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The Creamery - Custom Guitars, Handwound Boutique Pickups - Made in Manchester  -  Vintage, Modern, Custom & Alternative Design Pickups - Made in Manchester

Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickups

Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups - Made in Manchester

Pickups from my Strat range are now available for Mustang & Duo-Sonic guitars. Have a look below. Due to the shorter scale length, the pickups will sound a little warmer in your Mustang / Duo-Sonic than their Strat versions but still with great clarity & string definition.

They're all available open or with Black or White closed covers. You can also order them in standard strat covers if you like.

Classic '64

Classic '64

The classic Single Coil sound - Glassy, woody with chime. Covered or Uncovered with flat or staggered poles.

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'Extra Width' Mustang

'Extra Width' Mustang

A fatter, fuller, rounder twist on the classic Mustang sound. Snappy highs, fatter mid-range, rounded bass.

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Alt '88 for Mustang

Alt '88 for Mustang

Modern, higher output Mustang pickups for a stronger, attacking, more aggressive & alternative sound.

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Sonic '60 for Mustang

Sonic '60 for Mustang

Direct drop-in replacement Mustang size Pickups in custom chrome for a richer, fuller sound.

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Red '79 for Mustang

Red '79 for Mustang

Biting, attacking replacement Mustang Pickups for that wiry, angular & brittle, post-punk sound.

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Mustang Sized P90s

Mustang Sized P90s

Mustang sized P90 pickups. P90 design in a direct drop-in replacement for a warmer, grittier sound.

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Handwound Custom Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups

Custom Handwound Replacement Vintage, Modern & Custom Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickups

Vintage, Classic, Modern & Alternative Design Replacement Mustang Single Coil Pickups

Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Mustang / Duo-Sonic PickupsInitially launched as a student model, the Fender® Mustang became a cult guitar and future mainstay of alterntive scenes from David Byrne, Kurt Cobain & Sonic Youth to PJ Harvery & Warpaint, stricking a chord with bands & guitarists looking for something away from traditional styles, plus they were easy to come across and (until recently) inexpensive 2nd hand - though the Fender® Squier® range make grat guitars to modify and upgrade.

Alongside more Strat-like sounding versions & modern hotter, custom & alternative designs, I currently make a number of handwound Replacement Mustang single coil pickups.

I also make custom designs such as my Mustang-90 (Strat sized P90), twin output versions and my Sonic '60 Pickups to fit the Mustang / Duo-Sonic as well for those looking for something a little different to traditional deisgns.

I don't have pickups all boxed up ready to send out; each order is custom-made so I can tailor a set of handwound replacement Mustang pickups to suit your own guitar, the sounds you're after and your style of play.

Handwound at my workshop here in Manchester.

 

 


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Classic

Vintage & Classic Mustang / Duosonic Pickups

Classic '64


Creamery Classic '64 Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickups

Magnets Staggered or Flat Pole Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 6.3k
Neck Output 5.7k

 

The early '60s Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sound

A vintage staggered or flat-pole pickup with the classic voice. Snappy highs with a woody mid-range and bright bass. Scatterwound with wax potted coils and either flat-pole or staggered Alnico 5 magnets. Medium output. Vintage style cloth covered wire. A great pickup for classic Strat & Mustang sounds.

The Neck Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

 

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Vintage & Classic Mustang / Duosonic Pickups

Classic '69


Creamery Classic '69 Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Flat pole or Staggered Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 5.9k
Neck Output 5.5k

 

The late '60s Sound

Flat-pole or staggered for Left or Right handed players

A vintage Mustang pickup with the classic bright sound of the late 60s - tight, snappy with clean highs, a solid bass response with a hollow, woody mid-range. Scatterwound with wax potted coils and either flat-pole or staggered Alnico 5 magnets. Medium output. Vintage style cloth covered wire.

A great pickup to play clean or funk styles.

The Neck Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

 

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Higher Output

Hotter / Overwound Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

'Extra Width' Mustang / Duo-Sonic


Creamery Classic Scatterwound Extra Width Mustang / Duo-Sonic Bridge Pickups

Magnets Staggered or Flat Pole Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 6.3k
Neck Output 5.7k

 

A warmer, slightly higher output Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sound

A flat-pole hotter-wound Mustang / Duo-Sonic pickup for a fatter twist on the classic voice. Still with snappy highs, a fatter mid-range with rounded bass. Scatterwound with wax potted coils and flat Alnico 2 magnets. Higher output. Vintage style cloth covered lead wire.

