Upgrade Fender® Reissue Jazzmaster Pickups to Handwound Creamery Vintage Jazzmaster Pickups
Quick progress update. Here are the first three guitars from the Blackguard series – 6 guitars crafted from 30yr old pine. A jazzmaster style with custom handwound H-cover humbuckers, a Standard telecaster and a Tele Custom style, both with sets of my handwound pickups.
Named after a comment I overheard whilst climbing off the train at Manchester Piccadilly station, as a group of guys climbed on, eager to get back home south.
A tele take on the Les Paul Junior. Whilst waiting for a batch of parts to arrive so I could wind the single P90 needed, the guitar was wired up with an old Gibson P90 I had lying around. Eager to hear a P90 in the bridge position the old Gibson pickup was only ever meant to be temporary measure, especially as this was a neck pickup, the pole spacing too narrow for the wider telecaster bridge.
The first in a series of 6 guitars carved from a 30yr old pine. Introducing No.1 – Based on the famous Jazzmaster shape. 2 Custom, scatterwound humbuckers with chrome plated nickel H-covers. Gotoh bridge & stoptail. 1 tone, 1 volume, 3 way switching. CTS pots & vintage capacitor. Body treated with nothing more then Danish oil.
There was just something about it. When tapped it had that ‘ring’, that sound that was far more than the usual dull thud you get with many woods. Maybe its the many blocks of birch laminated together under pressure. Maybe its the 40mm thickness. Maybe, maybe, maybe. One thing’s for sure – it sounds good.
Hand made from an old fencepost with scatterwound vintage 40yr old 43AWG coil wire in our C001 Custom Creamery Hot Tele Bridge, wired to The Creamery’s own twist on the original Fender electronics with a .0047uf cap where the resistor should sit – this is essentially the same as the ‘Eldred Mod’ giving the out-of-phase or cocked-wah sound in the front position. The growl and snap is helped along by the wood, an old sentimental piece of pine fencepost that lay drying out for twenty years.