Lollar Pickups Blog

Welcome to the Lollar Pickups Blog, where we discuss in detail the finer points of Lollar Pickups and share the latest news from the Workbench.

Kortmann Bridges and Lollar pickups

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Kortmann bridge for the Lollar Chicago Steel

Attention Lollar Tone-heads… our friends at Kortmann Guitars have come up with some beautiful new bridges, designed with Lollar pickups in mind! Jason has checked them out personally, and gives them a resounding thumbs up. Good Stuff!

You can check out these and other great products here. And please, tell them Jason and Stephanie sent you.

The Regal has landed…

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Hey now… to all of you Deluxe and Custom Wide Range tone-heads, here you go. It’s Regal time:

The Lollar Regal Humbucker

Thanks for all of your patience. Enjoy!

The “Regal” is getting closer…

“The waiting is the hardest part”… I’m sure we’ve heard that somewhere before.

We promise… we’re almost there. We just need a few more custom parts to make it to our front door, and we can turn Jason and our crew of Master Builders loose on what has turned out to be the most anticipated pickup in our history. Who knew? Jason has wanted to build the “Regal” for years, and we expected some of you die-hards to be interested, but WOW! The response so far has been off the charts. We REALLY appreciate your patience, and promise it will be worth the wait.

The Lollar Regal humbucker

The Lollar Regal humbucker

Retail will be $200.00 each… necks and bridges, custom wound to their specific locations. For those of you who missed them, here are some down and dirty clips (clean-Fender Princeton / Dirty – 65 amps London – color channel with boost. 250K pots):

Lollar Wide Range Bridge, Dirty

Lollar Wide Range Bridge, Clean

Lollar Wide Range Neck and Bridge, Dirty

Lollar Wide Range Neck and Bridge, Clean

Lollar Wide Range Neck, Dirty

Lollar Wide Range Neck, Clean

Thanks again for all of your patience and support. Stay tuned…

Lollar Version of Wide Range Humbucker Available Soon

The Fender Wide Range style humbucker is an important part of many Fender guitars that incorporate a humbucker in their design. In 2004 Fender re-issued a number of guitars that use the wide range humbucker, including the Telecaster Deluxe, the Telecaster Thinline, and the Tele Custom. These re-issue era Fender wide range humbuckers are different than the original Fender wide range humbuckers – in terms of internal construction and sound.

Jason Lollar with prototype Wide Range Humbuckers.  These will soon be available with your choice of nickel, chrome, or gold covers.

Jason Lollar with prototype Wide Range Humbuckers. These will soon be available with your choice of nickel, chrome, or gold covers.

After several years of research (and debating if the cost of tooling would be worth it), we’ve come up with a reproduction of the wide range pickup that sounds and functions almost identically to the originals. In fact, we actually prefer ours. The Lollar version of the wide range humbucker style pickup sounds a little bit clearer than the vintage version. Partly because our pickup covers are made out of slightly thinner material, which reduces the dampening of tone that metal pickup covers can sometimes cause. The original Fender wide range humbuckers had the same winding specs for the neck and bridge. We’ve decided to vary ours a little from neck to bridge, for better volume and tone balance.

These Lollar wide range humbucker prototypes have been developed and tested extensively.  They will go into production in a few short weeks.

These Lollar wide range humbucker prototypes have been developed and tested extensively. They will go into production in a few short weeks.

We make the custom sized bobbins in our shop. The covers, base plates, lead wire, and magnet wire are made to spec for us in the US. Our new covers will be engraved with the Lollar logo and will be available in nickel, chrome, and gold.

The new Lollar wide range humbucking style pickups will likely be available in early September. Make sure to watch this blog for more information – we will announce when they are ready for purchase.

In the meantime, listen to these sound clips of the new Lollar Pickups wide range humbucker:

Lollar wide range humbucker neck, clean.

Lollar wide range humbucker neck, dirty.

Lollar wide range humbucker neck and bridge, clean.

Lollar wide range humbucker neck and bridge, dirty.

Lollar wide range humbucker bridge, clean.

Lollar wide range humbucker bridge, dirty.

Sound File Gear: Clean files were played on a Fender Princeton – 12″ speaker. Dirty files were played on a 65 Amps London – color channel with boost. The pickups were installed with 250K pots (stock on reissue).
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Lollar Johnny Smith Style Pickup Now Available in Pickguard Mount

We have added a second installation option for our Johnny Smith style humbucker pickups.

They are now available in a pickguard style mount, in addition to our standard version with the wrap-around style U-shaped bracket.

Lollar Johnny Smith style pickup - now available in a pickguard mount.

Lollar Johnny Smith style pickup - now available in a pickguard mount.

As the name suggests, the pickguard style mount attaches to the pickguard via the straight tab that protrudes from the underside of the pickup.

The straight tab is an extension of the Johnny Smith style pickup's base plate.

The straight tab is an extension of the Johnny Smith style pickup's base plate.

You can see in this photo that the tab itself is an extension of the pickup’s base plate. As a result, it provides for a very solid attachment to the guitar.

This new installation type is available in both cover styles – nickel and gold.

For even more details, including sound clips, follow this link to our Lollar Humbucker Pickups page. Once you’re there, scroll down toward the bottom for additional information on the Lollar Johnny Smith style humbucker.

The new pickguard mount Lollar Johnny Smith style humbucker will be available for on-line purchase within a few weeks.  In the meantime, feel free to call us at (206) 463-9838 to place a phone order.

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