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Metalmaker
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#1
So there are multiple boutique pickup brands that make pups that, more often than not, blow seymour duncan and dimarzio out of the water

this is normally due to the way they are made. i.e. They're made with higher quality material, handmade by experts, etc.

I made this thread to inform those who want info about these great companies, and the work they're doing, as well as for owners of these products to claim their badassery here while they speak about their pups

I will also mention some of the different brands i know of, the pups they offer, and what each is good at or like, with the help from any owners occasionally

hopefully this will inform people and be a way for people to take pride in their gear

a few rules
1. feel free to brag, but try not to go overboard, this is for informational purposes, like submitting a review
2. If you have any pups, did have any, or have otherwise dealt with any boutique pickup manufacturer, please do include details, knowing that some product from some company sometime sucked, doesn't really help
3. when you say what you have, try to describe the product compared to some other product, like the pups that were stock


THE COMPANIES (TO BE EDITED AS NEEDED)

Bare Knuckle Pickups
Rock Monkey Guitars
Motor City Pickups
WCR Pickups
Iron Gear Pickups
Lindy Fralin Pickups
Lollar Pickups
Rio Grande Pickups
Zhangbucker Pickups
Bill Lawerence Pickups
BG Pups
Manlius Pickups
Bulldog Pickups


OTHER RESOURCES:
info on how pickups work: http://buildyourguitar.com/resources/lemme/
Rio Grande Pups specs: http://www.riograndepickups.com/specs.htm

if anyone knows of a website that shows different tones etc from different magnets, post and i will add
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
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Last edited by Metalmaker at May 11, 2010,
Metalmaker
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#2
Due to the massive amount of products overall, I will not go into grand detail about the pickups from each maker, but will instead post other information about pickups, etc.


From Tim Mills at Bare Knuckle Pickups:

"Magnets do add to the character of a pickup although it must be
understood that a magnet doesn't have a sound on it's own, it
contributes by the way it accentuates certain frequencies as current is
produced in the coil windings.
*Alnico II *is the softest and generally has a smooth bass and treble
although this is more pronounced the hotter the windings get.
*Alnico III* is very transparent, low output and clean,sounds great for
rounded fat jazz applications-typical of '50s tone.
*Alnico IV *is probably the best vintage tone IMHO(for humbuckers) and
along with II and III was used in the earliest PAFs-this is a fact and
not myth as we've had them analysed and a collegue of mine has also seen
original Gibson purchase orders that clearly state AIV bar stock being
purchased.The tone of AIV is balanced and extremely organic, it produces
the most authentic vintage tone and sits better in slightly hotter
vintage winds than AII which tends to get very soft in the bass and
highs if used incorrectly.
Finally *Alnico V* is the hottest producing more highs and lows, great
for rock applications or where power and cut are important.
Different companies use different grades for personal reasons, we use
all of the applicable Alnico grades to suit the correct design, both to
be historically correct but more importantly to have the best sound.
Changing magnets in a humbucker can give dramatic results, you soon find
the ones that really don't sit right and others that are head and
shoulders better.Obviously you can't swap out single coil magnets as
they're integral to the coil form.
I've personally spent a lot of time voicing all the BKP range with the
correct magnets but I do tweak and swap sometimes on consultation with a
customer with a specific requirement
."

Also from Tim:
On any given wire gauge the higher the DC resistance the lower the
resonant peak - so a higher DC resistance coil will produce a darker
tone than a lower DC resistance coil of the same wire.


From Rock Monkey Web site:

Ceramic magnets: Higher highs and more lows than any alnico magnet, tends to also have higher output, so very suitable for hard rock or metal

Neodymium magnets: The highest output of all. Even "low output are hot by alinco standards, and they have even more highs and lows tending to sound very open and wide. Very modern sounding, not good for a "vintage" sound

Wires: Enamel= more vintage classic sound, while more modern wire= wetter, less airy tone
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
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Last edited by Metalmaker at May 17, 2010,
RocknRory
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#3
Rio Grande is a cool boutique pickup maker, don't know much about them though, this is a good thread if people post, will provide lots of information. I would love some reviews of different Bare Knuckles for different styles, like which one to get that could range from light rock to Metal, etc.
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#4
I use a bareknuckle nailbomb in the bridge of my schecter blackjack. Packs much power =)
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#5
I love BKP's, everything in the link in my sig is recorded with some.
I've tried:
Yardbirds, my favorite tele pickup, just sound wonderful for everything.
Piledrivers, not as good as the yardbirds for the bridge, but the neck pickup was wonderful for cleans, truly amazing glassy cleans.
Mississippi Queen (bridge), again, fantastic pickup. The P90 sounds great for clean, hard rock & fuzz. I get a mean ass rock tone with this in my hofner going into the Matamp
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I have a Vintage Vibes Guitars HS-90, a humbucker sized P-90, in the neck of my axe and it sounds wonderful. Round, chimy cleans and smooth, buttery driven sounds. Pete, the owner of the company, is a great guy and his customer support is top-notch.

