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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.

Like a long tailed cat in a roadhouse full of Telecasters

Got a sqealing TeleCATster? We just might be able to help you out with that.

Got a squealing Tele-CAT-ster? We just might be able to help you out with that.

As a follow-up to our last post about pickup potting and the effect it can have on microphonics (which can be found here: http://www.lollarguitars.com/blog/2014/01/what_is_potting/), we thought we’d address the issue some players have with their Tele bridge pickup squealing like an angry cat. This can be caused by an overly microphinc pickup, the bridge plate, or both. We’re here to help you narrow down what is causing the problem and how to go about fixing it.

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If you don’t talk to your pickups about potting, who will…?

"I learned it from watching you..."

“I learned it from watching you…”

We will, that’s who!

Potting is the process of soaking the pickup in melted wax, in order to saturate the components, which will isolate them and reduce movement of the coils. Because of this, potted pickups have reduced likelihood of excessive handling noise, microphonic feedback or mechanical failure. However, if a pickup is potted too much, the pickup can often sound lifeless and dull, lacking character and “vibe”.

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It’s been a wonderful year…

Well, 2013 is almost over. Just this much more to go. We are taking a little time off to plan, stock, and organise sleep . We will be closed starting December 24th, 2013, and return to the shop on January 2nd, 2014. As always, our website will be open for your listening, watching and browsing pleasure.wonderful_life_rect

Please accept our humble Thanks and Gratitude for your continued support. We have the best customers friends in the world, and promise you many new and exciting things for 2014!

Happy Holidays!

Ain’t No Party Like a Gold Foil Party ‘Cause a Gold Foil Party Don’t Stop

We’re super stoked on the response we’ve received on our brand new Goil Foil pickups, you guys are awesome! We knew we had a winner on our hands but the reaction has been beyond fantastic. Many players and builders are so excited about the tonal possibilities and sexy looks that we keep getting killer pictures sent to us of in progress and finished builds! So we thought we share some of our favorites here on the old Lollar Blog. Send in some more and we’ll post ’em!

Bilt Volare – Custom made for Nels Cline:

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Creston Electric – Offset Gold Foil Custom

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Better Know a Builder: Creston Lea’s Water Tank Custom

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Here at Lollar Pickups, we love working closely with some of the best builders in the industry to find the right tone for their custom creations. So we thought we’d spotlight some of the unique builds and the thought process behind them. Next up is Creston Lea and his Water Tank Custom, which was built for Luke Doucet using our 50’s Wind P90’s

1. This guitar is has such an interesting design. Is this something Luke specifically wanted, or did you dream it up?

Luke was very specific about some things – neck dimensions, for instance – but wanted to be surprised by the final look. We emailed back and forth and he listed a few of my guitars which he especially liked. I’ve had really good luck with western red cedar bodies and mahogany / rosewood necks, so I’m sure I suggested that combination early on. I started by whitewashing the body but the old pickle brine stain was so dark, the whitewash looked pretty lousy sitting on top of it. I started sanding it off and, at a certain point, it began to look like something appealing – so I stopped sanding and started spraying clear lacquer. I wrestled with pickup cover and pickguard colors for a while, but ultimately settled on two from my precious, dwindling stash of white soapbar covers and a 1-ply white guard.

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