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

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

The Neck Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

 

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Hotter / Overwound Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Sweet '74


Creamery Sweet '74 Stratocaster Pickups

Magnets Flat pole or Staggered Alnico 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 7.6k
Neck Output 6.3k

 

A Warmer, Dirtier, Bluesier Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sound

A higher output vintage Mustang pickup set. Still with great clarity & definition, the classic Mustang pickup sounds are boosted by the higher output. A warmer bridge pickup due to the overwind really takes you into a warmer, dirtier, bluesier territory, great for breaking up an amp. Match this with the slightly hotter-than-normal middle & neck pickups gives you a sweet set great for that '70s blues / rock voice.

Scatterwound with wax potted coils. Medium output. Vintage style cloth covered wire. A great Mustang pickup for a fatter, fuller voice.

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

The Neck Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

 

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Sonics

Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups

Sonic '60 - Treble


Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic '60 Mustang Duo-Sonic Sized Tri-Sonic Design Pickups - Treble

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

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Rich Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sounds

With handwound coils pressed around the custom made magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, my new Creamery Sonic '60 Mustang / Duo-Sonic replacement pickups give that richer, musical, Hi-Fidelity 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 slimmer being standard Strat / Mustang size and I use my custom made thinner magnets inside the pressed coil, but they do have the richer voice you'd expect and keep the classic characteristics.

Strat/Mustang Sized - Designed to fit a standard Strat or Mustang 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 voice than a standard Strat or Mustang 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 sound.

Ceramic, being stronger, holds the strings a little more giving a slightly more attacking, slightly brighter voice and with no alloy interaction, the overall sound is a little more focussed, a little more High-Fidelity & clean.

Alnico 5 offers a slightly brighter overall sound than Alnico 2 but richer and more rounded than the ceramic option.

True Chrome Plated Strat Covers

Wanting these pickups to be something special I've had custom chrome plated Strat / Mustang covers manufactured. These aren't plastic covers, they're very thin brass that I've had custom tooled and chrome plated. I've also designed them with the Tri-Sonic® style oversize holes and more rounded/rolled edge covers for a unique look.

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups

Sonic '60 - Mid-Range


Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic '60 Mustang Duo-Sonic Sized Tri-Sonic Design Pickups - Mid-Range

Magnets Alnico 2, 5 or Ceramic
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 11.4k
Neck Output 9.7k

Richer, Fuller, Fatter - Dirtier Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sounds

With handwound coils pressed around the custom designed magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, the Sonic '60 'Mid-Range' Mustang replacement pickups give that richer, musical sound synonimous with the old classic Burns Tri-Sonic® design but in a new fatter, fuller, dirtier & grittier sound with more emphasis on the mid-range.

I designd these after feedback from Strat & Mustang players who loved the brighter standard Sonic '60s I made for them but wanted a fatter, hotter, more mid-range version in their 2nd guitar to compliment - Not everyone has two Strats or Mustangs so if you're looking for more mid-range to your sound, and want something a little different, an alternative to the classic bright Strat or Mustang pickup, then maybe the new Sonic '60 'Mid-Range' pickups could be for you.

Whereas the standard Sonic '60s are wound with thicker 42awg coil wire and are available in a variety of Alnico magnet choices, I spent a long time on the new 'Mid-Range' 43awg versions and concluded, after much testing, that the stronger Alnico 5 and Alnico 8 versions worked best. You can choose either based on your own preference, Alnico 8 being the strongest with a little more output and more cooler focus whereas the slightly weaker Alnico 5 is that little bit sweeter but with slightly less attack.

 

True Chrome Plated Strat Covers

Wanting these pickups to be something special I've had custom chrome plated Strat / Mustang covers manufactured. These aren't plastic covers, they're very thin brass that I've had custom tooled and chrome plated. I've also designed them with the Tri-Sonic® style oversize holes and more rounded/rolled edge covers for a unique look.

 

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups

Sonic-Six Adjustable Pole Pickup


Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic-Six Adjustable Pole Mustang Duo-Sonic 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
Neck Output Skinny 4.8k, Low 5.5k, Medium 6.1k or High 9.2k

 

Customisable, Adjustable Pole Mustang Pickups

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

Unlike my Strat / Mustang sized P90 design (Mustang-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 an overall grittier voice. The individual threaded magnets here are akin to the individual rod magnets of a standard Strat, giving that clear, glassy Strat sound - but in a new height-adjustable design.

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 / Mustang Pickups, the Medium output is similar to my Extra Width Strat / Mustang 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 and EQ each string. 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 cover options. The Neck Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position..

