Don Mare Pickups - Imagine going back in time to the 1950s and being able to get a set of pickups wound to suit your style and gear, then zoom back to today -- Don Mare's Pickups has done it!
Don Mare Pickups - 100% vintage tone reproduction is found here, Its all about Vintage here, and nothing else, our entire focus is aimed at recapturing every detail. 1000's of Vintage Purist /Customers will agree!, Real 50's vintage magic happens here.
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The Hayride Set, Not just for Country! this is thee~ best 1954 to 64' Tele* set made!
(1954 to '63 Era) with staggered AlNiCo 5 magnets **This is My Best Balanced and Most Sought After Set with the best in-between positions.** But please don't let the name fool ya! These are killer for Rock, Blues and Jazz, with a rich tone and vibe that's like no others!
Bridge: 6.4k, staggered A-5 magnets Neck: 6.6k AlNiCo-5 magnets with the Nickel Silver Cover
Ok, after a few years of trying to nail down that Perfectly Balanced EQ, I finally got the quintessential sound all figured out. I'm 100% sure you'll love what these pickups do!
The neck comes with a nickel silver Tele®cover, staggered and beveled A-5 magnets on the bridge, and black cotton string over the coil is standard. However '59 to '63 era white cotton string can be yours by requesting it with your PayPal payment.
Great harmonics - alive and airy- no squeal, but still microphonic. No ice pick, no metallic harshness - PURE bell tone!
Note: Also available in a flat pole option upon email request. my stagger is altered to be more modern. so even a 10" radius is no problem, and My "G" is slightly lowered.
HUGE PICKUP SALE! **** MARCH~MADNESS! Sale Price/ Regular Price: $224.00 /$244.00 a Set with USA Shipping $246.50 /$266.50a Set with Overseas/Canada Shipping $243.41 /$265.30 a Set with California Sales Tax
Bridge Only Sale Price/ Regular Price: $115.00 / $125.00 Bridge only with USA Shipping $137.50 / $158.00 Bridge only with Overseas/Canada Shipping $125.03 / $142.04 Bridge only with California Resident Tax
**OPTIONAL RELICING for $20.00 per set ($10.00 ea.) click the button at the bottom of this page!
The NEW "S.T. BAKERSFIELDS"
TWO NEW PICKUPS!
--The S.T. Bakersfield A-5 Staggered 5.6k , 1954 to 64' (Also can be requested in FLAT-POLE A5. Just attatch note in Paypal or send request in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org) ---Comes with the '54 Neck (A-5; 6.6k)
--The S.T. Bakersfield A-3 Flat Pole 5.4k,1950 to 53' Blackguard era. ---Comes with the '53 Neck (A-3; 6.1k)
For the most TWANG and Vintage Vibe! A louder coil wind for volume boost! Awesome vintage wind pattern! Designed to be used with your guitar tone knob or though old-school Fuzz effects.
FAQ: "What is the difference between the A-3 and the A-5 magnets?"
The A-3's are a little brighter and have a musical "breakup-like" tone. Some call this sound "sweeter". A-3's were found from '50-'53.
The A-5's are bolder and bigger Bell-toned.
But both the A-5's and A-3's are "super twangy" using these low DC OHM specs.
Order your BAKERSFIELD A5 Version Here:
Order your BAKERSFIELD A3 Version Here:
0038-10k-Alnico-3's, for 1950 to almost 51' // Broadcaster* era tone! (AKA The Keefer)
"The 0038's" were also found on the early Lap Steels.
The Bridge uses correct smaller vintage enamel wire 43 and AlNiCo 3 magnets.
The Neck uses correct vintage enamel wire 43 and AlNiCo 5 magnets (as found on the original Broadcasters®)!
A very much-favored 1950-1951 Broadcaster® era set of pickups! (for early Broadcaster® Tone)
Available in sets! 6.6k Neck is our 1955 model with the transparent Nickel Silver Cover.
