/Pull Pot to give you 2 different pickups in 1.

Custom, Handwound Tele Tapped Bridge - Specifications

Flat Pole or Vintage Staggered Version

Available in flat pole version for 9.5" radius necks upwards or the more vintage correct staggered version for 7.25" radius necks.

Classic Bright Tele 'Twang' Plus Warmer, Higher Output Option

I designed the Custom Tapped Tele Bridge with outputs to give you my Classic '64 for those vintage Tele tones & 'Twang' plus a much warmer, higher output version with the two concurrent coils combined for a completely different tone, somewhere between my Vintage 1 (Nocaster) and Vintage 2 (Broadcaster) giving you two Tele Bridge Pickups in one - a real versatile Tele Bridge pickup.

One Handwound Coil - Tapped at a certain point

The Pickup works by having an initial lower output coil wound around the custom rod magnets, this has a 'start' and an 'end' giving you an initial output of around 7.5k for that classic, bright tele 'Twang'. The end of this coil is split allowing it also continue in the same direction for an increased number of windings to create a higher output pickup. The 'Tapped' nature of the pickup means you can 'tap into' the coil to 'end' at this given point for the lower output tone, or use the 'start' & final 'end' of the whole coil to give you the 2nd, much warmer, higher output tone. Modern 4-way wire allows this with my colour codes:

1st Coil (7.5k) is:

Start: Green

End: Black (Black & White wires Combined)

2nd Coil (9.5k) is therefore:

Start: Green

End: Red

With a Separate bare wire to ground the Baseplate.

Custom Tapped Tele Bridge Output

I don't have pickups all boxed up ready to send out, each pickup is custom made so I can make a custom tapped Tele bridge pickup to suit your own needs or specifications and outputs, you can choose different magnet types from the dropdown menu.

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Sonic '60


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Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic 60 Telecaster Bridge Pickup

Magnets 'South Up' - Custom Designed Alnico 2, 5 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 42AWG or 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Bridge Output 7.6k or 11.4k
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

A Warmer, Richer telecaster Bridge Tone

Designed with a custom scatterwound pattern for richer harmonics wound directly around a custom Alnico 2 magnet, the Sonic '60 for Telecaster has a richer, fatter tone yet still keeping much of the classic Tele twang.

Available in two versions, a standard output 7.6k pickup and a hotter 11.4k version, its a great lead pickup if you're looking for something a little different in the Tele bridge position.

The coil is shorter than a standard tele pickup, a little wider and when coupled with the custom Alnico 2 magnet gives a unique warmer, fatter tone rich in harmonics. Alnico 5 is a little more attacking with the Ceramic option a little stronger, brighter still.

Vintage cloth pushback hookup wire, wax potted with copper plated steel baseplate and vintage style string coil protection help make this a unique take on the classic tele sound.

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

'Extra Width' Tele Neck


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Creamery Handwound Extra Width Telecaster Neck Pickup

Magnets 'North Up' Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Neck Output 6.0k
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

A Strat tone Pickup for the Tele Neck Position

This is my own handwound take on the Fender® Twisted Tele Neck Pickup - A true direct drop-in replacement for the Telecaster neck position where a fatter, strat tone is required.

Like the Twisted Tele I make my handwound 'Extra Width' Tele neck pickup with taller magnets help me wind thicker 42AWG coil wire to around 6k giving a fatter, more Stratocaster sounding pickup for the Tele Neck position.

A warmer, fatter, strat tone for your Tele Neck position - a custom, handwound alternative to the hard-to-get Fender® Twisted Tele Pickup.

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Red '79


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Creamery Handwound Custom Red 79 Telecaster Bridge Pickup

Magnets 'North Up' Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Bridge Output 5.9k
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

Biting, Attacking, Late '70s Tone

Inspired by the New Wave/Post Punk era of the late '70s & early '80s, the Red '79 Telecaster Bridge Pickup has that brittle, bright attack & scooped mids associated with much of the music of that era. The lower in output, 42AWG coil wrapped around Custom Alnico 5 magnets gives you that cutting tone great with effects (a little phase, a little chorus ;-). I settled on the final design (after many versions) to create a pickup that has that bright, brittle tone without the ice-pick shrillness of lower wound pickups. To achieve this the coil is wound slightly shorter with a looser scatterwound pattern to achieve the balance I was looking for.

With the staggered magnet the tone is concentrated more around the D & G strings for a spikier attack whereas with the flat pole version the tone is rounded a little more as the tone is spread evenly through all strings. There's also the option to have the pickup without the Telecaster baseplate for more of a cutting stratocaster bridge tone.