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#8
Ben why didn't you like the pile driver bridge?
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Quote by AcousticMirror
Ben why didn't you like the pile driver bridge?


I think it's because it was a little too tight for my tastes. It's been so long since I used it I'm not really sure anymore, just know it wasn't for me.
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ah kk. I'm getting one this week. Hope I like it.
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Quote by AcousticMirror
ah kk. I'm getting one this week. Hope I like it.


To go in what?

Also, how did you like the Rebel Yells? I'm trying to pick up an SG and I'm looking for something to throw in there.
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#12
I like them fine but not hot enough or dark enough for me.
they are still for sale.

The piledrivers are going in my tele. you've seen my tele.
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#13
IronGear are considered "boutique"?
I just bought one for 25 pounds for my planned guitar build. I didn't know they were particularly sought-after.
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Quote by AcousticMirror
I like them fine but not hot enough or dark enough for me.
they are still for sale.

The piledrivers are going in my tele. you've seen my tele.


I thought that's where the Sinner lived?
Or is the Sinner too much output?

TS, add Bulldog pickups, from what I've heard they do good stuff.
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#16
no love for bill lawrence or joe barber?

thems nailbombs. slightly underwound so they are more balanced between the two.

Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
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#17
I have several Zhangbucker pickups. They are handwound in vintage form by David Plummer in Cali. His website is www.zhangbucker.com. I have his:

p-90's - they are quite nice with a good combination of grit and clarity. Compared to the p-90's that came in my prs, they are much sweeter, with much more note definition.

Humbucker - The one I have is a little unorthodox, but it was custom wound to mate with the p-90's. It's 7.5k A3, and is a great humbucker. It's open and airy with single coilish spank. it is very much good.

tele pups - I have a "Paul Bunyan" high output bridge with a standard output neck. Both are A5. They are just awesome pickups. I typically don't like A5 pickups, as I find them quite bright, but these are hands down the best - the best tele pups i have ever heard (compared to fralin, lollars, duncans, bill lawrence, etc). The neck is smoky and great for blues tones and neck lead lines, and the bridge is like 10.5k of BEEFY tele twang. I mean these pups are stunning.

I'm having him wind me a strat set as we speak. David is a great guy to work with, and he spends time talking with his customers about what sound they have in their head, and he will tweak your pickups after you get them if they weren't quite what you were looking for.

Oh, and did i mention his prices are very competitive and often even cheaper than the massed produced people.

I know this review seems glowing, but his stuff is just that good.
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#18
Cool thread

What would be a good boutique humbucker pup for a nice vintagy, bluesy sound that goes good with light overdrive but heavy fuzz for like stoner rock/metal?
Metalmaker
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#19
@ gregs1020
nice guitar, driskill or prs?

@Acoustic Mirror
thanks for additions, and if you could, add any info or thoughts on the Bare Knuckles?
also, what pups are they? some are self explanitory, but just to be sure, what all are they, how'd you get them configured etc

@ All posts thus far
thanks so far
Ibanez RG5EX1
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Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

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Last edited by Metalmaker at May 11, 2010,
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#20
it's a 03 mccarty
my take on these nailbombs
a friend of mine jorge ordered these over the phone, they wound this pair a bit less than most so it's probably not what others really have. this was done to balance them neck/bridge volumewise. these are dark, clear and have great tone when split. anyone notice that as an issue or is he on the bullshit?
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
Last edited by gregs1020 at May 11, 2010,
Metalmaker
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#22
so just wondering, anyone care to compare any of the boutique pickups to seymour duncans or dimarzio's on a quality vs price standard?

like for example

most stock, especially for brands like epiphone or fender
the value vs cost is about average, because they are stock after all, but they tend to be rather not great either way

but most would describe dimarzio super distortions to be a major upgrade for a relatively small price margin, while some pickups, like some guitars, must be overpriced, due to narrow appeal or use

care to make this comparison about any pickups from a boutique maker?
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
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#23
I feel the need to inform you that your list pales in comparison to mine.