Bridge is the 10k its the new*standard 0038 model, Or you can request the HOTTER 11.5k via~ email after payment with PAYPAL is completed. Steel Base plates are standard Equipment on all Tele Bridges.
HOWEVER; on this pickup you could get it WITHOUT the .049" Vintage metal base plate. Originally, the lap steels did not have base plates, thus- adding treble and top end (Nice!). but there is a slight volume loss as a trade off, due to magnets not reacting to a plate, as the plate does stablize the magnets and increase Gauss power slightly - thus raising the volume up. The non-base plate is already tapped for the use of 3-regular 6/32" Tele® adjustment screws ( all Included with rubber springs) heres how to request this, send a email to me @ email@example.com in the emails SUBJECT: in Capitol's Write "ORDER CHANGE" then request NO PLATE is all. 10k 0038 new* standard *TOP-SELLER!* aka~"Keefer"; Loud with pushed mids. Still bright and cutting. Used for slightly brighter "K. R.-like" Rock and Roll tone . Very~Very popular! (used by, Bob Segars Band, Steely Dan's Band, Jesse @ Cowtown Guitars, etc)
11.5 k:"0038 hotter"; ( By email request - or by paypal's s ad-a-note option) Perfect balance. Best EQ.
*NOTE: How to Order Your Bridge Specs*
CHOOSE CORRECT PAYPAL BUTTON. Then use their "Note to Seller" button. Click on "Add" and simply type in "HOTTER 11.5k" It's that simple, we'll do the rest! the 11.5k has about 1200 more turns of wire 43 gauge enamel, this adds more power/ push and gets closer to that P-90® territory!
**OPTIONAL RELICING** done for $20.00 extra per set ($10.00 ea.) Click *RELIC YOUR PICKUP/SET* in the *UPPER SIDE MENU* of this page
I alter all my specs slightly (0.1k to 0.2k) to adjust and compensate for winding variances and chassis, in order to reach the goal results tonally. These special wraps are now in sets or singles.
1950-53' Blackguard era (rare overwind) TWEED KONG for Tele®
"Tweed Kong" its made with Wire 42, and Alnico-3 magnets, its been maxed out @ 8+k ohms
(Formerly named: "Tweed Monster")
Special Rosie wind pattern, Designed to BARK and Crack/Clang. Vintage 1950 to 53' Blackguard* AlNiCo-3 era Fender® It's Loud and proud and very _vintage familiar to the ears_Blues Rocker to Classic Rocker, It has Increased Bass and Mids. Plenty of push, and the trebles are still plenty bright, too! a big sounding pickup!
Set also comes with the a very unique Neck , slightly overwound AlNiCo-5 magnets with a nickel silver cover + chrome plating.
1950 to 53' era AlNiCo-3's or get the 1954' to 64' era Staggered AlNico 5's // The Magnificent 7's
Seven is a great spec! 7.0k It boosts the power but retains the twang and true Tele® sound.
Mag' Seven set Neck: 6.8k, A5 magnets Bridge: 7.0k, A3 magnets The A-3 Bridge pickup makes for a great _"BLACKGUARD"_ era Tele® 51'-53' but with some added sweetness and snarl from the AL-3's, the set will come with a slightly hotter-powerful Al-5 / 6.8k Neck (with clear sounding Nickel Silver / Chrome Pickup Cover) The neck is more Guttsy then my regular Al-5 6.5k 1954' version - but it's never muddy!
A-5 optional bridge, by request only. Neck: when set is order is the same as above, 6.8k, A5 magnets Bridge: 7.0k, A5(FLAT POLE) magnets The A-5 version adds power and bark, big bell tone and twang. For those who want a little more Boldness without Muddyness! Awesome for Blues, Rock or Country.
