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432 Mini Humbucker Set
Hi Ben. Just wanted to drop you a line as we’ve now finished the guitar build and the mini humbuckers are just awesome. Got them wired up and the guitar set up today and haven’t been able to stop playing it since! Thanks so much.
5/2 Blend Tele Bridge
Hi Ben, Just to say have now fitted this pup in an Ash bodied Tokai Japan Esquire with a Bloodstone Eldred mod harness and its superb. No ice pick treble, stays crisp and clear around the sweep of the volume and tone pots. Cranked like 'Keef' and all those fat n tweedy third order harmonics are there in abundance! Just fabulous. Really must try and get a sound sample to you.
Thanks again look forward to my next purchase.
Alnico 2&4 Vintage spec Humbuckers
All in , sounding proper good mate! Everything is more present and pronounced, the attack is sweet and the bridge pickup really bites. I overstrung the saddle for more sustain and the balance is lovely over the decay. Really pleased thank you.
Alnico 3 (Hum) Strat set with Flame Maple top
The pickups are an absolute gem, I love what they've done for the guitar - one of those instances when you start playing and instantly know you've got something a bit special and out of the ordinary.......they are the nicest-sounding strat pickups I've used, and I've been through quite a few. Certainly the jazziest sounding, which suits me perfectly, but the chime is still there, and the quack all present in positions 2 & 4. I think perhaps you made me the pickups I wanted, but didn't realise I wanted. :D The guitar looks great - the pickup colour is a perfect match to the body wood. I said it before, but they are beautifully made also. So cheers, superb stuff that man!
Big Bang! Set
Hi Ben, Sorry too reboot this email thread so long after I received the pickups. My god! These are exactly what I wanted and I didn't even know what is was I wanted!! You sir, are a wizard. All I can say is thank you! I will definitely be buying from you for any guitar builds from now on, and will most certainly be replacing the pickups in my other guitars as soon as I can afford to. Again thank you and keep being goddamn awesome!
Sound flipping amazing! Do you sell many of these? They are great.
Just thought I'd let you know that the pickups arrived today and they look amazing! I've fitted them and had a play and they sound sublime. A real depth of character and they work so well together if I drive them both at the same time. I'm really, really pleased with them. Thank you ever so much!
What are these?! They are actually the best pickup set I've ever played. I'm now trying to figure out how I can talk myself out of putting them in both of my Gibsons. Holy *** they are good
Custom Strat set (3/5) with plate on bridge.
Installed the pickups a week ago, and they sound great. The alnico 3 bridge pickup with base plate really does deliver, it really does make playing a Strat in bridge position a great alternative to the brittle ice pick tones of a regular Strat in bridge position. Alnico 3 really does give a woody twang in clean to light gain. And in cranked amp mode, it gets that lovely heavy compressed tone that regular Strat bridge pups don’t. Here’s a link to a slide show documentation with audio example featuring my latest Strat incarnation, that feature the full neck, middle, and bridge set made by you.
Hi Ben. Thanks for returning the Elysiums, and thanks for the wiring sketches. This is what I’ve done…. I followed your advice about wiring the pickups direct to the output. I did it with my original p/us, as I had refitted them. I noticed a difference. When the Elysiums arrived, I fitted them, wired them direct, and noticed a difference. I purchased some new pots, new capacitor and new switches, and have just finished wiring it all together. And boy oh boy do they sound good. I don’t know what it was that was draining the tone from them, but now they sound bloody superb. Articulate, bright and responsive. And with a bit of drive from my Hughes And Kettner, they make me wanna rock. Me, at my age…..! Each pickup sounds great, but putting them both on together seems to add a new something….. not just the sum of the parts. Thanks again for your time spent helping me on this. I haven’t attempted the mini switch options yet….. will do later.
I have just finished the Les Paul I have been working on for some time now (Covid delayed) and finally fitted the Elysium HBs.
What a fantastic set of pickups!
The clarity, tone and response are all exceptional. The build quality is also top notch
Alright dude, finally got my Les Paul back from the luthiers and MY GOD! the Elysium humbuckers are absolutely incredible, I don't think I've ever hears better sounding humbuckers in all my life, the clarity when driven is insane, and the clean tone is so rich and full. The out of phase middle position is perfect for Greeny/Moore tone. Cheers dude!