Aero Instrument Pickups
http://www.aeroinstrument.com/pickups.html

Amalfitano Pickups
www.amalfitanopickups.com

Angeltone Electronic
www.angeltone.com

Bare Knuckles
http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/

Bartolini Pickups
http://www.bartolini.net/

BG Pickups
http://www.norcalguitars.com
http://www.bg-pups.com/

Brandon Wound Pickups
http://www.brandonwoundpickups.com/

Bulldog Pickups
http://www.bulldogpickups.com/

Chandler Guitars
http://www.chandlerguitars.com/

Copperhead Pickups
http://www.copperheadpickups.com

Curtis Novak Guitars and Pickups
http://www.curtisnovak.com

DeArmond pickups
www.dearmondguitars.com/pickups.html

Don Mare Pickups
http://www.donmarepickups.com/

DragonFire Guitars
http://www.dragonfireguitars.com/

Fralin Pickups
http://www.fralinpickups.com/

Gadow Hand Wound Pickups
http://www.gadowguitars.com/gadow-hand-wound-pickups.html

GFS Pickups
http://store.guitarfetish.com/pickups.html

Guitarforce Pickups
http://www.guitarforcepickups.com

Harmonic Design
http://www.harmonicdesign.net/

Hanson Pickups
http://www.hansonpickups.com/

Haeussel Pickups
http://www.haeussel.com/

High Order Pickups
http://www.highorderpickups.com/

Iron Gear
http://www.irongear.co.uk/

James Reed Pickups
http://reedjamescustom.com/

Juicy Pickups
http://www.juicypickups.com

Joe Barden Engineering
http://www.joebarden.com

J. M. Rolph
http://www.jmrolph.com/

J S Morre Pickups
http://www.tonefordays.com/

Kinman
http://www.kinman.com

Kloppmann Electrics
http://www.kloppmann-electrics.de/index_en.php

Klein Pickups
http://www.kleinpickups.com/

Lollar Guitar Pickups
http://www.lollarguitars.com/

Lundgren Guitar Pickups
http://www.lundgren.se/

Manlius Guitar Pickups
http://www.manliusguitar.com/

Mojo Pickups
http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/pickups.asp?id=65960&s=Custom%20Wound

Motor City Pickups
http://motorcitypickups.com/

O.C. Duff Pickups
http://www.ocduffpickups.com/

Patrick McDonald Handwound Pickups
Link unknown

Pure Tone Pickups
http://www.pure-tone.com

Raw Vintage
http://www.rawvintage.com

Rio Grande Pickups
http://www.riograndepickups.com/

Rock Monkey
http://www.rockmonkeyguitars.com/

Rockfield Pickups
http://www.rockfieldpickups.com/

Rocketfire Pickups
http://www.1stgearmusic.com/rocketfirescatterwoundvintagesinglecoilstratpickups.aspx

Rose Pickups
http://www.rosepickups.com/

Rumpelstiltskin Pickups
http://www.rumpelpickups.com/

S.K. Guitar Specialities
http://www.skguitar.com

Sheptone
http://www.sheptone.com/hum.htm

Shed Pickups
http://www.shedpickups.com

Skatterbrane
https://www.skatterbrane.com

Sky Pickups
http://www.guitarparts.com

Sidewynder Pickups
http://www.sidewynder.co.uk

Smit's Hand Wound Pickups
http://www.smitspickups.com/

Stan Hinesley Handwound Pickups
http://www.stanhinesleypickups.com/

Stephen Design
http://www.sdpickups.com/

Suhr Pickups
http://www.suhrguitars.com/pickups.aspx#Hums

Swineshead Pickups
http://www.swinesheadpickups.co.uk/

Throbak Electronics & Pickups
www.gundrymedia.typepad.com/

Timpson Music
http://www.timpsonmusic.com/html/tdm_pickups.html

Toneworks Custom Pickups
http://www.toneworks.co.uk/

Toneriders
http://www.tonerider.com/

Torres Engineering
http://www.torresamps.com/pickups.htm

TV Jones Guitars & Pickups
http://www.tvjones.com/

Voodoo Pickups
http://www.voodoopickups.com/

WB Custom Pickups
http://www.wbpickups.com/

WCR
http://www.wcrguitar.com/

Witkowski Guitars
http://www.witkowskiguitars.com

Wizard Pickups Ltd
http://www.wizardpickups.co.uk

Wolfe Tone
http://www.wolfetone.com

Zhangbucker Pickups
zhangbucker@yahoo.com

Have fun.
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chip46
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#24
I've got a set of Lindy Fralin Vintage Hots in my partscaster.