 

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Custom/Alternative

Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Alt '88 - Treble


Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Alt '88 Overwound Mustang Duo-Sonic Pickup - Treble

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 8.4
Neck Output 7.5k

Alt '88 Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickup - Treble

Loud, Quiet, Loud - Brighter, Attacking, Aggressive Replacement Pickup. Designed for more Indie/Alternative styles & sounds

The Alt '88 pickup was inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s and after feedback from Strat & Mustang players the design has now been split into two distinct versions. Whereas the the "Alt '88 - Mid-Range" uses the same taller, stronger rod magnets but is wound with thinner 43awg coil wire for a fatter, fuller, more mid-range voice, the "Alt '88 - Treble" uses thicker 42awg coil wire and taller, stronger rod magnets for a brighter, more cutting, attacking sound. Both have been designed to have similar, higher, more powerful outputs - the difference comes from how they're voiced.

With more in the higher frequencies the "Alt '88 - Treble" can dominate in the mix a little more, that bit more aggressive, attacking, cutting - the brash side to its darker, warmer alternative.

Alt '88 Mustang Pickup - Magnet Choices

With magnets, Alnico 2 is that bit weaker so ‘holds’ the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate that little more to add a little more warmth & resonance to the overall sound. Alnico 5 is slightly stronger so therefore ‘holds’ the strings that little more for slightly more attack, focus, brightness and a little increased output. Magnets don’t have ‘tone’ but they do have strength to varying degrees which has an effect on the overall sound, all other things being equal. Alnico 2 can be great to tame a bright bridge sound whereas a stronger magnet can help to keep clarity & definition in the naturally darker neck position.

The Alt '88 range has been a real labour of love and these pickups and have gone through numerous changes before launch just to get them right. A great Strat & Mustang rhythm or lead pickup if you want more bite with more of an an alternative/leftfield sound. The Alt '88 Mustang / Duo-Sonic Neck can also be RW/RP if required.

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Alt '88 - Mid-Range


Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Alt '88 Overwound Mustang Duo-Sonic Pickup - Mid-Range

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 10.3
Neck Output 9.4k

Alt '88 Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickup - Mid-Range

Loud, Quiet, Loud - Fatter, Fuller with more mid-range. Designed for more Indie/Alternative styles & sounds

The Alt '88 pickup was inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s and after feedback from Strat & Mustang players the design has now been split into two distinct versions. Whereas the "Alt '88 - Treble" uses thicker 42awg coil wire and taller, stronger rod magnets for a brighter, more cutting sound, the "Alt '88 - Mid-Range" uses the same taller, stronger rod magnets but is wound with thinner 43awg coil wire for a fatter, fuller, more mid-range voice. Both have been designed to have similar, higher, more powerful outputs - the difference comes from how they're voiced.

With less in the higher frequencies the "Alt '88 - Mid-Range" sits in the band mix better, not as dominant as the 'Treble' version, a little sweeter, less brittle, a little fuller, a little darker - the more melancholy side to its brash alternative.

Alt '88 Mustang Pickup - Magnet Choices

With magnets, Alnico 2 is that bit weaker so ‘holds’ the strings a little less, allowing them to vibrate that little more to add a little more warmth & resonance to the overall sound. Alnico 5 is slightly stronger so therefore ‘holds’ the strings that little more for slightly more attack, focus, brightness and a little increased output. Magnets don’t have ‘tone’ but they do have strength to varying degrees which has an effect on the overall sound, all other things being equal. Alnico 2 can be great to tame a bright bridge sound whereas a stronger magnet can help to keep clarity & definition in the naturally darker neck position.

The Alt '88 range has been a real labour of love and these pickups and have gone through numerous changes before launch just to get them right. A great Strat & Mustang rhythm or lead pickup if you want more bite with more of an an alternative/leftfield sound. The Alt '88 Neck can also be RW/RP if required.

 

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Dark Line


Creamery Custom Alternative Design Mustang Duo-Sonic Pickups - Dark Line

Magnets Custom Alnico 5 Duo
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 11.4k
Neck Output 9.7k

 

Dirtier, Grittier, Alternative Mustang Sounds

Initially designed for Jaguars guitars, they're now available for Strats & Mustangs too - Designed for players who wanted something darker, grittier, something more savage & physical from their guitars, but keeping a tight, razor focus to really cut through the band mix - Not a traditional rock, indie or blues sound, something much more aggressive & visceral. Essentially the idea was to design a raw, more primal sounding pickup to work with the existing Strat & Mustang wiring for pure alternative sounds and styles of playing. Much tighter, much more focussed sounds than my Sonic '60s, these were designed specifically to play loud and aggressive.

