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THE NEW JIMMY WALLACE SERIES PICKUPS are the product of a lifelong quest for the exact tone of the early 50's and 60's vintage guitars. Through the years, Jimmy Wallace has owned and regularly played a multitude of the world's most treasured vintage instruments. In order to engineer and produce pickups today that have the sound and connectivity of the original vintage models, you have to know without question, what those pickups sound like. Jimmy has years of experience with these vintage guitars, and is an expert on the tones and qualities that they possess.

Unfortunately, most of the actual iconic vintage guitars have escalated in value to the point that they are no longer accessible to the overwhelming majority of guitar players.

However, the unquestionable quality of tone and even the worn and time-treaded appearance of the most important part, the pickups - have finally been faithfully emulated.

Players can feel confident that they may now incorporate these superior qualities into their sounds and performances without actually having a vintage instrument in their hands.

How? By strategically employing the pickups that are the result of a personal, life-long and dedicated quest for the ultimate in tone and performance……. The Jimmy Wallace Vintage Pickup Collection.


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50's Telecaster Pickup Jimmy Wallace Guitars Image

The single-coil, bridge pickup was the first to be produced by Fender in 1950 for use in the new Broadcaster electric guitar. Weathering legal demands for naming rights and several basic design changes, the pickup grew a counterpart (bridge pickup) and the guitar ultimately became the Telecaster. It is probably safe to say that no other electric guitar has been more influential and ubiquitous in modern music than the Fender Telecaster. Being a basic plank, the pickupsmay very well be the most important feature of the guitar. They are simple in construction, but the sounds the vintage examples project - are pretty amazing. Being clear, bright, sassy and full – all at the same time – they melt nicely into all forms of music. The Jimmy Wallace Vintage Telecaster set has been fabricated with radical dedication to detail. The iconic sounds, and yes, even the appearance are all vintage Telecaster. The first prototypes for these pickups were wound with actual vintage NOS Telecaster wire. This provided the ultimate standard for this new Telecaster pickup line..

  • Authentic Black Bottom
  • Flush- Pole, Beveled Magnets
  • A confidential treatment to simulate the chronological effect of older pickups.
  • Application of specific construction methods that have been re-developed from extensive research.
  • Bridge Pickup Output – 7.6K
  • Neck Pickup Output – 6.16K *Pickup Outputs will vary somewhat, considering they are hand wrapped.


50's Stratocaster Image Jimmy Wallace Pickups



Some of the earliest electric guitar pickups were manufactured by Fender. By the time the Stratocaster came along, the results of trial and error had brought Fender to one of the most time-tested and pickup designs ever…the single coil Stratocaster pickup. Early versions had black bottoms and were dipped in wax to help with microphonic tendencies. This, of course, created a cosmetic signature that became more and more significant as the years reeled by. The Jimmy Wallace Vintage 50’s Stratocaster pickups utilize the wire, magnets, construction techniques and yes, even the wax dipping, that are all contributing factors in producing a pickup that has the incredible sound, look and responsiveness of the vintage original. Having owned (for many years) one of the oldest Stratocasters known to exist, Jimmy says “these are the real deal!”

  • Authentic Black Bottom
  • 42AWG Plain Enamel Wire
  • .195 Diameter Beveled Magnets
  • Wax Dipped
  • A confidential treatment to simulate the chronological effect of older pickups.
  • Application of specific construction methods that have been re-developed from extensive research.
  • Typical Pickup Output – 5.7K to 6.1K *Pickup Outputs will vary somewhat, considering they are hand wrapped.

Anson Funderburgh Playing Jimmy Wallace Vintage 50's Pickups


Jimmy Wallace Playing The Same 50's Fender Stratocaster




60's Stratocaster Jimmy Wallace Guitars

The end of the 50’s brought several changes to the Fender line of guitars. Among these were changes to the Stratocaster including the use of Rosewood fingerboards and changes in single-coil pickups. The results were pickups that were similar in design, but with gray bottoms. These were often dated in pencil by the builder. Other changes included the use of wire that was a deep burgundy in color, and back again were the cast, slug Alnico magnets. The coils were dipped in lacquer, as opposed to wax as used previously. The clarity and presence of the former pickups (from the previous decade) was still preserved, however, the 60’s pickups are thought by many to have a warmer and slightly fuller sound. This may be due in part to the use of Rosewood fingerboards and/or other changes in wood materials selection. However, most believe that the 60’s pickups have their own distinct sound, and that this sound, while different, is ever- bit as pleasing to the ear and inspirational to the player. Having unmistakable clarity - and a warmth that can only be described as pure 60’s Strat - the Jimmy Wallace Vintage 60’s Stratocaster pickups achieve the original sound and revive this inspirational connection.

