Soon... Angeltone Musical Instruments!
Prototype Angeltone Telecaster with
'locally grown pine' body and hot 50B lead pickup.
The amp it's leaning on isn't mine... but hey, I can dream
I started playing in the early 1980's, and Mark Knopfler, Gene
Vincent, George Harrison and SRV
were my heroes.I remember playing for hours in front of my amp,
trying to learn to play Cold Shot or Brothers In Arms,
and wishing I could play like they did.They made it all look so
easy too. There was only one problem...
I could play their songs, but no matter what I did I just
couldn't sound like them.
I spent years trying to figure out what made them sound so
good... and why I didn't. For an OCD
type like me,
this was maddening. I bought the 'right' guitars, the
'right' amps, and even the 'right' effects,
but could never get the sounds my heroes had no matter what I
One day, I went to a local music store and was given a box of
dead pickups to experiment with, and I was told that if I could
get them working I could keep them. I started experimenting with
them, studying them... and Angeltone was formed.
Angeltone is a one man operation. I do everything from answering
the phone to making Tele and Strat bobbin plates
and humbucker metal parts to winding the pickups to printing the
box labels and packing the pickups for shipping myself.
In fact, I have been doing
things this way since 2004.
Why do I do it?
This way I can give each customer
the individual attention you deserve. You see, I
believe that your pickup
is actually your guitar's voice, so much so that I
actually do make my pickups one at a time for each customer
according to each customer's specific order.
When you call Angeltone, you aren't going to have someone hand
you a premade pickup that's been sitting in a dusty box
way up on a shelf somewhere, or even worse, one made in
Hostilistan, and try to convince you how wonderful you will
Talk is cheap. The person here who answers the phone is also
the person who will be making your pickup,
so if you have any questions about them they will be answered
Custom orders are OK here, so If you need a special coil
winding, special magnets or are a left handed player, I can
Every Angeltone single coil pickup is made 'the way they used
to', with real Forbon (vulcanized fiber) bobbin parts
I make myself, Alnico magnets, 1950's style Formvar insulated
coil wire or plain enamel wire (depending on the model),
and period correct hookup wire. I am so obsessive about my
pickups that I not only make as many of my own pickup parts
as possible, but I also try to use as many restored 'old
school' machines and tools as I can in the shop.
You see, I believe that not only are the older tools much better
quality than modern ones, but it's also sort of an artistic
using them to make pickups seems to put one in a 'vintage state
Why do I do it?
It's simple. I believe that the only way to achieve that
great sound heard on so many old recordings
is to make these
accurately to the original specifications as possible. I'm so
obsessive about it
hand machine all of
the own bobbin parts for my single coil pickups, still
modern waterbased lacquers, and even hand wind the pickups
using a coil winding machine
that I made myself.
In fact, I don't use 'modern' cast plastic bobbins or
ceramic magnets if the original
pickups weren't made that way,
believe that changing the way a pickup is constructed in any way can drastically change the
Anyone can build a great looking guitar with all the right parts, but putting 'modern' pickups in a
doesn't quite make it sound or play like a fifty year
After all, isn't your instrument's tone just as important to
you as the way it looks?
By the way,
Angeltone pickups are available either as singles or
as in sets - either 'vintage correct'
(all pickups with same coil winding direction
and magnetic polarity) or 'RW/RP'
(one pickup is reverse wound/reverse
magnetic polarity) for hum suppression at no extra
Please specify when ordering.
Also, each Angeltone musical
instrument pickup is covered under a limited lifetime
covering materials and workmanship to the original purchaser
Please click on the Legal Stuff link in the menu at the
top of this page for details
'lefty friendly'. I know that for those of us
who happen to be lefties
finding good vintage styled guitar pickups can be
make 'left handed' versions of all of my
pickup models with staggered magnets at no
Thank you Tony P,
Brad R, Harold, Greg B, Steve H, George, and
she who talked a lot about angels
and dreams and gave me the idea to immortalize the greats
who came before,
Fender, Jimmy Bryant, Danny Gatton, Buddy Holly, Jimi and
and now John Stannard too.
the name Angeltone. Gina, thank you, wherever you