As we’ve demonstrated time and time again on this blog and our Facebook page, we love unique and beautiful guitars that house Lollar Pickups. From Fano to Rhoney to M-Tone, we are blown away by some best builders in the biz using Lollar to bring the tone to their incredible designs. We wanted to share luthier Marc Connelly’s wild take on the Telecaster, know as the ‘Blastercaster’ – a guitar sold at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museaum Gala and Auction for a cool $11,000! Let’s hear from Marc himself about this one-of-a-kind instrument:
A 4-way switch mod for Tele style guitars has always been a fun, “secret sauce” menu item for discerning guitar players. We don’t offer a pickup set that will work with it as a standard option but if you ask nicely we just might make one for you…
The standard three-way-switch gives you the three classic Tele position we all know and love. Neck pickup alone, neck + bridge in parallel, and bridge pickup alone – A tone formula that’s had the ladies swoonin’ and shakin’ since 1951. The 4-way Tele mod (TELE 4 WAY PDF) introduces a new position, the neck and bridge combo in series, which can give any Tele player a bit more versatility.
Premier Guitar unveiled their 2012 Premier Gear Awards (check it out here), and we couldn’t be prouder that the only individual pickup chosen for this prestigious honor is our El Rayo humbucker! This recognition is especially sweet because the pickup isn’t based on any vintage designs, we set out to create something unique that players would love. Mission accomplished! And not only are we proud of our El Rayo being mentioned, we were blown away by the sheer number of builders and guitars mentioned that use our pickups for their wonderful instruments. We love working with all these amazing luthiers to bring their tone visions to life. Here’s a rundown of the instruments honored and what Lollar pickups they use:
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.
This is the second blog in a series of discussions about best selling Lollar pickups. Today we’ll cover our best selling Lollar tele pickups.
Lollar Tele Pickups:
A discussion of Lollar tele style pickups is a bit more accurate if we talk about favorite combinations of necks and bridges. The reason for this is because our customers often like to “mix and match” our different tele style pickups.
Our best selling stock Lollar tele bridge is the Lollar Special T Series® bridge. We sell more of these bridges than any of our others. There are 2 favorite combinations that include this choice for the bridge position.
The first combination is the Lollar Special T Series bridge plus Lollar Special T Series neck. In other words, simply a Lollar Special T Series set. A second popular combination is the Lollar Special T Series bridge plus the Lollar Vintage T Series® neck.
It is generally a “tie” when it comes to which of these stock combinations is more popular. Some months we sell more straight Lollar Special T Series sets, and some months we sell more combination sets consisting of the Lollar Special T bridge plus the Lollar Vintage T neck.
In our previous blog about best selling Lollar strat style pickups, we mentioned the popularity of the Lollar “Dirty Blonde” strat set which is a combination set consisting of the Lollar Special S bridge and Lollar Blonde neck and middle. It is interesting to point out that there is a similar pattern with teles. The combination tele style set made up of the Lollar Special T bridge plus Lollar Vintage T neck is also popular for one of the same reasons that make the Dirty Blonde set so popular: That is, Nash Guitars.
If you wanted to order what you hear in a Nash tele style guitar equipped with Lollars, you would want to order the Lollar Special T Series bridge and the Lollar Vintage T Series neck. For more detail on this Nash style combination for tele, take a look at the previous posting about Lollar Pickups and Nash Guitars.
One last question that is worth addressing: What is the most popular choice to go along with the Lollar Charlie Christian neck for telecaster? Answer (which you may have already guessed): The Lollar Special T Series bridge.
And again a reminder, these are current purchasing trends. Ultimately there is no “wrong” answer. It still all boils down to your personal preference and what tone you are seeking for the particular project or instrument. As you know, we sell a variety of Lollar tele style pickups. Each of them has its own unique characteristics and advantages. For more details and sound clips, follow this link to read more specific information about each of the various Lollar tele style pickups.
Next week we will look at best selling Lollar P-90 style pickups.