Chris Hartway – I’ll Wait For You

I got this clip from guitarist/builder Chris Hartway to use as a demo for my CCII pole piece pickups. He’s playing an original composition titled “I’ll wait for you”. I really like his playing style and I’m honored to have him using my pickups on some of the guitars he builds. He’s playing his latest build, a pine bodied tele, a doug fir neck and Kerly 50’s nickel 11-50 strings. He’s on the polepiece CCII, plugged into an Ampeg Jet J12 with an MXR reverb pedal. Recorded with an iPhone.

On a side note, the CCII is available in brown now as well as the original black.

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Engine Turned C.A.R. Pickups

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I never get tired of seeing Bill Frisell play. Here’s another post from the Fretboard Journal of Bill playing his Tele with my engine turned C.A.R. pickup.

Until the end of April, I’m offering the C.A.R. pickups with an engine turned finish at no additional cost. No code needed, just include a note at checkout when purchasing.


Koll Guitars

I’m pleased that master builder, Saul Koll, has included my pickups in a few of his builds. Below are a few photos of some of the recent ones that have been sold through Music Emporium on the East Coast.

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Coleman Smith – Wild Fiddlers Rag

The guys in Texas who received the two mandolins that I posted pictures of last week just texted me this iPhone clip of Coleman Smith playing Wild Fiddlers Rag. It seemed like they were having a great time today with their new toys. It certainly made my day to see such a great player on the mandolin.

Bill Frisell

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of Bill Frisell stopping by the shop. We ended up having dinner at Pappy and Harriet’s and afterwards doing some picking at my house. Something I won’t soon forget. When he got home he ended up sending me one of his teles for a C.A.R. pickup and a new pick guard. The tele has a 24 3/4 scale neck by JW Black and the artwork on the body is by Terry Turrell.

Jan 20th Fretboard Journal posted a clip of Bill doing an instrumental version of Dylan’s ” A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”  He’s playing on the neck pickup going through a Strymon Flint pedal into a Gibson GA-50T amp. Enjoy….

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