If you're looking for a set, the Red '79 can be matched up with my Classic Telecaster Neck and I can custom wind them to create a great calibrated set. Just get in touch.

NOTE: If Red really isn't your thing you can always order it in White or Black vintage String as well ;-)

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Tele-90 Bridge


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Creamery Handwound Custom Telecaster Bridge Sized P90 Tele-90 Pickup

Magnets 'South Up' Custom Designed Alnico 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Bridge Output 12k (perceived volume of around 9.5k)
Baseplate Copper Plated Steel

Custom Telecaster Sized, P90 Design Bridge Pickup

A P90 pickup in a standard Telecaster Bridge size. The Creamery Telecaster sized P90 pickup houses two unpolished Alnico 5 magnets and a fat 43AWG coil wound around a custom, handcrafted P90 middle bobbin, hand shaped to fit a standard Telecaster Bridge. Huge, fat single-coil tones still with clarity, presence & a defined voice. Get the grit of a P90 in a standard Telecaster Bridge size. Great fat, rounded clean tones - turn up the gain and let the pickup scream.

The geometry of the standard Tele Bridge Pickup size as opposed to a standard P90 means there will always be a slight difference in tone between the two pickups as the coil will be slightly narower - Its for this reason I don't call it a "true" P90 although I've voiced this pickup to sound close, somewhat similar to my Humbucker sized P90 pickup. A higher output, fat single-coil tone in a standard Tele Bridge sized pickup that also keeps some of the classic Tele characteristics.

Please Note: The Tele-90 bridge is about 7mm taller than a standard Tele Bridge pickups and whilst it will fit many cavities, if you have a shallow bridge cavity, please check. The total height of the pickup with pole screws is 24mm whereas a standard Tele bridge is around 17-18mm. You'll need a minimum cavity space of at least about 17mm to fit the pickup.

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Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups

Tele-90 Neck


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Creamery Handwound Custom Telecaster Neck Sized P90 Tele-90 Pickup

Magnets 'North Up' Custom Designed Alnico 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Bridge Output 8.6k (perceived volume of around 6.9k)

Telecaster Sized P90 Neck Pickup

A P90 design in a standard Telecaster Neck Pickup size. The Creamery Telecaster sized P90 pickup houses two custom sized unpolished Alnico 5 magnets, wider steel screws and a short, fat 43AWG coil. Fatter, warmer single-coil neck tones still with clarity, presence & a defined voice. Get the grit of a P90 in a standard Telecaster Neck size. Great fat, rounded clean tones.

The geometry of the standard Tele Neck Pickup size as opposed to a standard P90 means there will always be a slight difference in tone between the two pickups as the coil will be narrower & taller - Its for this reason I don't call it a "true" P90 although I've voiced this pickup to have more of that grittier P90 edge. A higher output, fat single-coil tone in a standard Tele Neck sized pickup.

Tele-90 Neck available in Alnico 5 and Double-Thickness Alnico 5 Options

I've had two designs of magnet custom made for these pickups, a standard option Alnico 5 (described above) and a double-thickness Alnico 5 for a stronger, more attacking, slightly brighter but a little less resonant tone - for a more modern take on my Tele-90 Neck.

Please Note: The Tele-90 Neck with the standard Alnico 5 Magnets and about 15mm tall,with the Double-Thickness Alnico 5 magnets the pickup total height is about 20mm tall. Both should fit into a standard Telecaster Neck cavity.

You can select the Tele-90 Neck to be RW/RP for hum-cancelling in the middle position. Due to the design, the pickup has no cover and as its a fat coil, I use black tape wrapped around the coil to protect it.

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Custom Jaguar Design Pickups

Sonic '60 for Jaguar


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Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic '60 Jaguar Sized Tri-Sonic Design Replacement Pickups

Magnets Alnico 2, 5 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 7.0k
Neck Output 6.3k

Rich Jaguar Tones

With handwound coils pressed around the custom magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, my new Creamery Sonic '60 Jaguar replacement pickups give that richer, musical sound synonimous with the old classic Burns Tri-Sonic® design.

Geometry dictates they won't sound identical to the old 60s classics as the pickups are smaller (standard Jaguar size) and I use my custom made thinner magnets inside the pressed coil, but they do have the richer tone you'd expect.

