Each pickup we make is wound by hand. The real secret to this art lies in the winding pattern, which entails how the wires are spread across the bobbin and how much pressure is used to tighten the coils. Preserving the traditional techniques of pickup winding enables us to weave together the qualities that embodied the essence of the Golden Age.
The machines and materials we use work symbiotically to create a unique sound - that richness that has become an identifying marker of B&G Guitars. Our approach is quality and accuracy: using the right materials for the job and making sure that they are the best around. Since we make only a small number of pickups, we have no need to compromise on using premium quality materials and techniques, or in other words - no compromise on sound.
The B&G hand-wound pickups are the result of several years of experimenting with different magnets and materials, winding patterns and tensions. The number and tension of the coil windings are carefully controlled to allow a certain degree of microphonic effect, to allow the pickup to better transduce the acoustic tone of the guitar. The winding pattern is scattered to achieve a specific character and midrange complexity.
We simply believe that each of our models has its own tone and feel, and can suit a variety of styles and genres, all in respect of the vintage inspiration that is the B&G trademark.
The P90 is our first, seminal design. The fundamental tones are warm and full-bodied and are surrounded by a translucent halo of harmonics, that add depth and shine to the tone. The output power is medium-low. Warm and smooth, never too aggressive, the P90s gain an interesting ‘hollow' quality in the middle position of the toggle switch (both pickups on).
We reckon the P90 to be the most transparent of our designs, allowing the acoustic character of the guitar to be translated to the amplifier. The in-house cast brass cover not only contributes to smooth the frequency response in the upper midrange but also to effectively shield the pickup against the typical hum of the single coil designs.
The Humbucker pickups are our interpretation of the classic PAF style pickups of the late ‘50s. They offer the richness in the lower end that made this design so popular but without a trace of muddiness. The midrange is expressively vocal, and the top end has presence and airiness. The output power is vintage/medium, strong enough to push the front end of any classic amp but retaining excellent clarity and definition. The Humbuckers deliver an excellent cut through the mix, allowing a detailed, articulated tone, from clean melodic lines to classic rock riffs and hard rock leads.
The Kikbuckers, named after Yotam "Kiki" Goldshtein, the B&G Guitars co-founder and Master Builder who developed them, are our own design, aimed to retain the look, size and, most of all, playing feel of our original P90, but without the hum associated with single coil pickups. The two stacked coil cancel the hum, and a careful balance between the two coils ensures a tone that is somehow in between the warm, smooth character of our P90, and the rich clarity of our Humbucker. The Kikbuckers have their own personality, consisting in a signature bite in the upper midrange, for crispiness that will emerge in the band. Slightly hotter than our original P90s, they present a bolder, firmer tone, and virtually no hum at all, thus very suited also for players who make more intensive use of overdrive and distortion tones, or for studio cats who need their P90 tone to be dead-quiet in the recording session.