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.

Lollar Gift Certificates! Just in time for the Holidays…

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Happy Holidays from Lollar Pickups

That’s right friends and neighbors… Lollar Gift Certificates are here. Having trouble deciding on just what you want for the holidays? Are you the person who has everything? The person who wants everything? Birthdays… Weddings… really REALLY sorry about that “thing”…? Well, just sit back and relax, dear patrons o’ the tone… we’re here to help.

Lollar Gift Certificates. The Best thing since EVER! You want ’em… we got ’em.

Call anytime, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, PST. We are ready, willing, and able to make your gift-giving (and getting) woes a thing of the past. 206-463-9838.

It’s the Holidays. Time to get wound up!

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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The Phoenix: A Collaboration between Scott Walker, Steve Kimock, John Cutler, and Jason Lollar

A special review of the new Phoenix, built by Scott Walker Guitars:

Lollar Blade Style pickups are featured on the "Phoenix"

Lollar Blade Style pickups are featured on the "Phoenix"

We wish Scott Walker, of Scott Walker Guitars, the best of luck with one of his newest releases – the Phoenix. This project actually started in 2007 with Scott and Steve Kimock, and a conversation about guitar ergonomics. Some time later in that ongoing conversation Steve contacted Jason to seek some advice about pickup design. Jason recalls that Steve had some specific goals in mind, and the two of them worked together to try to accomplish what Steve was “aiming” for.

Steve had purchased a number of Lollar pickups over time, including a few custom items. For example, Steve had liked the Charlie Christian blade style concept, and he had previously asked Jason to make a custom blade style pickup in a single coil design fairly similar to a Strat build. In other words, a taller pickup with a more focused, brighter sound. But for the project that eventually turned out to be the Phoenix, Steve became intrigued by the wider, flat shape of a Jazzmaster style pickup. Something that would be less bright than the tone that is created by a taller, narrower coil.

After the overall coil shape was identified, two more related elements came into clear view – the blade and its overall extension beyond the normal center-to-center outside string spacing. In other words, Steve wanted the blade to extend further beyond each side of the high and low strings so that there were no drop-outs when string-bending, and so there would be no drop in response in the high E string.

A blade style pickup can increase output and sustain

A blade style pickup can increase output and sustain

The blade itself is also an important feature of the pickups. The blade does two things that affect the overall function of the pickup. A ferrous (iron) based blade propagates the magnetically field differently than individual pole pieces. The blade also increases the inductance of the pickup. Inductance is a measurement of a pickup’s ability to convert the physical vibration of the string and convert it into and electrical signal. The end result is that the pickup will give you a fuller sound, a little more overall output, and a longer sustain as compared against a Fender style Jazzmaster pickup.

We wish Scott the best of luck with the new Scott Walker Guitars Phoenix. For more information on the guitar, you can go directly to the Scott Walker Guitars web site.

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