Jaguar Sized - Designed to fit a standard Jag guitar with no modifications needed

Unlike the larger originals, my Sonic '60 pickups have been designed to fit a standard scratchplate & body cavity but with outputs of 7k & 6.3k respectively - created to balance the old vintage sounds with a modern spin they have a richer, warmer, more rounded, musical tone than a standard Jaguar pickup set.

With a choice of magnets, you can choose to have a warmer or brighter version. Alnico 2 'holds' the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate a little more freely giving a perceived slightly warmer, more resonant tone.

Ceramic, being stronger, holds the strings a little more giving a slightly more attacking, slightly brighter tone.

Alnico 5 offers a slightly brighter tone than Alnico 2 but a little more rounded than the ceramic option.

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Custom Jaguar Design Pickups

Jag-90


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Creamery Custom Handwound Jag-90 Jaguar Sized P90 Pickups

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 8.2k
Neck Output 7.3k

Jag-90, Jaguar Sized P90 Design

Fatter, Grittier Jaguar Pickups with steel claw - Based on the Classic P90 Design

With its six adjustable pole pieces and dual magnet design, the new Jaguar Sized P90 pickup is great if you're after that fat single coil P90 tone. Due to its design of dual bar magnets and pole screws, the sound is warmer & fatter than a standard Jaguar pickup. In the middle position you'll stil get the classic crunchier sound, just a fatter, more rounded version. Great for a more blusier style of playing.

As the geometry of the Jag-90 pickup differs from a standard P90 in terms of width of coil, the sound will be a little brighter but still with the warmth and fatter single coil voice you'd expect from a P90 design. I've designed the P90 Jaguar pickup with custom magnets to let the strings vibrate a little more adding to the warmth in the tone. The adjustable poles allow you to match the your neck radius for better string balance.

I've custom designed the bobbins so the pickups will fit standard Jaguar pickup covers and the Neck Jaguar P90 Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

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Custom Jazzmaster Pickups

Classic '71 Wide Range for Jazzmaster


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Creamery Custom Handwound Jazzmaster Pickups - Wide Range Humbucker

Magnets Individual Threaded
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth 'Pushback'
Bridge Output 10.7k
Neck Output 9.8k

Wide Range Tone for Jazzmaster

A true modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker to fit a standard Jazzmaster without any modifications to your guitar whatsoever. Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string and match the radius of your neck. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output they've more clarity and spank than a standard humbucker. They're great for breaking up an amp or played just on the edge of break-up for a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a bright sweetness still with the warmth of an overwound pickup. Handcrafted flatwork baseplate to keep the higher frequencies, handcrafted ferrous reflector plate, my custom full-size Wide Range Humbucker bobbins with medium speed scatterwound coils - The Creamery Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker for Jazzmaster is a great crunchy pickup.

PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement for standard Jazzmaster Pickups.

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Custom Jazzmaster Pickups

Humbucker for Jazzmaster


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Creamery Custom Handwound Jazzmaster Pickups - Humbucker Jazzmaster Pickup

Magnets Alnico 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 42AWG or 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
Bridge See Spec Below
Neck See Spec Below

A Fully Custom Handwound Humbucker

Any of my Handwound Humbucker designs to fit standard Jazzmaster Pickups

Here it is, the totally custom blade humbucker for Jazzmaster Guitars. You chose the magnets & the output for a pickup or set unique for your sound.

Choose from my:

  • Hollow-Body Humbucker output: 7.3k Bridge, 6.4k Neck
  • '57 Humbucker output: 7.8k Bridge, 7.0k Neck
  • '59 Humbucker outout: 8.3k Bridge, 7.3k Neck
  • Dirty Shirt Humbucker outout: 13.6k Bridge, 9.7k Neck
  • Double Six Humbucker output: 14.5k Bridge, 11.7k Neck
  • or your own choice of output: x.xk Bridge, x.xk Neck

Also, with a complete choice of magnets ranging from Alnico 2, through Alnico 3, 4, 5 up to Alnico 8 & Ceramic you can truly have a custom humbucker pickup designed to fit a standard Jazzmaster Guitar with no modifications neccesary. There's also an option to have a trio of Alnico 5 & Alnico 8 magnets for a truly powerful, attacking pickup especially designed for high gain playing.

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P90

Creamery Custom P90 Pickups

Custom '13 P90 Dogear


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Custom '13 Dirty Northern Hum-Cancelling P90 Dogear Pickup

Magnets Trio of Custom Made Magnets. Alnico 2 or 5 Bar & Alnico 5 Threaded Rods
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-way
Bridge Output 8.4k

Custom Designed P90 Dogear Bridge

Three types of custom magnets for crunchy, crisp, clear & defined lower strings - sweeter, creamier, milkier higher strings for a richer sound. Custom designed with Bernard Sumner of Joy Division / New Order.

