Monday, 23 November 2020

Jansen Pickup re-wind

A couple of weeks back I received this faulty old pickup from a Jansen stratphonic hollow bodied bass made in New Zealand.

The meter was showing it was ‘open circuit’ so after the usual tests for dry joints and removing the top layer of windings I decided it needed rewinding.

I do enjoy saving old dead pickups and this one looks so cool with that ‘toaster’ cover.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Postage to Australia

 Postage to Aussie is just NZ$30 - just saying 😎

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Pickup Height Adjustment

 The height of your pickups is crucial to your tone. I find that the better the quality of the pickup the more difference the height makes to the tone.

There is, of course, no correct distance from the string so the measurements I’ll give you are a guide and a great place to start. I recommend you set your MrGlyn’s Pickups to these heights when you installed them but feel free to tweak them to your own taste after.

The principal is, the closer to the strings the pickups are the louder and more dynamic the sound, further away is more compressed and quieter. 

But there’s another factor. Pickups work by magnetism, if a pickup is too close to the string the magnet will attract the string and cause a strange wobbly sound called a wolf tone. This is much more pronounced with single coil pickups and on the bass strings on the higher frets. These ‘wolf tones’ are sometimes called ‘Stratitis’.

The pickup height is measured from the top of the pickup pole (or cover) to the underside of the string when fretting the highest fret.

Here are my recommend heights:

Friday, 6 November 2020

Pickups for new builds

 This week I had an order from Trevor Binford at Binford Luthiery in Onehunga, Auckland. He runs fantastic  courses where you can make a guitar from scratch.

He wanted a set of Silver Lady Telecaster pickups for his own Tele and asked if I make a Precision Bass pickup. Well, they aren’t on the website (not yet) but I do make them. Always worth asking, eh

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Bellbird Strat pickups in action

Here’s a cool track by Lea’ana featuring Jason Herbert on guitar using a set of my ‘Bellbird’ Strat pickups

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Telecaster Love


MrGlyn’s Telecaster pickups come in 2 flavours - 

The Silver Lady set : Pure clean vintage alnico III

The Cruel Mistress set : Tele with teeth, alnico V

For sound samples and more information go to the website.