How TO CHANGE ORDER to ALNICO-5's please; go ahead and pay me first , using check / mo or PAYPAL by PAYPAL just click the Alnico 3's Magnificent-7's paypal button below; Then to recive the ALNICO 5 bridge, Just email your order change right here to me,do this right after you complete the paypal transaction - email www.buckcannon.com then simply title it "ORDER CHANGE" then Request ALNICO_5's be used, I'll do the rest, easy right?
A-3 ~ MAG' 7'~ Sets or Singles
The "Blackguard era" Don0caster Set 1950 to 53' era.
The Hot BakeLites, a Custom mix of both Telecaster eras' 1951 thru to 1964
'51-to-64' Blues-to-Rock BADDNESS, One totally Customized Modded Set!, For the best of all eras!
The Bridge is '51 to '53 Era AlNiCo-3, however the set has been modded with an ALNiCo-5 Neck pickup with the Nickle Silver Chrome plated cover.
Killer Playability! 6.7k Bridge! Hot enough to push the amp a little better, but never overdoes it!!! 1950's AlNiCo 3 tone- great for rock, blues , country! Seems like current trends in music like, Hot Country guitar solos, Hot Dirty Blues, and Hard Classic Rock has created a huge demand for this 50's modified Bakelite-era set. This set will get you there and also to places you have never been! Here's the Mods: The Neck is my normal 1953 model, 6.6k is AlNiCo 5 nickel-silver cover The Bridge is fat and full yet cutting. Its a 6.7k AlNiCo 3 flat pole.
(Artists currently using this set include Kirk "Eli" Fletcher, Rick Holmstrom ( this set has been his main stay in the butterscotch Tele®) & many more top players.) :Its also my _GO - 2 _set whenever Im gigging in a blues band" DM
The Super Sports, 1954 to 64' era rare overwinds.
7.3k Flat Pole Al-5's For: Telecaster®
THE NEW YORK ROCK SECRET'S OUT! Lou Reed himself; referd to these as: "The Supers"
Other NY Artist: ARAM BAJAKIAN, G.E. Smith, RICK KELLY GUITARS
Rock's best pickup is The Super Sports
Also; try it in a super popular, "EL'Black Krow" 7.4k version! (These El Black Krows are easily available, just email a request after payment is made)
The Big Telecaster® Sound - a blast from the past! Our most demanded tone in a set for Tele®. When you think of Telecaster®, this is the sound most people think of.
--Bridge pickup is 7.3k Al-5 - or by email request the7.4k Al-5 --Flat pole pieces --Neck pickup is our regular T-Style A5 with an nickel-silver cover for more transparency.
This set is also featured in G.E. Smiths "Bowery Tele" from builder Rick Kelly in New York. It's been the recipient of many compliments for its ear-pleasing tone. Lou Reed also owns two Rick Kelly Pinecasters with "Super Sports".
Upgrade to my OPTIONAL:"Neck Pickup, The S-Telly" (just a $20.00 Up charge)
Its wire 42 is just like a S-style neck pick tone, but with the cool sound of the Telecaster® Style Nickel Silver metal cover for Jazzy-Blues, or Rock (beautiful Stratocaster® like tones.) Simply scroll down to my S-Telly necks, and hit the upgrade to S-Telly Neck PayPal button to order.
RELICING: Can be done for $19.00 extra per set, ($10.00 ea.) click the button at the bottom of this page to order relicing.
Here is a live demonstration of this pickup:
Super Sport set with International Shipping $246.50 :Includes Canada
Into Roy Buchanan?
The Real Nancy CLONE!!!
(a.k.a. *New* "2324's")
~Calling all Roy Buchanan fans~ ... Please Read:
My LIFETIME GOAL, was to actually make a bridge pickup identical in every way to Roy Buchanan's 53 Tele he nicknamed Nancy.