We worked on the design of this pickup together when he wanted something edgier from the Gibson LP Jnr Double Cutaway he picked up. He has a number of vintage guitars (and old Vox amps) but wanted something different for the new live dates and recording. We spent time playing his old original Gibson ES 330 that just sounded perfect, just a really sweet yet gritty sound that really snarled when pushed. It has Dogear P90s but they just had something more than the standard P90 sound but the two issues he had where, it had just been too precious to take out on tour for a number of years and with it having single coil P90s, it hummed, both live and in the studio with all the synths & equipment. In comparison, his Gibson SG and the early 90s LP Jnr he picked up just sounded a little sterile in comparison.

Clearer, more defined E, A & D strings - Creamier, Warmer G, B & E strings

So the task was not to recreate the sound of the ES 330 but take its characteristics and make a similar Dogear P90 size pickup to fit the new LP Jnr that kept the colour and edge to the sound but with clearer, more defined and ‘punkier' lower E, A & D strings whilst somehow being warmer, creamier & milkier on the higher G, B & E strings. So rather than try and make some kind of hum-cancelling P90 we decided to just start again from scratch and make a new design of pickup to balance these two ideas, clearer, more defined & crunchier E, A & D strings whilst somehow being able to roll off the treble slightly on the higher G, B & E strings for less of a single coil sound and more towards the richer, fuller humbucker sound. To get the crisper, crunchier lower notes in a humbucker often means less coil and a lower output which can give the higher strings more treble - the task was to reconcile these two ideas, clear, crunchier lower strings with warmer highs with a higher output to push the amp a little more.

This is where the unique design came about after a few different prototypes - Individual sets of custom made & sized threaded rod magnets of opposing polarity and different strengths underneath the lower E, A & D strings with a double pole humbucker design underneath the G, B & E strings, again with custom made magnets hidden away underneath the offset coils for these strings. Outputwise, we wanted it to really push his naturally brighter vintage VOX AC30 amps for a really attacking, edgier sound.

Road Testing on Tour

He took the final prototype out on tour and chose to showcase the new design live onstage as they played their first new material in years at the Lollapalooza festival (I was streaming it live)

After the gigs, and with the pickup performing well onstage he asked me to make a bridge & neck humbucker sized set to the same spec for his ’62 SG.

He took these back out on the road and gave them a good road test on the short US tour later that month and his final review was, "Back home now and gave the pickups a good trial on tour. Verdict fantastic! Improved both my guitars. The humbuckers have bags of tone and character! The old Gibson ones sound cold and neutral in comparison. Totally pleased. You’ve sure done something right and well impressed the band, me and the crew! I’ve been bigging you up to everyone!"

A great replacement humbucker for a standard P90 Dogear Bridge and if you'd like a fatter, crunchier style replacement hum-cancelling pickup for your Les Paul Jnr Guitar.

Magnet Options

The magnets under the lower E, A & D strings are custom sized, custom made threaded Alnico 5 whereas the lower G, B & E strings can have either Alnico 2 or the stronger Alnico 5 - Alnico 2, being a little weaker 'holds' the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate a little more, adding a little more warmth to the overall sound whereas Alnico 5, being that bit stronger, 'holds' the strings a little more for a little brighter attack & focus.

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Creamery Casino Pickups

Classic '61


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Creamery Custom Handwound Classic 61 Casino P90 Pickups

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 8.3k
Neck Output 7.5k

Based on the Early '60s Classic Casino

A higher output than my Classic '53 P90 pickups give my Classic '61 P90 Casino pickups that slightly fatter P90 full-bodied drive & tone yet still keeping the warmth with real attack, grunt and definition. A great lead P90 sound for a bridge position pickup, sweet warmth in the neck. Single conductor, braided shield lead wire.

Available in correct chrome metal dog-ear covers with staggered heights - higher for bridge, lower for neck.
Pole spacing is Bridge: 50mm Centre Low E to Centre High E. Neck: 48mm Center Low E to Center High E

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Creamery Custom P90 Pickups

Baby '71 - Standard P90 Dogear Sized


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Creamery Replacement P90 Pickups - Baby 71 Wide Range Humbucker Standard P90 Dogear sized

Magnets Individual Threaded Magnets
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
Bridge Output 9.0k
Neck Output 7.8k

The Wide Range sound in a standard/regular P90 Dogear size

Classic fat "Doubled Up" single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright chime & warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness, these Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker style pickups are a great if you're looking for something more to replace a standard P90 Dogear.