  • Authentic Gray Bottom
  • 42AWG Plain Enamel Wire
  • .185 Diameter Beveled Magnets
  • Lacquer Dipped
  • A confidential treatment to simulate the chronological effect of older pickups.
  • Application of specific construction methods that have been re-developed from extensive research.
  • Typical Pickup Output – 5.7K to 6.1K *Pickup Outputs will vary somewhat, considering they are hand wrapped.



P 90 Image Jimmy Wallace Pickups

The P 90 pickup first came on the scene in 1946 and was the premier pickup in the Gibson line until the inception of the Humbucker in 1956. The P 90 may have been relegated to service in more budget style guitars after this point, but that fact did not prevent it from providing some of the most significant and unforgettable guitar tones throughout the history of contemporary music. In it’s various configurations it found service in Les Paul’s, SG’s and most important the Epiphone Casino. The Jimmy Wallace Vintage P 90 pickups are hand- crafted in the “Soap Bar’ configuration, making them interchangeable with a multitude of Gibson and other similar guitar stock pickups. They have the familiar raw power and unbridled mid-range presence that has worked so well in modern music. They are excellent replacement s for all “Soap Bar” P 90 equipped guitars including the early Jazz guitars that their vintage counterparts brought to life. Construction Features include:

  • A-5 Slightly Degaussed, Rough cast (vintage correct) elongated magnets.
  • Plain enameled wire of 42 AWG thickness.
  • Hand assembly including wire wrapping.
  • A confidential treatment to simulate the chronological effect of older pickups.
  • Application of specific construction methods that have been re-developed from extensive research.
  • Bridge Pickup Output – 8.1K
  • Neck Pickup Output – 7.8K *Pickup Outputs will vary somewhat, considering they are hand wrapped.

Jimmy Testing A Single P90 In A Les Paul Jr On Stage



PAF Pickup Jimmy Wallace Guitars Image

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The venerable Humbucking Pickup has been around for some 55 years. Originally conceived to reduce the chronic hum and noise created by the single coil pickups of the day, the Seth Lover design had an unexpected by-product. This was the inadvertent creation of what has become known as the iconic “Humbucking Sound”. Thousands upon thousands of pickups with this very design have been made since. Re-designs, reproductions and reissues have been manufactured by scores of companies both here and abroad (even by Gibson itself). None have been able to truly emulate the classic Humbucking sound of the early 50’s and 60’s guitars. This is said to be due to several possible and contributory factors including; natural aging, availability of original materials - and manufacturing differences which are either unknown, unavailable, or just too much trouble to duplicate. The Jimmy Wallace Vintage PAF offers a glimpse into the past, providing the sounds and look of the iconic vintage PAF. This has been achieved through painstaking research, seeking out hard-to-find materials and faithfully utilizing processes of the early initial fabricators. These include:

  • A-5 Rough Cast, Slightly Degaussed (vintage correct) elongated magnets.
  • Plain enameled wire of 42 AWG thickness.
  • Hand assembly including wire wrapping.
  • A confidential treatment to simulate the chronological effect of older pickups.
  • Butyrate bobbins, as used on the early PAF (This results in a pickup that not only sounds and looks like the original
  • PAF – but actually smells like one too!)
  • Application of specific construction methods that have been re-developed from extensive research.
  • Offered With Nickel Cover (installed) – or Without (white/black bobbins)
  • Typical Output Neck Pickup – 7.2K
  • Typical Output Bridge Pickup – 8.2K *Pickup Outputs will vary somewhat, considering they are hand wrapped.

Jimmy Wallace PAFs in A Jimmy Wallace Les Paul With Jimmy At The Wheel

     

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