A single plated steel blade sits at the heart of the design inside a much more tightly scatterwound coil of thinner 43awg coil wire, and I experimented with a variety of magnet grades and sizes until finally working on a duo of custom square bar Alnico 5s.

Available in a stark black or white open face design, the new Mustang / Duo-Sonic Dark Line pickups are direct drop-in replacements, designed to turn that Fender or Squier Mustang into a much more powerful guitar - I spent a long time getting the design of these just right, putting them aside, coming back to them - a real labour of love.

 

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Mustang-90 - Treble


Creamery Custom Handwound P90 Mustang Duo-Sonic Pickups - Mustang-90 Treble

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

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Strat / Mustang Sized P90 Design Pickup

Classic 'Treble' version

With its six adjustable pole pieces and dual magnet design, the 'Mustang-90' Strat & Mustang Sized P90 pickup is great if you're after that fat, bright & crunchy single coil P90 sound. Due to its design of dual bar magnets and pole screws, the overall sound is warmer & fatter than a traditional Strat pickup, still with that bright chime and sparkle, just grittier, crunchier. Great for a more grittier style of playing when pushed.

As the geometry of the Mustang P90 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 Mustang / Duo-Sonic pickup with custom magnets to let the strings vibrate a little more adding to the overall warmth. 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 neck Mustang-P90 Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position. 

NOTE: I can also custom wind you a pickup custom spec versions too, just get in touch.

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Mustang-90 - Mid-Range


Creamery Custom Handwound P90 Mustang Duo-Sonic Pickups - Mid-Range

Magnets Alnico 5
Coil Wire 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 10.4k
Neck Output 10.1k

Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sized P90 Design Pickup

Warmer 'Mid-Range' version

With its six adjustable pole pieces and dual magnet design, the 'Mustang-90' Mustang / Duo-Sonic Sized P90 'Mid-Range' pickup is great if you're after a much warmer, fatter, fuller & crunchy single coil P90 sound. Due to its design of dual bar magnets and pole screws overwound with thinner 43awg coil wire, the overall sound is warmer & fatter than the Mustang-90 'Treble' version, still with chime and sparkle, just darker, rounder with much more in the mid-range. Great for a grittier, dirtier, greasier style of playing when pushed.

I've designed the P90 Mustang / Duo-Sonic pickup with custom magnets to let the strings vibrate a little more adding to the overall warmth. 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 neck Mustang-P90 Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position. 

NOTE: I can also custom wind you a pickup custom spec versions too, just get in touch.

 

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Custom/Alternative Design Mustang & Duosonic Pickups

Red '79


Creamery Classic Scatterwound Red '79 Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickups

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

 

A brighter, attacking late '70s Pickup Set

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 Neck Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in the middle position.

 

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Twin Coils

Tapped/Twin Coil Design Mustang Pickups

Alt '88 - 'Twin Coil'


Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Alt '88 Overwound Mustang Pickup - Twin Coil

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG & 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output 8.4k (11.6k)
Neck Output 7.5k (10.5k)

Alt '88 'Twin Coil' Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickup

Custom fusion of the Treble & Mid-Range Alt '88 Pickups, introducing the new 'Twin Sound' for Mustang & Duo-Sonic. Scatterwound inner coil with a tightly wound outer coil for a versatile coil-tapped Pickup Set.

The Alt '88 pickup was inspired by the alternative music scene of the mid-to-late '80s and after feedback from Strat, Jag & Mustang players the design has not only been split into two distinct versions, I've also designed the new 'Twin Sound' version for a more versatile pickup with a wider range of sounds.

'Twin Sound' Alt '88s in One Coil-Tapped Mustang Pickup

The brighter sounding Alt '88 inner coil that becomes fatter, fuller with more-mid-range and a higher output with the added outer coil.

Scatterwound inner coil with a tightly wound outer coil pressed around the custom designed magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, the Alt '88 'Twin Sound' pickups for Mustang & Duo-Sonic give the two distinct voices for indie/alternative playing in one replacement pickup. With simple push/pull pots (or my preferred push/push pots) you can have the brighter, more abrasive Alt '88 'Treble' sounds - then with simple switching you have a fatter, fuller, rounder, more mid-range version with a higher output for a more versatile guitar.

The idea came when collaborating with a well-known Jaguar guitarist on a completely new, custom design - working on a new switching system to allow push/push pots to combine a classic bright sound with the fatter, fuller, stronger alternative sounds with more mid-range that he wanted for studio & live work. I took this idea to the Alt '88 Strat 7 Mustang range for a new coil-tapped design.

