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#1 Mr H

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 12:26 PM

A guitarist friend of mine likes to tinker. A year or so ago he fitted one or two Oil City pickups to his Telecaster, and has now ordered a set for his Fret King Corona - he rates them.

Oil City hand-wind their kit to order in Leyton, East London. They have a website - http://oilcitypickups.co.uk - and the pickups are apparently very good value.

No bass models yet!

I have no connection except knowing a happy customer. If you're looking for UK-built replacements then they seem to be worth consideration.

EDIT: title changed to reflect replies - thanks gents!

EDIT II: title changed again, same reason.

Edited by Mr H, 12 June 2015 - 08:25 AM.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 10:20 PM

Lots of UK handwinders nowadays - always good to add another.

http://deacci.com/ (formerly RD Pick-ups)
http://www.hotrodguitarparts.com/ (formerly Wizard Pick-ups)

Of these I have used Bare Knuckle, Catswhisker and Mojo. I am finding Creamery and BK a bit expensive these days. I will certainly look at Oil City and others in the future.

Any more UK winders I have missed?

[edit]Added some more I found plus some mentioned later in this thread. Didn't realise there were so many to be honest.[/edit]

Edited by Mr Arkadin, 08 August 2017 - 09:38 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:16 AM

Off the top of my head:

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 10:55 PM

http://www.hotrodguitarparts.com/ claim to be hand wound too, formerly Wizard, which had a good rep for bass pickups.
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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:51 PM

House Of Tone pickups, handwound in Chester - saw their stall at the Northwest Guitar Show last weekend.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 10:44 AM

I use Armstrong PIckups and they custom wind. They also have massive experience in making for other manufacturers so if you are seeking a specific pickup they'll know how to replicate it.
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Posted 06 June 2015 - 12:09 PM

Added some more names I found plus the ones mentioned by others. Always good to promote UK winders.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:06 AM

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:19 AM

The little guitar shop in Hockley, Birmingham do hand wound pickups. I had a set made by Martin to replace the Seymour Duncans that were in my Rob Williams CSM guitar.
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Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:00 PM

+1 for Hot Rod Pickups. I have a couple of their Thumpers and an Original Wizard thumper, both oustanding and identical sound/spec. Very reasonable prices too.

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 09:06 AM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 18 March 2015 - 10:55 PM, said:

http://www.hotrodguitarparts.com/ claim to be hand wound too, formerly Wizard, which had a good rep for bass pickups.

Certainly are hand wound, By my hand funnily enough :)

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 09:02 AM

Got a pair of Mojo Jazzmaster pickups after a chat with the owner via email. Nice guy who seems to know his offset guitars very well and the pickups are great too.

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