I finally got the pickups installed. The epidemic shut everything down for a long time here in Croatia. So, I now had the chance to play with the guitar a few days. The pickups are really great. The humbucker sounds are great. I really like the way the neck humbucker sounds clean, I was really surprised how much I liked it. And the split coils are really amazing. My favourite is the middle position with the split coil engaged. Sounds great with chorus, as well as with fuzz. Thanks for making my old ordinary Epiphone into something really new and amazing. And so incredibly versatile. I can twiddle the knobs for hours
Experimental p5 Blender
Played a show last night and I love it! Exactly what I was looking for. Loads of output and mids without ever becoming mushy. The string separation, clarity and touch responsiveness are spot on!
Hi Ben, Just wanted to let you know, I fitted the pickups in my Cabronita build on Tuesday, and they really sound wonderful. They have a complex and responsive musicality about them that I'm very much enjoying. My Cabronita is now a much more versatile guitar than I envisioned. It's very possible that I might be in touch about some Firebird pickups in the next few months.
Mate, these pickups are AMAZING! At practice last night I had the chance to plug in and turn up my AC30 to gig volume. The Fletch-o-tron in the neck was warm and crisp, lovely bass response with chimey treble, I can't get over the sound, perfect for soft atmospheric sounds and a glass like smoothness when overdriven. The Fletch-o-power in the bridge is classic rock Tone Heaven! Gnarly and bitey but cleans up in an instance, very receptive to the volume knob! I've saved the best till last though, the middle position is the best of both worlds, soft yet clear and full of bell-like clarity! I am one happy customer!
FANTASTIC sound, really crunchy clear as a bell. BRILLIANT work, LOVE 'EM. FAIR PLAY UR THE DOGS *****
Hey Ben. Eventually managed to find time to put this monster into my Cabronita build. This was the 13k nutter you wound for me a couple of months back. Absolutely amazing I every way mate. Just has massive balls. Thanks so much for building this for me. Maximum respect.
Mini HB size p90 foils
To my ears these prototype pups don't sound like P90's or Firebird mini's. They're not as pokey and don't have the bass and what I would call the lower mid bloom of a good P90 especially with the edge of distortion tone I tend to use most. Nor do they have the brashness and upper mid honk of a Firebird pup. What they do have in abundance is however is ballance and clarity. I asked you for a brighter pickup as the Gordon Smith SG with the Seymourized Firebird pups was still a little dark and murky sounding especially on the neck which I was surprised at as I have these in other guitars and they're really clear. Your prototypes remain crystal clear, crisp with excellent note definition even with a decent level of dirt from pedals or the amp. I like them a lot and though I dont have any to compare them with from memory they kinda remind me of De Armond 2Ks. In my opinion they might benefit from a bit more bass and lower mids to get nearer to the sound of a P90 but I won't be swapping them out any time soon.
Mini Humbucker Trio 433
Finally finished up and it is sounding great thanks.
Neck pickup is full and warm without being woolly, closer to my d’angelico hollow body than any of my solid bodies.
Have the neck and bridge on a series parallel switch and that works really well to drop some of the bass and mids out plus have a coil split for all three in the 2 and 4 positions.
Thanks for all your help.
Mixed Al2&4 tele set with birdseye maple tops.
Mixed Al2&4 tele set with birdseye maple tops.
Mixed Alnico 2/5, radius matched Strat Set
Hi Ben, just wanted to say finally got the pickups installed this weekend and really happy with them. pretty much exactly what I was after and the difference between old pickups is very noticeable. the middle pickups in particular is really nice and I've never really been a user of the solo middle pickup.
Nashville Tele Set
Hi Ben, I have just installed the pickups to the build I've been working on an man oh man, they are perfect. I am impressed with the bridge pickup but I think really the neck and middle pickup are incredible, I have played a fair few guitars but the neck pickups on teles can often feel quite mushy, but your one is smooth with a little more bite, it works so well with the middle strat pickup, I can get honky vintage tones, really nice clean tones and some more plucky tones with the bridge+middle. Really versatile, high quality and well worth the wait.
Had some time to play around with the Prototype neck and bridge you did for me. MY GOSH these are incredible! Just what I was looking for. So bold and punchy it’s like my Strat wants to start fights! They cut through the mix so well. Very very impressed! Thanks
Hey dude, totally love that pickup. Sounds Huge high gain and stays amazingly clean even on a Marshall amp. Can I place an order for another one?