Slightly brighter with a tighter focus that my full-size Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker repros due to the slightly narrower coil and slightly lower output.

Available with either Vintage Braided or 4-Way wiring, the cover options are black or cream covers and I can also age them a little.

A great versatile replacement Wide Range Humbucker Pickup for your Les Paul Junior.

PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in to fit a standard regular P90 Dogear Size and unlike a number of other similar styled pickups which are essentially a standard humbucker with bar magnet, these are true to the spirit of the old Seth Lover Wide Range / Thinline humbuckers with threaded magnets and ferrous internal reflector plate.

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Creamery Custom P90 Pickups

P90 Sized "Hidden" Humbucker


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Creamery Custom Handwound P90 Dual Blade Humbucker Sized Pickup

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-way
Bridge Output 12.8k
Neck Output 10.7k

Dual Blade Humbucker in a standard P90 Soapbar or Dogear Size

Crunchier P90 Sized Humbucker Pickup

A dual blade magnet humbucker pickup inside a P90 that requires no modifications to your guitar at all. My P90 sized Humbuckers even look like a P90 - Once installed, no-one will spot the difference until you plug in and play.

Great string definition & clarity due to the dual blade magnets. More of a crunchy "Doubled up" hum-cancelling tone than the fat single coil voice of my classic P90, these new P90 sized dual blade Humbucker Pickups give a rich, crunchy, bright & biting attack.

All the depth of a humbucker with the sparkle of a single coil. The two 43awg coils help give a slightly warmer mid-range which balances the brighter frequencies of this versatile design.

I use the thinner 43AWG coil wire on this design which means the actual perceived volume will be lower than the high output reading would suggest, namely around 9.5k Bridge & 8.3k Neck respectively. There are a few misconceptions about using thinner gauge wire to achieve a higher output and I'm currently writing a blog post about it.

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Creamery Custom P90 Pickups

P90 Sized Fat Humbucker


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Creamery Custom Handwound P90 Sized Fat Humbucker Pickup

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-way
Bridge Output 11.0k
Neck Output 9.8k

P90 Sized 'Fat' Humbucker - Soapbar

A bar magnet style humbucker pickup inside a P90 that requires no modifications to your guitar at all. Its essentially the standard humbucker design of two coils with bar magnet and steel pole screws. The slight difference, other than the size & look, is that I use a series of 5 magnets designed to fit around the 2 central fixing screws. I do this to make the pickup a completely direct drop-in replacement.

Unlike other P90-sized PAF style humbuckers, there's no need to drill new mounting holes into the body of your guitar with mine. No modifications necessary to your guitar.

More of a warmer, classic humbucker tone than my 12-pole design, slightly brighter and more focused as I allow both rows of pole screws through the custom made covers.

I use the thinner 43AWG coil wire on this design which means the actual perceived volume will be lower than the high output would suggest, namely around 8.8k Bridge & 7.8k Neck respectively - The slightly higher output compensates for the slightly taller, thinner coils.

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Creamery Custom P90 Pickups

P90 Sized Fat Humbucker for Dogear


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PCreamery Custom Handwound Replacement P90 Sized Fat Humbucker for Dogear P90

Magnets Alnico 2, 3, 4 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-way
Bridge Output 8.4k
Neck Output 7.3k

P90 Sized Fat Bridge or Neck Humbucker - Designed for P90 Dogear

More of a warmer, PAF style P90 Dogear sized Bridge or Neck Position Humbucker

A bar magnet PAF style humbucker pickup inside a P90 Dogear that requires no modifications to your guitar at all. Its essentially the standard humbucker design of two coils with bar magnet and steel pole and/or screws. A completely direct drop-in replacement with your choice of Alnico 2, 3, 4 or 5 magnets.

Warmer, classic humbucker tones with the option of more traditional 6 visible pole screws and hidden steel slugs under the cover or 12 visible pole screws. P90 Dogear covers, although made of plastic, are quite thick meaning the hidden steel slugs are just that little bit further away from the strings whereas the full set adjustable pole screw option means all 12 pole screws can be adjusted to suit your neck radius or to dial in individual strings for emphasis. I offer both these options as some customers prefer the more vintage humbucker 'look' whereas others want more clarity & definition.

