Each pickup we make is wound by hand. The real secret to this art lies in the winding pattern, specifically 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 reinforce the qualities that epitomized the essence of the Golden Age.
The machines and materials we use work symbiotically to create a unique sound -- the 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 available. Since we make only a small number of pickups, we have no need to compromise on using premium quality materials and techniques, and consequently, 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 encourage a certain degree of microphonic effect, allowing 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, whilst at the same time, all being made with respect to 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 believe 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 smoothing the frequency response in the upper midrange, but also to effectively shielding the pickup from 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, providing 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 coils cancel the hum, and a careful balance between them produces a tone that is essentially in between the warm, smooth character of our P90, and the rich clarity of our Humbucker. The Kikbuckers have their own personality, providing a signature bite in the upper midrange, a crispiness that will undoubtedly emerge in the band. Slightly hotter than our original P90s, they present a bolder, firmer tone, with virtually no hum at all. Hence they are very suited to 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.