I'd have to say that this set from Fralin is one of the most versatile single coil pickup sets I've ever played in any guitar. I'm a gigging musician in a band and we cover music ranging from the '50's all the way up to modern stuff, mainly staying the in classic rock stuff, with a few originals thrown in.

The VH's handle everything with ease, and what's best is they are really quiet! They're not advertised as noiseless pickups, and they aren't, but they are about as close to being noiseless as you can get in a standard single coil. Only when I crank the gain really hard do you hear any hiss.

Up until I got my Agile, I was basically using my partscaster for every song, and the Fralins handled everything easily. Of course they're best suited for '50's music up to about 70's, and some modern stuff too. I'd really recommend them for a rhythm guitarist (like myself) first of all. They're great for lead stuff too, but they sound sooooo sweet when strumming some chords.

Edit: I feel I need to mention that my set has the optional bass plate added to the bridge pickup. If you're looking at any of his sets I think it's an option that shouldn't be overlooked.

I feel I've typed too much now But there's an overview.
Last edited by chip46 at May 18, 2010,
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#25
I've got a set of Rock Monkey pickups in my strat, really love them. Don't have that much experience with pickups, they're definitely an improvement on the Fender 57/62 pickups I had before, really great sound.

I've got 62 smooth grooves in the neck and middle and the warm gorilla groove in the bridge for a warmer tone.
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#26
Quote by ragingkitty


Zhangbucker Pickups
zhangbucker@yahoo.com


zhangbucker pickups can now be found at www.zhangbucker.com
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#27
I've got a RockMonkey Vintage Original and Smooth Heritage and they are geat pickups. Chris (corduroyEW) is extremely helpful and knows craploads of information on pickups.
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#29
Idon't consider Iron Gears to be boutique pickups, they are mass produced overseas.

I have had WCRs, Wolfetones and Seymour Duncan Antiquities (though idk if those count necessarily as "boutique"), all were very good in their own ways.
Last edited by al112987 at May 18, 2010,
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Quote by al112987
Idon't consider Iron Gears to be boutique pickups, they are mass produced overseas.

I have had WCRs, Wolfetones and Seymour Duncan Antiquities (though idk if those count necessarily as "boutique"), all were very good in their own ways.


antiquities count as boutique in my opinion...they are exceptional pickups with serious mojo, and no one else does em that way...
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Amps - Vox Night train, Traynor ygm-4

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Quote by al112987
Idon't consider Iron Gears to be boutique pickups, they are mass produced overseas.

I have had WCRs, Wolfetones and Seymour Duncan Antiquities (though idk if those count necessarily as "boutique"), all were very good in their own ways.


I was just lazy to remove it from the list.
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#33
There used to be a guy in Australia called MasterTone.
Tony made one of the best Active pickups, but he's gone now.

By the way, thanks for including me in the list.
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#34
^ Good to see more boutique guys frequenting these forums.

I'm enjoying the gold A2 Marshallheads thoroughly.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
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Quote by WolfeMacleod
By the way, thanks for including me in the list.


Wolfetone is a member of UG???!!! An old one too!

I liked your Fenris btw, managed to try it on an Ibanez I was rewiring, it has a most epic bottom end boom.

Do you do custom winds? I was think of asking if you could do a custom wind set based on the Blisterbucker for an Ibanez I have.
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#36
Quote by ragingkitty
Wolfetone is a member of UG???!!! An old one too!

I know, I was surprised as well.

I've seen him on TGP, MetroAmp and LPF, but never here before.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
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#37
Quote by bubb_tubbs
I know, I was surprised as well.

I've seen him on TGP, MetroAmp and LPF, but never here before.


I'd always imagined that boutique winders are busy fulfilling orders to the extent that they can't frequent forums.
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#39
Wow I had no idea wolfe was on this site. Pretty cool...
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#40
I'll be honest, while I love the newer boutique pickups, it's kind of harsh to leave out Duncan and DiMarzio when they were the ORIGINAL boutique pickup shops. If you think they can't compete then you have to try out some models other than the SD and JB. For DiMarzio the Breed Bridge packs as much wallop and sounds as clear as any boutique pickup twice the price. Duncans I'm less fond of but you can't ignore that they paved the way for all of the new companies. Though the Bareknuckle Mule is seriously epic.
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