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Coming 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


About Angeltone


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 did.

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.

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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 sound.
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 immediately.

Custom orders are OK here, so If you need a special coil winding, special magnets or are a left handed player, I can help you.

   
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 statement too...
using them to make pickups seems to put one in a 'vintage state of mind'.


 

 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 pickups as accurately to the original specifications as possible. I'm so obsessive
about it
that I hand machine all of the own bobbin parts for my single coil pickups, still use
nitrocellulose instead of
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,
because I believe that changing the way a pickup is constructed
in any way can drastically change the pickup's tone.
Anyone can build a great looking guitar with all the right
parts, but putting 'modern' pickups in a reliced guitar
 doesn't quite make it sound or play like a fifty year old
original would.

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 cost.
Please specify when ordering.

   Also, each Angeltone musical instrument pickup is covered under a limited lifetime warranty
covering materials and workmanship to the original purchaser only.

Please click on the Legal Stuff link in the menu at the top of this page for details

Yes, Angeltone is 'lefty friendly'. I know that for those of us who happen to be lefties
(like me) finding good vintage styled guitar pickups can be almost impossible.
I make 'left handed' versions of all of my pickup models with staggered magnets at no extra cost!


        PS. Thank you Tony P, Brad R, Harold, Greg B, Steve H, George, and Gina...
     she who talked a lot about angels and dreams and gave me the idea to immortalize the greats
     who came before, like Leo Fender, Jimmy Bryant, Danny Gatton, Buddy Holly, Jimi and SRV,
and now John Stannard too.

   Hence the name Angeltone. Gina, thank you, wherever you are...