Concentric Coils

Not everyone has two guitars so if you're looking for more versatility and a wider pallete of sounds, from bright to mid-range - then maybe the new 'Twin-Sound' range is for you. With two concentric coils, the inner is wound with standard 42awg coil wire to give you the bright, rich, single coil Alt '88 'Treble' sound whereas the outer coil is wound with much thinner 43awg to add more mid-range and change the overall sound to a much fatter, fuller, warmer voice with a noticeably higher output to push more - So with the flick of a switch or push of the pot you can suddenly drive & push the sound more.

Available in Alnico 2 for a slightly warmer overall sound or Alnico 5 for a slightly clearer, more defined, attacking sound, I spent a long time getting these new 'Twin Sound' coil tap Alt '88 pickups just right. Alnico 2 works well for the bridge but with the naturally darker neck position, I tend to prefer the stronger Alncio 5.

Please Note: These aren't hum-cancelling pickups, they have 2 coils in a concentric/coaxial design.

 

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Tapped/Twin Coil Design Mustang Pickups

Sonic '60 - 'Twin Coil'


Creamery Custom Handwound Sonic '60 Mustang Sized Tri-Sonic Design Pickups - Twin Coil

Magnets Alnico 2 or 5
Coil Wire 42AWG & 43AWG
Lead Wire Vintage Cloth
Bridge Output (7.1k) 11.2k
Neck Output (5.9k) 9.5k

Twin Sound' Sonic '60s in One Coil-Tapped Mustang Pickup

Classic, bright sounding inner coil that becomes fatter, fuller with more-mid-range and a higher output with the added outer coil.

Scatterwound inner coil with a tightly wound outer coil pressed around the custom designed magnets and wax potted in a combination of paraffin & beeswax, the Sonic '60 'Twin Sound' pickups for Mustang & Duo-Sonic give the two distinct Sonic '60 voices in one replacement pickup set. With simple push/pull pots (or my preferred push/push pots) you can have the bright, rich Sonic'60 'Treble' sounds - then with simple switching you have a fatter, fuller, rounder, more mid-range sound with a higher output for a more versatile guitar to cover a wider range of styles.

The idea came when collaborating with a well-known Jaguar guitarist on a completely new, custom design - working on a new switching system to allow push/push pots to combine a classic bright sound with the fatter, fuller, stronger alternative voice with more mid-range that he wanted for studio & live work. I took this idea to the Sonic '60 range for a new coil-tapped design.

Concentric Coils

Not everyone has two guitars so if you're looking for more versatility and a wider pallete of sounds, from bright to mid-range - then maybe the new 'Twin-Sound' range is for you. With two concentric coils, the inner is wound with standard 42awg coil wire to give you the bright, rich, single coil Sonic '60 rich 'Treble' sound whereas the outer coil is wound with thinner 43awg to add more mid-range and change the overall sound to a fatter, fuller, warmer voice with a noticeably higher output to push more - So with the flick of a switch or push of the pot you can suddenly drive & push the sound more.

Available in Alnico 2 for a slightly warmer overall sound or Alnico 5 for a slightly clearer, more defined, attacking sound, I spent a long time getting these new 'Twin Sound' coil tap Sonic '60 pickups just right. Alnico 2 works well for the bridge but with the naturally darker neck position, I tend to prefer the stronger ALncio 5.

Please Note: These aren't hum-cancelling pickups, they have 2 coils in a concentric/coaxial design.

True Chrome Plated Covers

Wanting these pickups to be something special I've had custom chrome plated covers manufactured. These aren't plastic covers, they're very thin brass that I've had custom tooled and chrome plated. I've also designed them with the Tri-Sonic® style oversize holes and more rounded/rolled edge covers for a unique Strat & Mustang look.

They do look good

Push/Pull - Push/Push Pots

I've designed these to work well with 500k push/push or push/pull pots - 1 meg versions are available but due to the design and custom magnets I've had manufactured, and after extensive testing, I just preferred the 500k versions. Use one for the volume & one for the tone - that way the coil taps work seperately for bridge & neck giving you a wider range of sounds.

 

 

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Reviews

Reviews of Handwound Stratocaster/Mustang & Duo-Sonic Pickups

Its great when I get positive feedback from customers, and good reviews & word-of-mouth really help the custom shop maker so with this in mind, I've created this page of reviews.

All the comments below were either emailed to me or posted to my Twitter or Facebook pages.

Have a read through what others are saying about my replacement Mustang / Duo-Sonic Pickups and get in touch if you'd like me to custom make some pickups for you. I don't have pickups all boxed up ready to send out, each order is custom made which means I can modify the specifications to suit you, your playing and your guitar.



