Customs, Repops, and Repairs, OH MY!

Custom built Lollar ES300 pickup

This ES 300 reproduction pickup was hand built from raw materials in-house at Lollar Pickups.

At Lollar, we’re one of the few places that actually makes pickups completely from scratch – we always have, always will. Whether it’s for a custom application or a vintage restoration, we have the tools and knowledge to fabricate almost anything in-house, from small repair/replacement parts to complete pickups.

This is a copy of a later version of the Gibson ES 300 pickup that we built recently for a restoration. The old tortoiseshell material Gibson used degrades over time and after decades it just crumbles to dust, so these solid tortoise pickups made from celluloid are often missing from the vintage instruments.

As seen in the picture below. two versions of the ES 300 pickups were made; a long and short. This one is the short of course, but we’ve made the long version too.

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Pickups And Steel Wool: An Amicable Separation.

Opposites Attract – Steel wool is the opposite of good for your pickups.

This picture shows how tiny ferrous pieces of steel wool (or iron shavings, in this case) are attracted to magnetic fields.

(Author’s note: As steel wool can be so harmful to pickups, we are not willing to risk the integrity of our pickups by allowing steel wool into the shop, even for photographic purposes. Because of this, I have used stock images for illustrative aides.)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to tell our customers that their beloved pickup has gone belly up because of something that was completely avoidable – the usual suspect; STEEL WOOL! In fact, more often than not, they themselves (or even their “reputable guitar tech”) are the ones to blame. Many times when my diagnosis of, “I’m sorry, but your pickup is dead – most likely due to all the steel wool in it. Unfortunately the only way to fix it is to completely re-wind it” solicits a response along the lines of, “How could that even happen? I don’t use steel wool near my pickups.”

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Onward to 2016…

Ruloph Die CutAs we move toward the end of 2015, let us take a moment to Thank YOU… our Friends, Customers, and Partners, for your constant encouragement and support. You make everything that we do possible… Believe it!

We will be out of the shop beginning 12-25-15, and return on 1-4-16. As always, our website will be open 24-7 for all of your shopping needs. Upon our return, we promise to ship your packages of tonal nirvana as soon as possible.

Here’s to a great 2015, and to an even better 2016! Until then… Gotta RUN!

Mustangs Revisited

We have been asked quite a few times over the years if we make a replacement for the stock pickups in Fender’s Reissue Mustang Bass, the answer was always, “Yes and no…”

Fender’s Reissue version of the Mustang Bass features slightly different dimensions than the original vintage version of the instrument. Until now there wasn’t a high quality replacement for the Reissues.

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Lollar Holiday Hours 2014. Bigger and Better than ever!

elfWell, once again the Holiday Season is upon us.  It’s been quite a year here at the Lollar compound… a fancy new location, exciting new offerings, and general fun in the sun. Of course, none of this would be possible without the amazing support we receive on a daily basis from YOU, our beloved Lollar fanatics. Please accept our humble thanks and gratitude.

We will be out of the shop beginning 12-24-14, and be back in action on 1-2-15. We will sneak back into the office on 12-29 and 12-30, just in case you really need some last minute Lollar-izing.

As always, our website will be available 24/7 for all of your Lollar needs.

Enjoy!