The pickup in his Nancy never would give up a ohm reading. This baffled us for years and years... But it’s not uncommon for a pickup to fail and suddenly lose its entire bass. I used to get calls about pickups doing that in the field and we would offer replacements. The common complaint was this: "All the bass is gone and now it sounds treble-y ~ and now I can’t get any ohm readings ~ yet it’s still working, but it’s a total treble bomb"
In 2007, when I was allowed to play Nancy and go "under her hood" to take readings, etc., I found there was no ohm reading from the bridge. So I recorded some clips www.roybuchanan.org click on :( Music)
That’s me testing Nancy with the owner because he thought something was wrong and it needed to be fixed... LOL. By the way, Nancy's Christy Auction House value is currently at $600K. The majority of the interest in obtaining her is that sound of hers. Just listen to my clip. She was unique. There’s no way to debunk that! It’s because of that failing pickup, and the neck was nicely spec-ed from the factory.
But for 4 years steady I’ve chased that sound. Got close using alternative components, etc., and have made revisions to my product with every new break-thru.
But deep down inside I wanted to know just what happened inside Nancy’s pickup and duplicate it perfectly without adding a thing. I just wanted to recreate it perfectly- Clone it, or make a Twin Sister! That was my Life-Time Goal that I wanted to achieve in this life!
WHY?.... just because Nancy is often thought of as the best sounding Telecaster® that there ever was... need I say more? She’s super important, that voice of hers needed to be recreated, and it was my mission to hopefully do just that and then offer it to those who wanted it dearly. Just like I once needed it dearly when I decided to sport a band that just did Roy’s tunes. BUCK CANNON BAND.
There was no other way to get that sound, i.e. this sound!
Comes with Schematics, new/old stock .047 and a brand new .1 for in-series!
The Guitar's 3-way switch will work the same as Nancy's did:
Or you can still use modern wiring. (it's optional) The celebration sale price is $245.50 It also includes: - (2) schematics - (1) .1 polyfilm - (1) .047 Cornel Dubliner Vintage NOS tone caps - (1foot) of cloth push black wire Pickups are AlNiCo III neck & bridge - neck has the same Brass Cover in Chrome as found on most all 53's.
The Nancy's Bridge Dc's, while using an ohm meter, will not actually read ohms on that tap - Just like Roy's Nancy does today and did all along! However you can get a Cap read of .0035 if you'd like to test things. The Neck is my 1953 clone, its just like Nancy in every way!
please NOTE: I do not EVER reccomend this 2324 set as your NUMBER ONE AXE, for that we suggest the 4709 set aka JOEL FOY's - they share allot incommon the 4709's react normal, the 2324's are not normal at all the bridge tone acts like a volme, the two pickup on posistion is not recognizible like we know it!, setting control plates volume from one pickup to other does not work well. it takes getting used too. the bridge pickup is shy on the Bass. DM
The 4709's a.k.a. Joel Foy's ( The most favored by my repete Customers!)
Available in sets or single bridge. "Early Blues & Rock-abilly": Twangy, steely & bright, but no ice pick. Good for rock or especially Blues. These are great specs!
Set: Neck: 6.2K, AlNiCo 3 Brass cover Bridge: 6.00k flat pole AlNiCo 3 Said to be the best sounding specs in the world!
**OPTIONAL RELICING**done for $20.00 extra per set ($10.00/ea.) Click the button at the bottom of this page to order relicing.
Note: I alter all my specs slightly (.1k to .5k) to adjust and compensate for coil shape-age / layering type variances, in order to reach the end-goal results "tonally", these special wraps are now in sets or single bridge.
GREEN ONIONS AKA "4041's" used by BILL KIRCHEN / on his Rick Kelly Guitar's PineCaster!
Available in sets or singles. Power and punch, with plenty of good ole' USA born TELE® TWANG! and ear-candy-pleasing treble, tight bass with that great twangy bass string sound! The Green Onion Bridge pickup ohms are at 6.8k this is considered a rare overwind by original 50's target specs which were 5.6k to 6.2k at Leos factory.. this pickups is a favorite of BILL KIRCHEN! and is favored by guys wanting a little more punch and pleasing trebles! GREEN ONIONS are a great choice!