Shall be breaking it in tonight at the Olympic Stadium Barcelona... I gave it a quick blast during soundcheck through Matts rig and both me and Jason (Matts tech) agreed it sounded pretty damn good…

Loving the sound of the pickup combinations..definitely doing all the things I hoped and more...have a feeling its going to see a lot of use in the studio as well as live...

Morgan Nicholls - Custom Hidden 12-Pole Humbucker (Chrome P90 Dogear) Bridge / Sonic '60 Neck


Thanks Jamie. Great Bluesier sound. Been using it in the studio.

Freddie Cowan - Strat-90 Bridge


Hi Jaime, Pickups are in and sound like a dream - exactly as I had hoped. Excited to play new guitar with these beasts next weekend in Paris for their live debut :)

UPDATE: Love these pick-ups so much! going to have to deck out all my guitars with them :) Great live and on recordings too!

Lyla Foy - Strat-90 Set



A quick note to say how blown away I am by the Duo-Sonic pickups. They sound absolutely fantastic and have turned what was a fun but kind of limited project guitar I was setting up for my young son into a beautiful instrument with a really distinctive sound.

The nicest sounding pickups I have put in any guitar to date - I'd be tempted to try some in a strat or tele to see what comes out.

Thank you!

Rudy Carroll - ’64 Mustang/Duo-Sonic Set


Still impressed by your Skinny 'Scooped Mids'. The chords in my custom mustang are awesome, clean and defined

Sebastian Cano-Berlanga - Skinny ’Scooped Mids’ set for Strat


The pickups are absolutely brilliant! Great twangy 50s fender banjo-like bridge, gorgeous, heavy (almost church bell-like bass) neck position and the inbetween humbucker sound is smooooooooth!! Really nice percussive detail, really quite 'tuff'-sounding with the treble rolled off. Very happy.

Great jobs, thanks!

Rich Russell - Custom Mustang/Duo-Sonic Set

Just installed that one Jaime. Fantastic, really strong sound and the tone I was after.

Andrew Osbourne - Classic ’64 Bridge


Guitar sounds amazing ! Big Thanks.

Phillip Hopwood - Sonic ’60 Set


Finally got them wired in and playing today. They sound wicked cheers! More accurate than the Fender Big Dippers in terms of that tone. They sound that bit dryer and more woody, gives them a more articulate feeling. They also don’t muddy up like the Dippers do when you dime the volume.

I’ve actually got a Mayer Strat with Dippers in it and I prefer yours!

Andrew Musgrave - "Skinny" Strat Set


Just wanted to tell you that the strat pickups are great.

Chris Breadner - Strat-90 Bridge, Custom Strat-Sized Tele Neck


I have no idea how you do this. These Alt '88 pickups have an output that keeps up with hot humbuckers without losing a tad of Fender string definition and clarity. Chords and individual notes are bold without being even slightly muddy. The high end sings without being shrill, the bottom is bigger and tighter than stock and the mids do whatever your fingers ask for - unbelievable.

I would have written sooner, but I can't put this guitar down!

Forrest Webb - Alt ’88 Tele Bridge, Alt ’88 Middle


Just fitted the alt 88's as my first soldering job. They sound SO different from the stock pickups. The 88's make it sound like a proper strat now. These are way more articulate than the stock pups, the neck pickup especially so. Again, thanks for a great set of pickups and your devotion to the cause.

Keith Varney - Alt ’88 Set


So here is some two months I use your picksups on my Stratocaster, and I must say it works great!

Olivier Aubin - Extra Width Set


Tele pickups are great and the strat pickups are fantastic.The best I have ever played. Through my Mesa Boogie they have tone to die for.Cant stop playing.Many many thanks.

Richie Crawford - Vintage 2 Tele Set, Sweet ’74 Set


Hi Jaime! I have the Classic 69 strat set in my primary guitar/EJ Strat/ and I love them!

Stoian Pavlov - Classic ’69 Set


Jamie, Absolutely gobsmackingly brilliant!

I would have responded earlier, however, couldn’t find the time to put the guitar down long enough. These ‘Classic 64’s’ are just exactly as the title suggests; both Classic and a carbon copy of that 1964 Stratocaster tone.

Thank you, so very much

Geoff Bell - Classic ’64 Set


Guitar back from the shop. First impressions of the pickups is fantastic. Bright and clear and different enough tone from the tele pickups (also awesome btw) which is exactly what I wanted.

