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’.


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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The ‘Triple Blues’ set was inspired by a certain Austin Texas Legend. Smooth and adequately powerful with out being over the top is the order of the day. An average of 6.2 neck 6.5 middle and 7.2 bridge. fibre flatwork, stagger pole alnico 5 magnets, and cloth hook-up wire.  RWRP middle pickup as standard.

Woody and organic sounding with loads of string definition and cut when used clean ... When you turn the ‘wick’ up they hold together beautifully. A

This was our first Strat set five years ago, and is still our most popular. RWRP as standard, and modern balanced in output.


Light relic cover option


Classic later sixties here … wound with plain enamel (PVA) coated vintage spec wire a little higher in output than the PRE-BS 62 at 6.2k, and with a smoother top end.

Available with a bridge over-wind for balance.


This is an unusual Strat® set in that it mixes both alnico V magnets for the bass strings and alnico III for the top strings, giving punch on those low, open ‘piano’ notes, and smoothness and low string pull on the upper strings for maximum sustain. This really gives the best of two options … an alnico III with it’s smooth flute like highs, and an alnico V set with its crisp bass response … with no down side.

RWRP as standard and modern balanced in output.

Shown is the ‘5th Anniversary’ model with modern  stagger

Here’s where it all started in 1954. The ultra modern and iconic Sreatocaster® was introduced and helped shape the course of modern music.

Our Origin 54 Strat® pickups are built to replicate those early sounds as closely as possible. Using ‘Heavy Formvar’ wire, the classic early low 5.7k hand wind and alnico V magnets, these produce all the chime and attack of the originals. The bridge pickup is slightly over-wound for balance.

A note on covers: the earliest Strat® pickups were fitted with a sort of styrene plastic cover that wore rapidly to very rounded edges … these were fairly quickly swapped for the sort harder wearing plastic used today. The early covers never fade to cream and always stay chalky white. We can supply light to heavy relic white covers to replicate this. Phone for details.


our ‘replica’ pickups are based on practical  workshop experience An original 62 we rewound

Here’s the classic ‘last of the line’, sixties ‘pre CBS’ pickup … lovingly recreated after rewinding lots of examples and gleaning all the measurements and info from the real thing … on our workbench.

Wound with classic ‘Heavy Formvar’ wire, staggered poles, black flatwork to 5.6k and boasting hand bevelled and polished magnets. This is the crisp, woody tone familiar on so many recordings. Powered by alnico 5, this is the spirit of the early sixties: clarity with more top end ‘zing’ than later plain enamel wound incarnations.

Bridge slightly over-wound for balance.


Cover colour
Cover colour
RWRP or non RWRP middle pickup
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Strat® vintage output


Oil City pickups have no connection with Fender Musical Instruments Gibson or Gretsch.

RWRP or non RWRP middle pickup
Cover colour
RWRP or non RWRP middle pickup
Cover colour