Here are some questions that I often get asked, and a few I added to clear up anything
Q. What spacings are available for humbuckers and what spacing do I need for my guitar?
Humbuckers come in 50mm and 53mm spacings. 50mm is standard for most guitars but 53mm (also known as F spacing) is needed for certain guitars. Generally speaking, guitars with tuneomatics, wrapovers and bigsbys take 50mm, so that includes Gibsons etc. Guitars with Tremolos pretty much always take a 53mm, so that’s all Fenders, Floyd Roses etc. If you aren’t sure what you need then simply put a ruler against your polepieces and measure the distance from the centre of one outside polepiece to the centre of the other.
Q. Do left handed guitars take left handed pickups?
Pickups aren’t orientated for left or right handed guitars. The only time it makes a difference is with vintage staggered pickups, this is because the 5th pole (B string) is lower than the others. If you want vintage staggered pickups for a left handed guitar then simply add that into the comment box when ordering and Ill build them accordingly!
Q. Whats the deal with 4 conductor wiring versus standard on Humbuckers?
As standard, Humbuckers come with an earth and a live setup known as 2 conductor. 4 conductor is when there are 4 wires (plus a common ground) which represent the start and finish of each coil. This configuration opens up many wiring options from coil taps to series wiring and a bunch of others when wired with switches. There is no extra charge for 4 conductor wiring.
Q. What does RWRP mean?
RWRP is shorthand for ‘Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity’. This means that the pickup is wound in the opposite direction to the others and also has the opposite magnetic polarity. What this does is creates humbucking settings when 2 pickups are used together. Positions 2 and 4 on a Stratocaster for example would be humbucking. They won’t sound like humbuckers but the background hum won’t be there.
Q. I play in a random ‘Nu-metal/Disco/Hipster’ band that no one has heard of. Would you like to endorse us?
No. Please stop spamming me with E-mails like this. I do endorsement deals but these are arranged with bands that I personally like and respect. Endorsement deals are not a simple way for a random band to get free stuff.
Q. I have some old pickups that aren’t working or the signal is really weak, can you fix them?
Absolutely! Pickups gradually loose their magnetism over years, plus a few decades of beer and sweat can take their toll. Write me an E-mail stating what the pickup(s) are and Ill let you know if I can help you. 99% of the time I can fix them but there are the odd few that require specialist machining or replacement parts that simply don’t exist anymore.
Q. Do you offer a gaurentee?
Yes I do. Every Pickup has a lifetime guarantee, if something does go wrong then post it to me and I will send it back fixed or replaced and refund you the postage. The Guarantee is voided under these conditions; If the pickup has been altered/mutilated, if the cover has been removed or if you aren’t the original owner.
Q. I’m a registered guitar builder, do you offer trade accounts?
I welcome guitar builders and can set up trade accounts. Being trained in Luthery myself gives me an edge where I can help identify what pickup will work best with the construction and materials of your builds. For builders to qualify for this, I will need evidence of a registered trading account scanned in or forwarded to me.
Q. I like the sound of your ___ model but its a little too hot/vintage for me, can you change it slightly for me?
Of course! I make each pickup to order for this exact reason. There are so many types of music and play styles that it would be impossible for me to have a wide enough catalogue to suit everyone. Generally there is no extra charge for customising, unless you want a component that costs more money or takes considerably longer to build. Simple rule here is if it doesn’t cost me more in time or money then it won’t charge you a penny more!