Set: Neck: 1954 Neck with alnico-5 magnets Bridge: 6.80k with staggered alnico-5 magnets, ( Avalible in FLAT POLES by request after any payment)
This set's said to be slightly brighter than your basic modern 7.2K Tele®. There is no ice pick ( actually none of my sets ice pick- my Rosie*wind pattern cures that!) Country and rock players- this is a very, very dynamic set!
**OPTIONAL RELICING** done for $20.00 extra per set ($10.00 ea.)
Click the button at the bottom of this page to order relicing.
Note:Also available with flat pole magnets - or Lefty please leave a note with your paypal order or via e-mail if you want your set with flat pole magnets!
Note: Also available in flat pole option upon email request.
I'll sometimes alter all my specs slightly (.2k) to adjust and compensate for winding and coil shape variances and chassis, in order to reach the goal results tonally. These special wraps are now in sets or singles.
:These 5.7k bridges were found to KILLER!~WITH PINE WOOD bodies~
as used by, Rick Kelly "Carmine Street Guitars" NY, NY. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2)"Zep0tone 2"Live Version,
ROCKERS or BLUES PLAYERS, this is the,"go to set up!" (Bridge is hotterthan studio set,the story goes the bridge was rewound for Live work and became 6.6k) With: 6.6 Bridge/6.9neck + Nickel Silver Cover- So on the Neck we usedAlNiCo 3 "this was is used in place of A-5 to simulate a highly degaussed AlNiCo 5 that was found on the original."
(But the Bridge is Alnico 5 Staggered)
(3)"Tapped Zep0tone" Set
1st Tap: 5.7 Studio
2nd Tap: 6.6 Live
Suggested additional purchases with set:
250k Push Pull Pot, .047 N.O.S. Tone Cap, and 1 foot of Vintage Push Back Cloth Wire,
avalible in my Parts Page.
**SAME AWESOME_NECK PICKUP AS ABOVE SETS**
*Optional Relic on these*
Reliced, aged crackled Laquered, *Relic work is $19.00 extra per set.
Order your "Zep0tone 1"-Studio 5.7k Bridge Versions here:
Order your "Zep0tone 2"Live Version here: with 6.6k Bridge!
Order your "Tapped Zep0tone" here:
"The 2-Speed Tapped StangRay"
(Also with A5 Magnets) Tapped two times:
1st tap 6.6k 2nd tap 7.8k ( secret's out- have it your way too "u-call-it" choose magnets and specs. NOTE wire 42 stops at 8k, wire 43 stops at 15k lower tap must leave room for upper tap, theres no 8k wire 42 with a 12k 43 wire tap, as 8k alone took away all the bobbins coil space. )
Any hotter tap is always optional, but it and will need to be made with the thinnerwire 43'awg plain enamel coated (a.k.a. Broadcaster®)to get more wire on the bobbin because 8k with wire 42 is maxed out. Any more wire 42 after 8k makes the coil too big and fat so it will not stay on the bobbin nor will it be able to slide through the metal bridge slot of the bridge plate itself with the protective cotton string or pressure tape on.
by email request after Pay Pal order is complete or with any written order) 2-speed- taps- requires a Push pull pot switch or a micro switch I do sale both , the good ones! They are available, just click the Parts Page for parts or Wiring page for schematic/drawings
Necks for Tele®
"The Stretch Neck"
6.9k- Taller magnets and coil
AlNiCo 5 magnets Wire 43 awg Enamel Taller magnets are used to extend the coil height. This creates a cleaner neck tone and allows us to add more windings for more power! Nickel Silver cover is used for a transparent tone.
**Optional with any set add $15.00 upcharge.
6.1k wire 42 as found on the Strat® neck (not the standard Tele® skinnier neck wire 43)
S-style Tele®neck chrome covered T-model with S-Vibe!