A great replacement humbucker for standard P90 Dogear Pickups and if you'd like a PAF style replacement humbucker for your Les Paul Jnr Guitar.

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Creamery P90 Sonic Pickups

Sonic-Six


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Creamery Handwound Custom Sonic-Six P90 Pickup

Magnets Threaded Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG or 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Braided
Bridge Output 7.5k, 8.4k or 12.0k
Neck Output 7.1k, 7.5k or 9.2k

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Fat, Bright, Attacking True Single Coil Tone

Dogear or Soapbar

Available in three outputs, a brighter, low-output version of 7.5k Bridge & 7.1k Neck, a mid-output set of 8.4k Bridge & 7.5k Neck and a fatter, hotter 12.0k Bridge & 9.2k Neck. Similar in appearance and the exact same size as a standard P90, the Sonic-Six P90 pickup has individual threaded magnets to keep more tonal clarity & string definition. The lower & medium output version use specific 42AWG coil wire to give a fatter single coil but with more brightness and less warmth than a standard P90. The higher output version uses specific 43AWG coil wire to balance output whist still keeping clarity & that fat brightness and attacking single-coil tone.

I've spent a lot on these, changing the size of the Alnico 5 threaded magnets and bobbin size a number of times to get these right. If you're after that bright, fat twang tone from a standard P90 size pickup then the Creamery Sonic-Six pickups may be the ones for you.

Available as a Soapbar style in Aged White (cream), black or chrome-plated covers or as a Dogear style in Aged White (Cream) or Black covers. Vintage braided wire.

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Custom

Creamery Custom Design Pickups

Sweet '14


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Creamery Custom Sweet 14 Gold Foil Pickup Gibson PAF Humbucker Size

Magnets Alnico 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 43AWG Double Coated Plain Enamel
Lead Wire 2-Way with separate ground for Cover & Baseplate
Bridge Output 6.3k
Neck Output 5.3

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Custom Designed for a sweet, clear, rich & defined punchy, snappy sound

I've been working on this on and off for a couple of years, trying various specifications and modifications to get the design just right for that rich clean, snappy sound.

I've made parts by hand, had custom parts manufactured specifically and finally, finally, after many, many prototypes & testing sessions they're ready - The new Sweet '14 Foil style pickups. I wanted to create a customisable, standard humbucker/PAF size fatter single coil pickup that had the sweetness & warmth of the original Gold Foils whilst keeping great clarity & string definition with a modern punch & snap that really has a powerful sound when cranked - to really cut through the mix.

The thinner double coated plain enamel 43AWG coil wire helps push the sound that little bit more towards the mid-range for the sweetness I was after and although my personal preference is for an Alnico 2 Bridge/Alnico 4 Neck I decided to offer the full range of magnet options for those who like to create their own combinations - The original 'Gold Foils' people love had weaker rubberised ferrite magnets and although I chose not to use these for the new Sweet '14 Rich Coil pickups as I just wanted something stronger, something a little more modern, I will be using these for the new 44awg true spec/size Gold Foils I'm launching once I've had all the covers & baseplates custom manufactured.

I wanted these pickups to be something different rather than simply re-casing the original design into a humbucker size, as really, for this new Gibson/PAF Humbucker size pickup, I just wanted more snap, more punch whilst keeping that rich sweetness. Ultimately I wanted to create really defined clean sounds that can be the basis for pedals & effects etc.

Magnets don't have 'tone' but what they do have is strength and the custom sizes I've had manufactured do affect the overall sound - all other things being equal. I prefer the Alnico 2 bridge as the slightly weaker magnets help to round out the sound that bit more in the naturally brighter bridge position, whereas the stronger Alnico 4 set helps to keep clarity, definition and snap in the naturally darker neck position.

I've also designed these with a taller coil wrapped around a custom made plated steel blade with a double set of Alnico or Ceramic magnets to really help drive the amp when required for a more modern sound.

Customisable

I often get asked to make pickups with unique or different covers to suit a particular custom guitar and with this in mind, I decided to have my custom rounded edge covers manufactured in an open form design which then would allow the seperate top plate to be completely customisable with any design, colour or finish. Some prefer the old Gold or Silver Foil look whereas others have asked for patterns, prints even material, leather and textured card - to give a unique look and feel to the pickups.

You can see more pictures of custom cover plates and choose either the Gold or Silver Foil versions or just select 'Custom' from the dropdown menu here (single bridge or neck pickup, or calibrated set) and leave me a note at the checkout stage or just drop me an email telling a little more about what you have in mind.

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