Pickup spotlight - McNelly Jazzmaster range

Pickup spotlight - McNelly Jazzmaster range

For me, the Jazzmaster totally reset the bar of what I wanted from a guitar. The Chime, overall feel, scale, string tension and versatility spoke to me instantly. This is the same for so many of my customers, so I wanted to highlight the range of Jazzmaster pickup options available through us, how you can capture the classic JM tones and how you can mix it up a little without the need for re-routing or a new pickguard. So let's dive right in.

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McNelly Black Friday new model release!

McNelly Black Friday new model release!

For this year's black Friday, we have officially launched a range of pickups which have always been available, but upon special request previously, making them part of the main line-up!

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The Saint Nick returns!

The Saint Nick returns!

It's Christmas, the eggnog is flowing, and McNelly Pickups thought they'd have a bit of fun with these, and for one night only (Christmas Eve) bring back the Saint Nick! Dropping single coils in a humbucker guitar with no need for mods is the name of the game with the Saint Nicks.

They're warm, fat, and chimey. Just like the man himself.

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McNelly Charlie Christian Soapbar Pickup demo!

McNelly Charlie Christian Soapbar Pickup demo!

Using traditional components, true to the original CC Pickup design but of course in typical McNelly fashion, trying to further improve on it too. This pickup is beautifully clear and very transparent, whilst also being incredibly responsive to touch and tone/volume settings. I recorded this clean demo (which also shows it mixed with a T-Bar bridge pickup for example purposes) to hopefully show what a beautiful sounding and versatile pickup this is. Charlie Christian by name and design, but a whole lot more than just a swing/jazz sound!

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Thinking of swapping your pickups? - A handy guide for new tone hunters!

Thinking of swapping your pickups? - A handy guide for new tone hunters!

Changing your guitar's pickups can prove to be a brilliantly cost effective way of transforming the sound of your guitar, and also a way of bringing out the best in your instrument. For so many it has been the first port of call in modifying their guitar and changing their sound. Perhaps you're planning on tweaking a more entry level Squier for example, chances are that you love how the guitar feels and plays but it's low quality pickups just don't quite do the job. This can sometimes even be the case with higher value instruments and it's existing pickups just simply don't fit the bill for you, be it personal tastes etc.

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Project Offset - A Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster goes under the knife

Project Offset - A Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster goes under the knife

One task that's always at the top of my 'To-Do' list, is creating a collection of demo videos for the entire McNelly Pickups Range. Although I've recorded videos with some beautiful premium guitars, without doubt the best way of demo-ing pickups is by upgrading more 'budget' instruments. Why? Well this is a great way of not hiding behind quality woods and materials. If it sounds great, then it's mostly because of the pickups!

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Meet The Maker - Social Distortion to Luthiery, a chat Drew Walsh of Walsh Guitars

Meet The Maker - Social Distortion to Luthiery, a chat Drew Walsh of Walsh Guitars

I began to notice a bit of a transition in the guitar market over over the last few years. One that saw guitar buyers yearning for something a little different to the norm. Instrument designs that perhaps break the conventional molds, and I think the times we are in at the moment, those alternative choices available have never been better. 

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Prisma Skate #Shopsessions featuring a bunch of McNelly Pickups...

Prisma Skate #Shopsessions featuring a bunch of McNelly Pickups...

Agh man, this video is truly a badass overload.

Prisma Guitars (check them out if you haven't before) film these Shop Sessions right in their workshop in SF.
All Prisma instruments, which all sport McNelly Pickups here. Nice right?

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McNelly P90 Soapbar pickup Demo Video!

McNelly P90 Soapbar pickup Demo Video!

Before the Kay ET200 guitar went back out of the door with it's owner, we had chance to nip to the studio and record a demo video of it's brilliant McNelly P90 Soapbar Bridge Pickup.

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The McNelly Sparkletron Filter'Tron Pickups Review

The McNelly Sparkletron Filter'Tron Pickups Review

You may have remembered around the tail end of last year we sent the good folk over at Guitar & Bass Magazine a few sets of McNelly Pickups to check out. They chose the T-Bar, Stagger Swagger and The Sparkletron to scrutineer, and if you missed those issues in paper form, all three reviews are now available to read online!

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