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What's your favorite boutique pickup winders in 2020?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Belltonenblues84, May 21, 2020 at 9:29 AM.

  1. Hanson

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    This is actually really cool. I would like to learn to do this someday.
     
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    It actually wasn't that difficult. I used a sewing machine motor, a wind counter (both from eBay), and a bunch of parts and wood from my workshop.
     
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  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster

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    That is part of the motor control. This motor was from a sewing machine, and that level was mounted under the machine to be activated by the operator's knee. The further you pushed it, the faster the motor goes. I suppose I should have just rewired that to a rotary control, but I just push it with my hand to control the speed. I could also just step on it if I was real lazy.
     
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    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

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    Tom Holmes
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    OX4
     
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    dbolt Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Fralin for me. I know what I’m getting.
     
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    CFFF Strat-Talker

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    Thank you . That is interesting. Some times I do think to try making my own pickups but I never do :)
     
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  7. fezz parka

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    Fezzter Pickups is closed. ;)
     
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  8. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah but...you stopped, right?
     
  9. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Winder or wind bag?

    JK. :p
     
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    Not for me. Just for everyone else.;)
     
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  11. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

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    :)I have Bare Knuckle ‘63s in one Strat, Rumpelstilskin Millers Daughter in another Strat and Wolfetones in my tele......love them all!
    The Wolfetone Bit$h in my tele (bridge) is really something special...imho
    They were the one’s that stayed....:cool:
     
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  12. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    One thing about it I shoot you straight.
    Whether you like it or not.
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hmmmmmstrrrrr. (Reads. Chuckle chuckle chucle..
     
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  14. unionjack515

    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    Over the last 18 months or so I’ve used pickups from these winders:

    OX4 (LPs)
    Haeussel (LPs, Teles)
    Fralin (Teles)
    Lollar (Strats)
    Cavalier (Teles)
    Mare (Teles)

    Fralin, Lollar and Haeussel get my votes for most consistent. Cavalier gets my vote (BY FAR) for most value. OX4s were a surprise as I change all of my humbuckers out for Haeussel 59s except the OX4s that came in a used R8 I bought...they stayed because they’re that good. And Mare has a mystique and they’re indeed special. Expensive and a long wait, but they’re special.
     
  15. Belltonenblues84

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    I have rumpelstiltskin black rope in my blackguard tele. Man does that thing sound damn good.

    A wolfetone meaner bridge p90 in my casino with a fralin short p90 neck pickup. Pure awesome sauce lol
     
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  16. Belltonenblues84

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    Man i wanted to get a set of cavalier 67 strat pickups for my Fernandes le-2g and was saddened that they don't make pickups anymore. I got two sets of ox4s the hot duane and dutchburst. I know they made strat pickups but i never used em. Don mare i got some super sports
     
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  17. Belltonenblues84

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    I just got back a email from Ron ellis about getting a set of his pickups. 525 a set and a 4 month wait right now. I heard a set of 50/60 pickups that sounded incredible. But 4 months? If i ordered now it would be here until like Halloween lmao.
     
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    I don't have much of an opinion since I've only tried a couple. But the Cavalier Fat Lion bridge pickup I put in my Tele is about perfect for me, and reasonably priced as well. Fat, treble twang with no ice pick. Rob provides a great service with his Tele offerings.
     
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  19. scooteraz

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    Not sure what constitutes boutique. Guitars are in and of themselves a bit of a boutique industry. Don’t really employ that many folks, overall. So, in such an industry, what is boutique. Fender, Gibson and PRS are big players. Does that make Music Man and G&L, for instance, boutique? And of the big players, are their custom shops boutique, or not?

    Having said that, it is interesting the Rio Grande hasn’t been mentioned yet; I don’t think they are that big, so I’m thinking they are in the boutique club. They used to be a hot thing, and several guitars I played with them in them were really nice (but for reasons not necessarily related to the pickups, nice enough to for me to add to the collection).

    However, a real small winder that i have used for truly custom pickups, is Zhangbucker. He made me a hybrid Tele bridge/Strat mid/neck set that had a low output coil tap and full winding close to P-90 outputs. I love those pickups. IIRC, he is a member here as well @Zhangliqun. Don’t know how active he has been recently. His website is still active. He encourages everyone who purchases from him to talk to him personally before ordering, so those are definitely boutique.
     
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