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.

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

Welcome To The DULLhouse

We get asked all the time, “Why does my old pickup sound dull?”

There are many reasons the tone can suffer on vintage pickups…

These p'ups aren't just *playing* dead... They're dead!

These p’ups aren’t just *playing* dead… They’re actually dead!

 

We can’t resurrect or improve every beaten, tired, old pickup that we come across. Some of them, like the ones seen above, are just too far gone. Only a complete rebuild, with brand new parts could bring them back to life – but at that point, you may as well just replace it! You can’t shine a turd, as they say (even if you could, you’d still just have a shiny turd). But, just maybe, your dull sound isn’t the turd you thought it was, so in this edition, we’ll address the possible causes and potential solutions.

 

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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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Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 1

Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 1

By Jason Lollar

Blog Pots and Caps

Finding your guitar tone involves a mix of science and voodoo. This alchemy includes the role of capacitors and potentiometers, also known as caps and pots. In this article, we focus on pots, and separate fact from fiction and explain how they are typically used to give you greater tone and volume control.

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Customs, Repops, and Repairs, OH MY!

Custom built Lollar ES300 pickup

This ES 300 reproduction pickup was hand built from raw materials in-house at Lollar Pickups.

At Lollar, we’re one of the few places that actually makes pickups completely from scratch – we always have, always will. Whether it’s for a custom application or a vintage restoration, we have the tools and knowledge to fabricate almost anything in-house, from small repair/replacement parts to complete pickups.

This is a copy of a later version of the Gibson ES 300 pickup that we built recently for a restoration. The old tortoiseshell material Gibson used degrades over time and after decades it just crumbles to dust, so these solid tortoise pickups made from celluloid are often missing from the vintage instruments.

As seen in the picture below. two versions of the ES 300 pickups were made; a long and short. This one is the short of course, but we’ve made the long version too.

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