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.
update new orders 1-21-16 Lead times are down a bit 6 to 8 weeks, and I do work alone - this is ART to me and cannot be rushed or mass produced- the pickups tone speaks for itself, its what has kept me in this business almost 10 years!
One of the original winders, tone-tone-tone!
RELICING is optional. $10.00 ea. or $20.00 set
100% Real Vintage Cloned Pickups, Always "HANDMADE" -and- "HAND-WOUND"
Always true to Recreating the absolute Best ever sounding Vintage hand Wind Pattern that ever left Leo's Fiddle Factory! These were the special few, that always sounded better then others of the same vintage! "the keepers" its a well known fact that some of those old guitars, sounded much better then others just like them!, it was those special guitars pickups that i've cloned 100% The fine coil wire is always "Finger-Guided" onto each coil. and the 50's pattern I selected to use is always wrapped the same on each and every pickup I build here, the organic's feel and range is way beyond! PURE JOY and EXPRESSION! no more hauling a bunch of guitars to gigs! these pickups will have you covered! Recreating what is said to be: "The World's Best Vintage Tone"
You get the best of the best vintage sound that's ever been fully replicated. No automatic winding machine here. No cam patterns or CNC are ever used!! My machine is OLD SCHOOL- a perfect duplicate of one of Leo's 1950's "hand winders". Awesome vintage pattern... This old pattern/style of wind/tension/traverse/speed, etc. breaks all the rules! No Ice Pick, No Harshness- pure tone that breathes life into your fingers! A real tool for musicians that has no limits or dead ends! I feel this wind pattern was by far responsible for some of the best tones that ever left the factory in the 50's thru mid 60's. The pickups' coil tension is nice and tight around all 6 magnets (not just the ends, so the volume is increased). My hand wound coils are all done by eye. The coil tension is felt and adjusted constantly by my 2-fingers. This extra fine coil wire trails through my 2 fingers while the tension is continually adjusted to suit each and every wrap. Next, I control my wire spool's angle to the chassis, and continually adjust my winder speed to be sure the coils are extra tight. My cloned winding style stays true to the original form. This awesome wind is always recreated and used on each pickup I make, just like it was 1950 all over again! These pickups are very labor intensive and, what I truly feel, are today's very best ever vintage clones!
Phone Number# 562 331 9042
Some artists who enjoy Don Mare Pickups...
DEKE DICKERSON: Customized 6k Strat® Set, Tapped for Esquire® JIM WEIDER: Joel Foy Set WALTER BECKER of Steely Dan: 60's Strat®, 50's Strat®, 60's Strat® Formvars, 0038 Teles® @10K, and the new "MARESTANG" For Tele® its a Mustang® based Tele® Bridge
BOB SEGER BAND Rob McNeely : 0038s@10k and the Hot Bakelites and Super Sport Strat®
JOHN FOGERTY: Don Mare 3-Speed StangRay on 2 of his stage guitars. 3-Speed StangRay specs are: Alnico 5 @ 5.5k / 6.5k / 7.7k (Thanks, John! -DM) LOU REED: Super Sports for Tele®. also in Lou's bandARAM BAJAKIAN, on Tele® Hot Bakelite set
MARK RIBOT TRIO: Tele® Super Sports BILL KIRCHEN: Green Onion Set, Hot Bakelite set, Hayrides and a Custom "Coal Burner" set HAL LINDES (formerly of DIRE STRAITS):Custom Strat sets
Also, Top Blues artists...
RICK HOLMSTROM: Hot Bakelites and the S.T. Bakersfields in the AlNiCo-3 Magnet version
HENRY CARVAJAL, w/ ROD PIAZZA: The Night Flyers Strats®
LA JONES and the BLUES MESSENGERS: Formvar 50's, Joel Foy set
NICK MOSS Hot Bakelites + Zepotones studio
BROPHEY DALE: Joel Foy Bridge JUNIOR WATSON: Super Sports Strat®, with a extra Hot Formvar 50s Bridge; 7.4k
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Everything here is made and done just like it was in 1950-to-62' all over again. I have back-engineered only the very best of those old hand-wound pickups and settled on one special style of winding. I use it on all my pickups.
All my DON MARE pickups: - Have great organics - A player's touch - are attack sensitive and have very rich harmonics - have perfect volume and note bloom They breathe. They feel alive.
They are replicas of the world's best ever vintage pickup tone. Not just another vintage, but the best ever vintage, making you say "That's the one!"
They inspire, making the strings sound better. Your amp's tubes sound better. They'll never hit dead ends or road blocks. They do not limit your playing in any way shape or form. Instead they inspire you to develop further than you could dream was possible with today's pickups.
This is NOT HYPE - I actually don't like pickup hype! It's all Gospel truth! That, I can promise you. And I will stand by this. You will notice: "most all" my true vintage purist customers will verify that these claims are really 100% true.
I use my reverse-engineered vintage winding style "full-time." It's on everything I do here! I then located the finest AlNiCo 3 & 5 magnets made. These are actually better then vintage magnets, as they are more gas free and much more consistent then the old ones ever were. They really do sound much better than any magnets we have ever heard! I also use the very best quality vintage-spec copper magnet coil wire that's being made today- beautifully toned wire. My winder is a perfect duplicate of Leo's very first original winding machine, so your entire pickup coil is wrapped nice and tight around all your magnets- not just on the ends. That way the overall output is much more powerful and the brighter high-end has lots of head-room to spare. - No metallic harshness - No ice pick at all - No bright ear snap - No meshing or loss of single notes
Here you can finally find 100% real vintage tone dialed in to match your rig and style.
Note from Don:
The best way to compare my pickups is at a Vintage Guitar Show or a store that sells loads of vintage. That's how we did our testing here for many years, until we were 100% confident that I had unlocked Fender's best ever Vintage pickups.
Put any pickup I make up against an equal vintage counterpart and let it speak for itself. Take the other maker's with you and do the same comparisons. Otherwise its all "he said she said"- I like oranges, you like apples...etc. But that was never my quest. I was out to nail vintage tone or nothing. I never wanted to sell a thing. My quest was a personal one for me and a few artists I was tech-in for.
vintage purist those guys are the toughest pickup customers on earth! Ive made almost every single one happy to date!
If you ever think you have a partsocaster with real vintage tone, do yourself a favor and do what we did- get out there and do a few A & B test comparisons with real vintage guitars. Preferably with lots of them. Now, if you can walk away happy, prior to my winding these pickups we did these test and felt; -- "Hey, it seems were always only 85% max in reaching vintage tone on the 100% mark , because it's that 10% or 15% that will drive us all nuts. we did the same test to my pickups untill we flat out nailed it!
When you have owners of vintage guitars telling you they hear everything in yours that's in that vintage (Some even saing they like yours a little more) then its mission accomplished! At least it was for the artist and myself here. And that's the day I opened to the public- not one day earlier. I was dead set on getting this tone or die trying. -Don Mare
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