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.

Best Selling Lollar P-90 Style Pickups

This article is third in a series of discussions about best selling Lollar pickups. This session will feature our best selling Lollar P-90 style pickups.

Lollar P-90 Pickups:

The Lollar P-90 is really the “flagship” Lollar pickup, and is often considered “the” pickup that began to draw customers’ attention to Lollar pickups.

Lollar P90 soapbar sets are a strong favorite.

Lollar P90 soapbar sets are a strong favorite.

Our best selling P-90 is the standard wind soapbar style pickup. In fact, we sell over twice as many of this particular model of P-90 than all of our other p-90 pickups combined. That includes all of the other soapbar and dogear models that make up our entire list of P-90 stock models.

Many of the builders we work with install the Lollar standard wind P-90 soapbar sets. Some of these builders include Collings, Godin, Heritage, and National Resophonic.

In fact, as an historical tidbit, it was National Resophonic that was the first established guitar builder that purchased a small run of Lollar P-90 soapbar pickups for use in one of their electric instruments. Since that original purchase in 2002, the Lollar P-90 soapbar has continued to be original equipment on the National Resophonic “Resoelectric” guitar.

For more specific information on our standard P-90 follow this link to Lollar P-90 pickups. And, as we’ve mentioned before, there is really no “wrong” answer when making your individual pickup choice. Each model of Lollar pickups has its own unique advantages. Our best advice is to decide what you’d like to accomplish for the specific project or instrument you are working on, and then base your decision on what’s right for you.

Next week’s discussion about best selling Lollar pickups will focus on best selling Lollar humbuckers.

Selecting the Correct Lollar P-90 Dogear Pickups

Selecting the Correct Lollar P-90 Dogear Pickups:

The P90 Dog Ear is one of the most problematic pickups to determine which a guitar needs. They also can be difficult to install and adjust.

Some guitars have the strings higher off the body than others, if the neck joint is like a traditional archtop with a fingerboard extension, the guitar will often take a tall Dog Ear (my stock item).

If the guitar has a neck joint like a Gibson ES 335, the fingerboard is at the same level as the top of the guitar so it needs a short Dog Ear.

I make a short version—I don’t think anyone else does other than Korea. The short Dog Ear cover is .2” tall with pole spacing of 1 7/8”. The tall pickup cover is .452” tall with pole spacing of- 1 31/32”.

ES 5, ES 295’s and early ES 175’s use tall Dog Ears. ES 330’s use a short neck and a tall bridge.

Older ES 125’s needs a pickup that is neither short nor tall and needs to be custom made. I do not supply pickup covers for these; you have to re-use the old cover.

I make plastic shims in crème or black that are exactly the shape of the bottom of the dog ear cover. The crème shim is only available in .1” thick. The black is available in .0325,” .0625,” .1,” .125,” and .25” thickness. You can stack the shims if they need to be thicker.  Sometimes you have to make a riser block out of wood like on the old 295 bridge pickup. There is also a shim that is “oversized” for use when you are installing a dogear style pickup into a guitar that has been routed for a humbucker sized pickup. It spans the extra width of the humbucker route, and adds an extra distance of 3/32” all the way around. It’s cut out of 1/32” thick material.

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