Oil City ‘Standard’ range

Pickups hand made in London, that offer value for money as well as superb sounds.

Priced around the same as mass produced US aftermarket pickups, these have all the hand made care in their construction that only a small company can bring.

‘Nothing ordinary about Standard!’

Our premium series: these pickups take on the top boutique makers worldwide, and set a new standard for tone.

‘Using the finest materials and with the most exacting assembly … each is hand made, serial numbered and signed … by me alone’.

Ash

As fitted to Feline Guitars, Carillion Guitars, The Blackmachine B6 and many quality UK made custom instruments.

Oil City ‘Masterwound’ range

We make up our pickups in small batches and don’t carry large stocks, so please allow 7-10 working days for dispatch,  we may well have to wind your pickup for you. If you are in a rush please contact us ... we just might have your pickup in stock. Postage and packing quoted is for UK and is calculated on the value of the order at the checkout ... We’re happy to post worldwide ... Just ask for a quote.

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Humbuckers high output

This pickup is my homage to the seventies. Big flares, big riffs, glitter and glam … and HUGE guitar sounds, courtesy of the newfangled ‘replacement pickups’ that were coming over from America.

The pickup design that launched the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal or NWOBHM.

The ceramic magnet gives awesome grunt (13k resistance bridge, 9.5k neck)  but a warmth and sweetness that is almost ‘vintage.’Available in: 52 or 50mm spacing. With square or triangular feet. Hex pole pieces are in available in black only, but bobbins are available in black, zebra, reversed zebra, double cream as standard options. Other bobbin colours (including some really wild ones) are available as custom options … please phone or e mail.


BLUE STREAK

NEW DESIGN

Weighing in at just over 15k and powered by a alnico 8 magnet ceramic as an option too, the Black Knight is a surprisingly versatile and delicate high output pickup.

A tight focused sound with plenty of ability to drive a valve amp hard … yet a surprisingly open and organic sound.

 Available in 50 or 52mm mm spacing  and  triangular  ‘feet for body mounting if required.

Available as  custom  (black bobbins only) 7 and 8 string units but with a 3 working week lead time phone for details

Bridge unit only … this pairs well with a Blitz Spirit or Scrapyard Dog Plus in the neck position.


The Black arrow is a classic 17 k bridge humbucker powered by alnico 5: taught in the bass .… with slightly scooped mids and harmonics that leap out. More vintage and blusey than certain famous 17k alnico 5 humbuckers, this is a great choice for hard rock or even metal with the right amp and settings.

One of the great features of the’Arrow’ is how well it splits, giving a strident single coil clang that can almost be between a Rickenbacker® and a Tele®

Available bridge position only, 50 or 52mm spacing. Black, zebra, reversed zebra, or double-cream bobbins … all with black, ‘hexagonal wrench’ poles. Available with conventional nickel finish slug and screw poles.

Triangular body mount feet available on request

Alnico 8 or Ceramic

BLACK KNIGHT

BLACK ARROW

THE H.E.L.

This is not a subtle beast, or for the faint of heart: weighing in at over 22k in the bridge position it’s powered by triple ceramic magnets for gut bursting lows and punchy highs. This pickup is one hundred percent ‘metal’ …of plutonium heaviness!  Team it with a Black Arrow neck pickup for total destruction!

THE HAVOC

TRANSONIC

Taking 70’s and 80’s design and bringing it up to the moment. A relatively low wind bridge pickup at 13.5k, the Transonic is powered by an array of three magnets: one alnico 8, and two ceramic. This gives openness, warmth and string definition at high gain, but still allows for mighty and ‘fast tracking’ low end … so needed by modern players who down tune.

Nothing looks like a Havoc, and nothing else sounds like a Havoc!

Triple magnet system on the bridge unit combining alnico 8 and ceramic, over height bobbins for treble cutting power. Thicker gauge wire for harmonic sparkle and fat, punchy lows. Neck unit alnico 5 and beautifully ‘string separate’. Awesome power with a light touch when the gain is rolled back. 16k bridge, 9k neck (average). Built to split well for powerful single coil sounds

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