Neil Christie - Custom H-S-S Set


The Extra-Width Bridge pickup sounds fantastic; crystal clear yet without the 'ice-pick' treble of the pick-up I was replacing. I really like the fact it responds to my playing and it comes to life with a bit of overdrive. I wish I'd gone for the full set, perhaps I'll be back for the missing 2 when I can justify it. Thanks very much for making my guitar warmer and clearer.

James Deane, Professional Session Guitarist, Producer & Engineer


Pickups are excellent Jaime, Bridge is crunchy with good amounts of attack and punch, middle pickup has a country twang to it which i like a lot and mixed with the neck makes a very very nice clean sound suited to jazz and blues. Might I add that all 5 selections on the switch sound exellent when distorted and all have very unique elements. Thanks for the pickups they are great value.

Justin Leah - ‘Dirty Shirt’ Bridge Humbucker | Alt ’88 Middle


Hi Jaime My Skinny Scooped Mids are now installed and are sounding amazing! thanks Jaime!! Regards

Christian Caputo - ‘Skinny’ Scooped Mids Set


Still impressed by your Skinny 'Scooped Mids'. The chords in my custom mustang are awesome, clean and defined

Sebastian Cano-Berlanga - Skinny ’Scooped Mids’ set for Mustang


I've just installed my Skinny Scooped Set and it's simply amazing! Every pickup position is extremely pleasing to play in. Especially the second positon. Sounds like a bell from heaven. I'll most definitely buy all my pickups from you in the future. Thanks!

Gustav Bystedt - ‘SKinny’ Scooped Mids Set


Hi Jaime, they've arrived, they're in and they've exceeded every expectation: they're amazing. Thanks so much, exactly what I wanted - you're a very talented chap! Very best wishes,

Jamie Dickinson - Classic ’64 Set


Hi Jaime, The pickups came last week and I fitted them Sunday. They sound fantastic, lovely and bright, and have transformed the guitar! Cheers for the hard work and information.

George Hodgkins - Classic ’69 Set


Jaime Hi I fixed them up in my green and black strat project, Bison style. The Sonic 60s sound fabulous, although took some getting used to, very rich with a smooth but slightly unsettled overdriven sound. Pretty balanced, string to string, too- I love the mids. Bluesy almost in the way firebird pickups can be- through a dimed Silvertone or old Champ, say.

I tried detuning to D# and I liked them better, the harmonics got let loose! I have a feeling in a Jaguar or 24.75" (Burns scale?) fretboard these guys might shine in a way I like even better.

Anyway, just some first impressions- I tend to go for more unhinged raw tones, and I think these are gonna make me happy. Thanks again!

Mark Zepp - Sonic ’60 Set


The extra-width strat set has floored me with its clarity and depth of low end. I was a little apprehensive about Alnico 2 in a strat, for fear of losing bass definition, but the bass is very extended (the clue was in the name) without any muddiness. Using all 3 pickups in parallel is pretty amazing: I can get that thinned-out Prince kind of sound, with amazing pick definition. It's a swamp ash body and one-piece maple neck.

Harry Purser - ‘Extra Width’ Set


Hi Jaime, The pickups sound wonderful, many thanks :)

Krysalan Hawk - Mustang-90 Set


Hi Jamie, Just wanted to get in touch and say thanks for the pickups, I had my start back today from having them fitted and I can't believe how good they sound!! Better than i hoped for. Thanks again, I will recommend The Creamery to ever guitarist I know!

Andrew Pimblott - Custom ‘Extra Width’ Set


Hey there! ALL DONE! Pick ups sound great! Thank you so much!

Tobias Hayes - Sonic-Six P90 Set


Hi Jaime, The neck pickup really lends itself to blues/rock tone. Add some drive and it has a thick, clear tone, that breaks up nicely when pushed. I found the Fender stock SCN pickup to be characterless, it needed constant tone control adjustments between songs and styles. This pickup has instant gratification and character, that makes me want to play everything on the neck pickup. Regards!

Tim Redman - 43AWG 'Blues' Neck


I just wanted to say thanks for the pick ups you sent me fairly recently. I only had them installed a couple of weeks ago. After much judicious tweaking of the heights, I have found this guitar to be very very playable now.( It didn't feel so great before ).

It has a beautiful vocal quality and the sound is lovely.Nice and individual. It slots in wonderfully with my other main guitars...a 79 Strat and a USA Legacy G & L.

Plus the pick ups look sweet with the metal roller nut too. Your craftsmanship is fully appreciated.You've brought a fluidity to this guitar that wasn't there before.

Cheers & all the best to you.You don't have to reply.I just wanted you to know that I'm a happy customer.

