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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.

A Humbucker By Any Other Name

Humbucker… What’s in a word?

The basic construction of a “traditional” humbucker style pickup hasn’t changed much over the years, but the various recipes yield vast differences in tone

The term humbucker probably brings to mind the “Gibson” sound, or rather – and more specifically –  the “Patent Applied For” or “P.A.F.” sound. The pickups made by Gibson in this narrow time frame, spanning from the late ’50s to early ’60s (though the patent was officially awarded in 1959) have become synonymous with what a humbucker “should” sound like. Never mind the fact that rarely would you ever find two P.A.F.-era pickups that share the same exact sound, but that’s a whole other topic unto itself. Because of this, what is now considered a traditional humbucker has become as much form as it is function.

P.A.F. (Patent Applied For) style pickups have become the ubiquitous humbucker, even though today, many humbuckers that may look similar to the original sound very little like the source of inspiration.

 

 

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Hindsight is 20/17

And just like that, another 365 days have come and gone…

As 2017 rolls to a close, we look back with nothing but smiles and appreciation for all the wonderful things that have happened here at Lollar Pickups – and, perhaps, a little bit of relief to be on the other side of some of the tunnels, so to speak. Continue reading

I’d Like To Go On Record And Say…

We’re pretty excited about what we have on the horizon here at Lollar Pickups!

Engineer: "That one was pretty good too, but I think we can get better, let's try another take? 'Mane Event' guitar solo, take 43..."  Lion: "I think we should take a lunch break, you look delicious... I MEAN HUNGRY... you look HUNGRY!"  Engineer: "I think we got everything we need. That's a wrap, everyone! Let's call this one done!"

We’ve Upgraded our in-house recording facilities to offer everything anyone could want in sound clips; more, better, and faster!

 

 

But seriously, it's almost 2018 and we're just NOW getting a computer-based recording setup?!?

Sleep long, sweet prince. You’ve served us well, but your time to rest has come.

In the past, all of our sound clip recordings were made in our employee break room on an old standalone Tascam DP 01 digital Portastudio multitrack recorder that we picked up circa 2005. While the DP 01 was pretty cool way back when “Dubyah” was still in the Oval Office, now days it seems a little… antiquated.

 

 

 

 

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Kazumi Watanabe, Collings, and Lollar!

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Kazumi Watanabe - photo by Leslie Kee

We always love to hear about great guitar players, especially when they are using our pickups! Our Japanese distributor, Zenbu Japan, recently informed us that the legendary Kazumi Watanabe has been spinning many of his burning jazz and fusion lines on a Collings SoCo, complete with Lollar Imperials!

Mr. Watanabe has been one of Japan’s most important and influential guitarists (and composers) since the mid-seventies. He has played and recorded with many of the worlds greatest musicians, and received the prestigious Fumio Nanri Award in 1991. He has also been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College since 1996.

Please enjoy his playing!

Whole Lotta Lollar…

What do you get when you cross Classic Albums Live with The Mighty Zep, with a generous portion of Lollar Imperials throw in? Well, this actually:

Dom Polito

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