The design of this pickup started when a player told me that he wanted to replace the pickup in his guitar. He didn’t live in Spain, so we communicated via email. After he measured a few things, I saw that it was possible to make it, but it was going to be a custom pickup. The first thing that was uncommon was the string spread. It was around 46 mm, which is very little. The thickness was limited also. However, he said that it would be possible to extend the pickup in width and length, and that’s what I did. I reduced the thickness, made the coils larger (although lower) and started to redesign with the objective of saving space, so that it was not excessively wide or long. I thought of a new method to make a thinner wooden case, and also smaller polepieces. Also, as always, I used coils without shoulders, where everything is copper except the bakelite core. The result was amazing, so I decided to make a more conventional version with a polepiece spread of 50 mm, which is what you have here.
I have tried to get other things right:
- The case is polished wood, which looks better than the plastic cases that are the norm with these pickups. Except when requested, I don’t use wax or lacquer, just the polished wood, and I can use ebony, rosewood and many other species. I can even laminate different species to reproduce for example the fretboard binding.
- This pickup is made to be attached to the pickguard by means of a tab that is part of the case, so you can use the wood glue of your choice. The tab can be shimmed, filed, sanded or drilled because there are no wires near its surface.
- The pole pieces are adjustable. This is very important for jazz guitar pickups because many jazz players use bronze strings which need different pole piece adjustments.
- The output wire is placed at one side so that you don’t have problems with it hitting the top (it can be placed at the other side for left handed players).