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Jag Panzer

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Tim, tell us about the pickup business
« on: April 14, 2005, 11:57:45 PM »
Tim, tell us about the pickup business.

Are the big guys (Duncan, EMG, DiMarzio) getting worried about your pickups?

Have you played any other handmade pickups like Wolfetone or Lindy Fralin?

Any guitar companies take notice of your pickups?


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Tim, tell us about the pickup business
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005, 10:34:20 AM »
To be honest Mark I don't really care what the bigger manufacturers think of what we're doing. I know the way they make their pickups and know the sounds - I don't like it so I make BKPs for people with hands AND ears :D

I've heard rumblings from all the major guys but if they've got that much time on their hands they should be playing guitar-me, I'm making pickups and when I'm not doing that I'm playing guitar. That's what it's about for me.

I have tried alot of the 'true' pickup guys work and alot of them are very good. I'm very taken with Tom Holmes work, they sound great. Jim Rolph makes a mean pickup too. Never got on with Fralins or WCR  for some reason but alot of players like them and they're made very well.

As for the big guys, well I don't rate anything that is mass produced when put up against a handwound pickup, not just my own. I do  think EMGs work well and are extremely consistent-hell you could fit one on a baseball bat, string it up and it'd sound the same. If that's what you want then great because it'll do the job although, again, not a patch on a handwound pickup if it's dynamics and tone you're after.

At the end of the day we're all different and hear things differently too. For me that's the appeal of a handwound pickup-within their individual spec they'll all have a character of their own............identity. It's what we all want isn't it?
BKP - "Wound, made and played the traditional way --- by hand!" Amen.