And just like the Strat® The S-Telly uses Taller Alnico 5 Magnets
Wire 42 S-style wire is used, in place of wire 43, that is foundin all Tele® necks. Add with any bridge above 6.1k. Killer neck sound for Stratocaster® style tone, yet it's in a stock Telecaster® style chrome covered neck Telecaster® style pickup. Switch any set's neck to a S-telly - Use the Pay Pal button to add the upcharge of $15.00-its an 2nd. transaction all its own on Pay Pal - see button below...
Here's the first review to come back on an S-telly! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A recent letter sent to us about this neck pickup: "Dear SIR, OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! Oh MY GOD! I can't put my guitar down. What planet are you from? The neck pickup is the smoothest, glassiest, warmest, richest, most vintage sounding hunk of tone I have ever heard. My tele® sounds like a strat® at the flip of a switch. Not just a strat®, but THE perfect strat® tone. The one I could never find in a strat®. Seriously! Oh, but the bridge. THE BRIDGE! The bridge is just nasty. Dirtier than a 4 dollar tijuana hooker. No pick. No shrill. Harmonic as all hell. She growls and bites and snarls more than any humbucker I've ever played and it just keeps getting better. The more I play, the more I love you. Two little pickups. 3 little positions. Yet, sooooooooo many tonal possibilities. I took it down to my local luthier genius (he said it sounded, better than most real vintage teles® he's had come through his doors)and all the guys in the shop gathered round and refused to believe the specs. These things can go from a whisper to a scream effortlessly. I might have to order another set for the next life in case we don't end up in the same realm. OK, enough of that. Thank you very, very much. I will sing praises of your name to every Fender® player I ever encounter throughout all my days. I couldn't be happier. Keep on keepin' on. It is comforting to know there are guys like you out there. Great product, great customer service. Thank you! "
Neck pickup for Tele® 6.6k This is our Standard 55'-to-75' Vintage sound Neck Pickup for Tele®
This is the same pickup that's found on all my sets;
(except the 2324 and Donocasters - those sets use the 1953)
Clean - Clear - Bell Tones - cover; transparent Nickel Silver cover $110.00 each
**OPTIONAL RELICING done for $20.00 extra per set, or $10.00 each click the button at the bottom of this page to order relicing.
"The 53' Neck"
also featured on the, Don0caster or "2324" NANCY CLONE ~set, this is Our 1953 Neck Pickup Clone
Brass cover's were common on 53's it helps add that cool rolled off warmer, honky tone! AlNiCo-3 Magnets - 6.1k (Don Mares favorite neck pickup)
**OPTIONAL RELICING done for $20.00 extra per set, click the button at the bottom of this page to order relicing.
"Big Box-Arch Top"
for TELE® Neck
It's a very special design - It use's a Taller version Alnico 5 magnets, with wire 43 and 42 wrapped all on one coil - it sound s like a Big Box Arch Top / Hollow Body says: "Rick Holmstrom" - its a big Gibson® Humbucker like sound - but with all the cut, bell tones, and high end treble of Famous Fender single coils left in Also tap-able and comes with 13" wire taps. Can be wired on full time or tapped. When its tapped you have 6.6k or 7.9k - simply AWESOME -
OPTIONAL RELICING $20.00 per set (for Strat® or Tele®) $10.00 per single pickup (for Strat® or Tele®)
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A microphonic quality is built right in to these pickups - I do things to insure the good ones stay and the bad ones are gone, You can still hear clicks and talk into my pickups 'because we're after that true Old School tone!
The degree is moderate to avoid unwanted squeal.Currently, we take out the squeal and leave in the good microphonics.
DO YOU USE HIGH METAL-ish GAIN? Please let us know this when you order - (email us) or use "send a note" window at PayPalthen we will wax pot the pickups, a few more minutes longer so they will handle higher gain,as is Tube Screamers® are fine - it's the heavier Gain/Metal-ish pedals that will cause unwanted higher gain squeal -
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