**** wow. Pickups have totally transformed the guitar. Sounds amazing. Exactly what I had wanted all along. I now have a top spec sounding esp ltd for a fraction of the cost. So happy. Once again you have delivered the goods. Thank you so much. Only down side is my fingers hurt like hell as I can't stop playing.
Annnnnnd WE ARE GO!!! SEARING FILTH from the bridge humbucker & powerful smooth and clear lead and cleans tones from the neck aka **** YES! You're a top block and your customer service is fantastic - thank you so much. The pickups are KILLER!!
Purgatory - Ceramic
So happy with these PUPS Ben. They sound so good in my 26.5 scale length Ibanez RGD. They take gain so well, and sound so dynamic and fluid even though I'm playing in Drop A sharp. Very satisfied and could recommend your purgatory's for anyone playing modern or progressive metal.
Shimmer Tele set - AWG43
Just what I was looking for, - a warm and responsive bridge pickup, and a beautifully voiced neck pickup to match. Thank you!
Holy ****! there is a lot of mids in these pups! I've had to change the eq on my amp. Sounds great, Quite different from the ec256 with the Purgatory. I think the Purgatory set actually have more meat and balls. Really happy with the SuperBlends, so much better than the .......... Set.
Ben I said I’d get back to you after some solid gigging with my two V’s and here’s my thoughts, for what they are worth.
In my 67: The Home set are great, really cool and clear and articulate. Very reminiscent of that old Wishbone Ash thing, which is fine in my book. They don’t squeal and clean up nicely. The mix position is nice and snappy. Lovely. There’s a sweet, almost twangy top end.
In my 58: yes the hybrid wire set is the epitome of that 70’s rock thing. It might be the constructional differences between the 2 V’s but these ones are RAWK. Less subtle but boy can you pin people’s ears back. If people want that Joe Bonamassa Amos thing, these are the ones. Or Thin Lizzie. Or in my case, Saturday Nights All Right for Fighting...
Out of the two, i prefer the Home set and they hold up at least as good as some other pups I use regularly, eg Antiquities, Monty’s, Seth Lovers. In fact you would need ears like a bat to tell the difference between the Homes and the Seth Lovers.
Hope this helps if people come asking for advice.
Vintage/Hot Alnico 5 Strat Neck & Middle
Thanks Fletcher, finally put them in and I love them! Real nice upgrade, beefier but still super clear and first mid strat pup I actually liked. Many thanks!
Just gigged with your dog-ear...…... Brilliant! Exactly what I hoped for... Thanks.
Got this set of p90s from Ben to replace the mini humbuckers in my well worn 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. I was going to retire this after 4 neck breaks and lots of abuse. Thanks to Ben it has a new lease of life & a true reawakening with this fantastic set of p90s, undoubtedly the best pickup for clean tone with clarity & definition. This set have a clear added bite and articulation which sound outstanding at the 'just at the edge' of breakup. This set handles gain very well and doesn't become flabby or loose on the bottom end response like many p90s. They also retain humbucker type qualities & don't sound thin or brittle when given a lot of gain. All in all an other fantastic set of p90s!
Got my custom telecaster yesterday from Loxley Custom Guitars in Sheffield. At the heart of the guitar is a trio of handwound p90s from Fletcher Pickups. At the heart of this trio sits Alnico 5 sandcast magnets. I wanted to retain a degree of bright top end with a bit of old school spank and twang. The bridge pickups is bright and shimmery with a broad frequency lift in the upper mids contributing bite with convincing vintage quack. The neck pickup has a sweet more rounded woody undertone, but with great clarity and sensitivity. Ben managed to wind that right into these pickups. The outcome being a clear, tight detailed sound. The set achieves an almost fat on steroids Fender sound but, at the same time retains that smooth, creamy magic only found in p90s...………
…….. a stunningly well voiced set befitting to be sat slap bang in the middle of this magnificently crafted guitar
p90 Neck, Tele Bridge
Ben, just to say I put those pickups in my tele yesterday and they sound amazing. Considering I was looking for some “cheap” pickups to stick in what would basically be a spare guitar, I am blown away - they sound better than the ones I took out of it that we’re more than double the price. The neck p90 has a nice warm sizzle and the bridge still has the tele sound without being twangy, which is exactly what I was after. I can see this actually being my most played guitar even when I build my new one. Over the moon with them thanks.