Pin-Up Custom Pickups

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Eric Daw’s custom made “Pin-Up Pickups” are finally available for sale individually. These are the monsters behind the great tone of Eric’s “Pin-Up Custom Guitars” line of hand crafted instruments. Each pickup is made entirely by hand, with the finest materials available, and to the highest standards possible. From the assembly of the bobbin to the final touches, Eric is the only person involved in each pickup’s manufacture.

These are not made by trained lackeys or machines, Eric personally winds each pickup by hand, on a direct drive pickup winding device that he made after studying the early pickup winding devices of the electric guitar pioneers of the 1950’s. The wire is guided by hand, producing a scatter wound pattern in the coil that cannot be replicated by any machine. This is the secret behind the tone of the great pickups that are so sought after today.

The finest USA made alnico magnets are sourced for production, as well as the best quality USA made enamel coated magnet wire. The alnico pole pieces are charged magnetically by Eric using a magnet charging device of his own construction. No corners are cut to keep costs down, the aim is to make the highest quality, hand made, best sounding boutique pickups available.

T-style bridge pickups feature copper plated steel elevator plates, 42 gauge enamel coated coil wire, Alnico 2, 3, or 5 magnets, cotton string wrapped coils, slightly staggered pole pieces for an even string response, and cloth covered hookup wire. These pickups are made slightly microphonic on purpose, just like the originals, and should
not be used for super high gain applications.


T-style bridge pickups:

  • Alnico 2,3, or 5 magnets
  • Staggered or flat polepieces
  • Copper plated steel elevator plate
  • 42 AWG enamel magnet wire
  • Cloth covered hookup wire
  • String wrapped coil
  • Lightly wax potted

T-style neck pickups:

  • Nickel (not brass) covers for a more clear tone
  • Alnico 5 magnets
  • 43 AWG enamel magnet wire
  • Cloth covered hookup wire
  • Lightly potted in lacquer

S-style pickups:

  • Alnico 5 magnets
  • Staggered pole pieces for an even string response
  • 42 gauge enamel or formvar magnet wire
  • Reverse wound / reverse polarity middle pickups for hum canceling

Pickups are lightly wax potted in a mixture of paraffin and beeswax, or by dipping in lacquer.  Outputs vary and can be custom wound to your specifications.  Sets can be made reverse wound and reverse polarity for hum canceling in the middle position, or can be made the same polarity and winding direction if desired.


$100 each, or $120 for a “Sparkler”

Custom pickups with radical designs and looks are also available, like the Sparke-T set in gold, silver, or red.