Good News Everyone! Premier Guitar Loves Lollars

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:

Bilt Guitars Zatfig – Regals

M-Tone SlipstreamP90’s

Jason Z. Schroeder Chopper TL “T-Pine”Special T’s

Fano PX4Thunderbirds

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 Tele Style Pickups

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.

The Lollar Special T Series set is one of our most popular tele style sets.

The Lollar Special T Series set is one of our most popular tele style sets.

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.

This combination set consists of the Lollar Special T Series bridge and the Lollar Vintage T Series neck.  It is another very popular choice.

This combination set consists of the Lollar Special T Series bridge and the Lollar Vintage T Series neck. It is another very popular choice.

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.

Lollar Reveals Secrets to the Tonal Universe

Well now, what is one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive on an ongoing basis?   It’s, “What in the world is in those Nash guitars…!!!…???”  Which is usually followed by a few positive “%#$%&**&^%$#’s” and “gotta get me some!” type comments.

Funny you should mention that.  In fact, that’s what Bill Nash did….he suggested we reveal which types of Lollar strats and teles go into his Lollar-equipped guitars.  In part, to save us all some time, but also in part to help you in your search for awesome tone.

So without further delay:

Lollar Nash Strat pickups are a hybrid set.  They consist of the Lollar Vintage Blonde ® series in the neck and middle positions, and the Lollar “Nash” strat in the bridge.  The Nash style strat bridge is a very slight variation of the Lollar Special S ® series.  For “off the shelf” ordering purposes, you would want to order the Lollar Blonde neck and middle, and the Lollar Special S for the bridge.  This hybrid combination is often referred to as our “Dirty Blonde” strat set.  Chime and sparkle from the neck and middle position pickups, plus a thicker tone and slightly higher output from the bridge position.  The best of both worlds, you might say.

Lollar Nash Tele pickups are also a hybrid set.  They consist of the Lollar Vintage T ® series in the neck, and the Lollar “Nash” tele in the bridge.  The Nash style tele bridge follows along the same lines as the Nash strat.  In other words, the Nash style tele bridge is a very slight variation of the Lollar Special T ® series bridge.  For “off the shelf” ordering purposes, you’ll want to order the Lollar Vintage T series neck and the Lollar Special T series bridge.

And there you have it.  Helping to expand the tonal universe, one player at a time.

And by the way, Thanks for asking!