Harpal Kallah - Sonic '60 Set (Alnico 2)


Well what can I say, somehow you managed to understand what I was looking for. Within seconds I had the sound I was looking for. My experiment has paid off and my 40 quid strat now sounds like a guitar. Superb work!!

Matt J - ‘Extra Width’ Set


Hey Jaime, Just installed the pickup and it's positively gorgeous. I can't believe how great this guitar finally sounds; it's always been a pretty lifeless student Fender. This Bronco absolutely sings with rich harmonics now and has finally learned how to "buck". It does both clean and dirt so beautifully, I am in awe. You are an evil genius my friend. All the best!!!

Gary Porter - Sonic '60 Bridge


Everything is installed. Wow, they sound great. Just the tones I was looking for. Played so long the first day I got it back my fingers hurt.

Lee Stites - ’59 Humbucker, ’64 Middle & Neck H-S-S Set


Dear Jaime, First of all, these pups ROCK!! I love them, they have delivered more than I expected. I really like the no 2 and 4 positions for cleans/dirty cleans, and 1,3 and 5 for higher gain settings.

Pater Sundstrom - Mustang-90 Set


I can tell you that they sound magnificent! They really retain the character of an normal single coil, but fatter. In an ideal world I would perhaps want even more of the P90, but the Mustang-90s still gives me the "strattyness" a P90 would not. So basically they are something in between a P90 and a strat single coil, and that was just what I was looking for. The 2 and 4 positions sound as the should, but I find that I use the bridge and the neck the most. They have that beefier sound that I would more expect from a P90. I haven't been able to use the bridge before in this guitar with high gain, so I very happy with the sound. I did retain the 250k pots, and I felt that was a good choice, 500k would have been too bright.

Peter Sundstrom - Mustang-90 Set


Hi jaime, I got it last thursday, had a couple of rehearsals and i can say i'm really satisfied with it. the sound is sharp, punchy, convex, bright enough and chimey enough, and very responsive to dynamics of strumming

Ante Senjanovic - Mustang-90 Set


Hi Jamie, I put the p90 in and it sounds great!

Ray Russell - Mustang-90 Bridge


Jaime It's plumbed in now and I just picked it up...sounds literally perfect, you nailed the sound in my head. Thanks so much,

Charlie Grant - Sonic ’60 Neck


Oh my god, your pickups are so clear and powerful. The bass notes are deep and the sustain is incredible. The strat pickups on my 94 are good (Seymour Duncan bridge) but nowhere near yours. Thank you for such a full and clear sounding guitar. Beautiful sound. Really, I am thrilled with them. They are fantastic

Simon Moules


The single coils from the Creamery sound so much more alive and really spur on my playing; from amazing clear bell-like whispering passing notes to tones that could bite the head off an angry Pitbull, the pickups handle it all! My 60’s Classic player Strat sounds so dull in comparison.

Mark Williams


The Strat pickups are exactly what I need ... they show Fender how theirs should sound

Anthony, Moose Guitars


EPIC MATE! they ring out for days - I can't say enough good things. They are so so good. I've never heard a guitar with so much tone. It's the perfect guitar now, the difference between pickups is staggering now!

Allan Hutchison


Nice job. I thought they sounded awesome too - good work. Its good to hear some replacement pickups which aren't just louder. I'll keep sending people your way!

Jack Ellis, Jack's Instrument Services


Got the new pickup fitted.....it sounds amazing !! Loads off oooomph but still retaining that great "tele" sound...........i love it! Thanks for everything. I'm spreading the word …. First outside gig with new pup yesterday - it sang! Thanks again Jaime!

Murray McDowell


I've had a good week to check out how the Classic '64 pickups sound now, and I really like them! I'm fussy too. But these are very detailed and I can hear each note when I play a chord, and complex chords are working very well. The overwinding on the neck pickup has worked out well too, all three pickups sound very even in the guitar. It is ridiculous that USA Strats come with deficient pickups, considering what they cost, but anyway, my guitar is fixed now.

Neil Newton


Awesome mate !!! The reversed middle has a superb sound ... and when i roll the tone back .... WOW !!! Just what i wanted! Cheers again

Murray McDowell


Just had the Classic 64s fitted. Very nice indeed..had some high praise from folk who have heard them

Stuart Russell


Hi Jaime, Just to let you know I have had the pups fitted on my start and that they are absolutely great.

David Parsons


The pickups are fantastic, I am really happy with them! They are so clean and yet powerful, warm and yet with bite, just perfect - thank you.They're SOOOOOOO GOOD!

Lutz E-P


Hi Jaime. Got them installed and they sound sweet - sounded fantastic last night at the gig. Cheers mate.

Gary Whitaker

 

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