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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Tele® vintage output


his pickup was inspired by a vintage 67 Tele® pickup I rewound for a customer a little while ago … It is seldom I copy a vintage pickup pretty much exactly … but this is the real deal! Wound to 6.8k with vintage style plain enamel (PVA coated) wire, it has hand bevelled, staggered pole pieces, and vintage spec black and white cloth hookup wire. It sits on a period correct, copper plated steel baseplate, and is lightly wax potted.

This is Telecaster® at it’s most twangy, cutting, and well … Telecasterish! Works with any style from blues and rock and roll, to punk … a toneful workhorse of a pickup for the ultimate workhorse guitar!


This is the spirit of where it all began. The Fortyniner is based on the modified lap steel pickup that powered the very first of Leo’s new, prototype solid electric guitars … a design that would finally become the Telecaster we all know and love.

Unlike many later bridge Tele pickups, this was wound with finer, 43awg wire giving a little more compression and growl, and powered by alnico 3 magnets, rather than the later, ‘sharper’ alnico 5s. The lower string pull of alnico 3 helps your guitar achieve its best sustain, and cuts out the ‘ice pick’ highs of some later designs.

Perfect in a single pickup Tele, or pair it with the Honkytonk Angel neck unit

Thames Delta

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




NEW IMPROVED DESIGN The 67 original on  Which this pickup  is based

We don’t know why the tapped output single coil fell out of favour. With this, and a push/pull pot you can have a vintage 6k glassy, cutting ‘country’ Tele ... And a barking 9k rock and roll beast. No batteries no hassle. A proper single coil sound ... not like splitting a humbucker!

Ideal for wringing the maximum versatility from your Tele, or brilliant for extra sounds from that Esquire. This is the best of sixties style Tele® … compared to the Wapping Wharf’s fifties sound.

Fibre flat work, scatter wound, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire.

Availiable bridge only: pairs well with Thames Delta neck … or Hardman neck for slightly higher gain tones.

The ‘Wharf’ was initially designed as a ‘special’ for a customer, but the formula has proved so popular that here it is as a regular production pickup.

At it’s heart is the 10k HonkyTonk Angel … my popular 43awg wound ‘Broadcaster’ style pickup … described by one customer review as ‘the best Esquire pickup in the world’.

This is then tapped … and wound on to 15k … giving a traditional early fifties sound … and at the flick of a switch a big mid boost and a snarling rock tone. Still unmistakably Tele, but Tele on steroids!

To add to this, the top three treble strings are served by alnico 2 magnets as in the ‘Angel’, but the bottom three bass ones are powered by alnico 5 for maximum grunt and twang!

Availiable bridge only: pairs well with Honky Tonk Angel neck … or Hardman neck for slightly higher gain tones.

Note: switch not included, but available here

The HonkyTonk Angel bridge is my ‘take’ on Leo Fender’s early broadcaster pickups. Wound with 43awg wire like the 1950 original, the ‘Angel’ has alnico 2 magnets for low string pull and singing sustain, and is wound to a whisker under 10k resistance … which is around the perceived output volume of a later 7.5k Tele pickup (wound with the later style 42awg wire). The ‘Angel’ has a biting top end softer bass response and a sweet, singing middle.  perfect for those country pedal steel licks … but much more versatile than just that. When pushing a good valve amp, that singing middle gets progressively more angry … and combined with the stinging top end gives a really distinctive blues and rock tone.

Flat poles, hand cut flatwork, black string wrapping and cloth covered hook-up wires combine with our distinctive gun blued steel baseplates to make a quality package.

Didn’t know who made Honkytonk angels? Well you do now!

HonkyTonk Angel Alnico III neck

Alnico 3 tele neck pickups are fairly thin on the ground ... in fact I can only think of a couple of high priced examples on the market at the moment. Alnico 3 is characterised by a sweet, soft attack, with low string pull and unparalleled string clarity and separation. Couple that with smooth, rounded lows and you have an ideal 'clean' tele neck pickup. However coupled with a pedal, like a Tubescreamer or similar and a good valve amp it can produce smooth singing sustain and is a great choice for blues. 6.8k (average).

Thames Delta alnico V neck

Like it’s bridge namesake ... the sound of pop and rock for the last fifty+ years. Classic 7k resistance.

Fibre flat work, hand scatter wound, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire.

We all know what this sounds like right? A classic 7k vintage Tele: glassy and pure, cutting and edgy, twang and growl. Pure tone in a box.

Fibre flat work, alnico 5 magnets, cloth hookup wire

Supplied with full mounting hardware.

Summer of love 67 Tele neck pickup:

Built to perfectly match the SOL bridge unit. 43 gauge plain enamel wire, alnico 5 with a nickel cover and vintage hookup wire.


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