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Welcome to the website of the ultimate tone tools:

Boutique, entirely hand-made pickups for guitar & bass!



WHY should you try GAS Pickups?

Well, we give you 3 simple reasons:

1. Improve the dynamics in the sound of an electric instrument.

2. Upgrade an electric instrument's tone with 100% handwound pickups, made from the worldwide BEST, hand picked materials!

3. Expand the tonal range of an electric instrument.


Here is the current valid price list (v 7.0 winter 2017-18):

And, for anything else as infos, inquiries, etc, please feel free to mail us at info@gaspickups.com


NEW!!!!

Our main retailer is now Music Accessories shop!

For international customers: Visit our retailer's website www.musicaccessories.gr for ordering!


Enjoy your stay here!!!



Please scroll down on this page, in order to:


- Read our HOT NEWS,


- Find some interesting information about the design and production of our pickups,


- See some of our custom projects


 


Or be sure to visit the website's subpages, by clicking on the relevant knobs on top of this page:


- "Singles", "Buckers", "Bass" pages are Product pages and obviously feature more details on our products.


- "Sound" page has lots of GAS Pickups' videos & soundclips.


HOT NEWS

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- Oct 5th: Our new "Strange Brew" set, featuring our new GAS PAFoids Nb & Bb with antique, pure German silver covers. Put them on your SG® or ES® guitar, and you get that unmistakable sound of the 60's superband Cream. Along with 10 - 15nF range tone caps you get the perfect, desirable "Woman tone", whith which Eric "God" Clapton turned the world upside down!!

A real "Spoonful" of tone....!.

- Sept 22nd: New PAFoid models PAFoid Nb & Bb Legend

With balanced coils, Nb & Bb deliver a warmer sound, as in the 60's era, however they feature top notch quality parts, as all our other Legend Pickups.

Pictured left in double white, with the correct 1960 ivory bobbin color! .

-Aug 31st: "The Messiah"!

Our brand new T bridge model, which closes the T bridge model series.

Designed for the correct '52/'53 era blues sound, it's the perfect tool for those Roy Buchanan/Albert Collins sounds. Available only as "Legend" version with correct US made A3 0,187" rods, heavy PVA wire, correct alloy baseplate, thick coil airslot and its own winding profile.



- Aug 30: NoGASter, our new T-bridge model, for that old school, woody sound of the late 40's/ealry 50's.

Also available in the "legend" version with correct A3 alloy rods, and heavy PVA wire, more on our Singles page!

- June 28th: New GAS Pickups S Single set: "GASRV"!

After many requests, we decided to create a special S set for the ultimate Texas Blues/Rock sound, to the style of legend SRV.

After many tests on different configurations we created a mixed set wth A3 & A5 singles, using Polysol as well as Heavy PVA wire, different coil airslots, as well as flat top & bevel top rods! The result is a set with a huge sound: Fat and spanky on neck, nice bluesy flavor in the mid position and roaring snarl on bridge. The (hum free) in-between sounds provide also the well known, rich harmonic quak.

More infos in our S Singles section...

May 16th: Our GAS PAFoids in the "Legend" Version! Features:

- German Silver (copperless plated) long-leg baseplate

- Correct alloy slugs & poleshoes
- Correct alloy flat head Fillister screws
- "Butyrate" bobbins
- Brass bobbin screws
- Hand crafted flamed-maple spacers
- Elektrisola AWG42 P155 wire
- German Silver (copperless plated, 0% chrome) cover in "antique" look
- Single braided hook-up wire w/thick cloth
- Our unique magnet bars! 1964 MMPA specs, degaussed, long, rough cast AlNiCo 5 bars, made in the US by Thomas & Skinner magnetic factory exclusively for GAS Pickups!

Hearing is believing!

Shipping now!



About GAS Pickups

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GAS pickups

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Elektrisola P155 wire reels

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A Mini coil winder by CNC

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Alnico bars in GAS (II, III, V)

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German Nickel covers (new and aged look)

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Frequency response curves on the Pickup Analyzer screen

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Different staggering on GAS S singles

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Wax potting of a GAStone S single

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Aged PAFoid M humbucker with cover

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We knew...

When we decided to proceed with the manufacturing of guitar pickups, we knew that it was a really tough thing. But we made it even more demanding: We didn’t want to be “just another” pickup manufacturer. We wanted to produce fine, yet affordable guitar & bass pickups, covering a wide range in the sound spectrum of the electric guitar & bass, so that quite everyone would find his favorite one. And, further from that, we wanted to be able to create custom models, in order to satisfy even the most demanding players! Our main motto: "Get YOUR pickup!"

 

And so, we moved on.

Countless hours of studying (again, after 25 years!) the Physics, in order to be able to design properly: A guitar pickup is WAY MORE than just winding a coil…

Whole weeks of researching the world market for the best materials…

Dozens of coffee mugs really helped keeping our heads in place...

 

All GAS Pickups are designed here in our lab, and they are handwound and hand assembled! Further, all GAS Pickups' parts are made strictly in the US, Italy and Germany! We test all pickups one by one here in GAS, before shipping. And this is our main warranty to you!

 

Today, Winter 2017, more than 43 guitar models & 9 bass models are under regular production (see in the relevant sections for more details), and others are under design. Also, for guitar players that needed something very specific, many custom models are already made. Visit the custom shop section below on this page, for more details on that!


For anything beyond, just contact us at info@gaspickups.com. Yannis, the GAS Pickups mastermind, will be happy to inform you about anything you wish to know!!



 

We knew…                                                                                     …but we took our chance!

 

Wire: A "fine" thing...

The wire, which is used for the pickup coils, is one of the most important materials for creating good pickups, and also for keeping the consistency of the production line on a high level.

After using for some short period the traditional plain enamel wire, for GAS  Pickups we mainly use the P155 - Grade 1 "Polysol enamelled" copper wire from Elektrisola™ (AWG 42 & 43), a world leader in industrial wire manufacturing. The P155 is not just another copper wire. It furthermore has a thin tin layer over the copper (tinned before enamelling), that keeps the outer wire surface absolutely even, and ensures constant resistance and capacitance over length unit (WAY better than the plain enamel wire!!!). And this is a  crucial fact for perfect coils with maximum consistency.

Further upon, Grade 2 PVA AWG 42 copper wire from Elektrisola, is also used on some GAS models. This features a thick insulation from the same material as the old Formvar® wire!

A nice turn...

When deciding on the coil winding machine, it was clear that we needed a really professional, reliable solution, that would allow precise creation of the designed coils, as well as easy, perfect recreation of any of them.

That's why we finally went for the CNC mini coil winder®. That small unit, operated entirely from a PC, allows not only precise coil winding, but also perfect reproduction (since all coil designs are saved in its library directories). Further upon, automatic-, manual- and also scatterwound winding are offered. It's easy to operate and needs very limited space due to its small footprint.



Magnetic issues...

Magnetic material sets the prerequisites for the main dynamic behavior of a pickup. In GAS Pickups we use AlNiCo II, III and V cast magnet bars & rods, and also OX Ceramic bars.

AlNiCo material affects also the inductance of the coils, and therefore the final frequency response of the pickup. Our A5 magnet bars are made by the world's top manufacturers in the US, the same ones who delivered magnet bars in the 50's & 60's to the top US music industry brands!

All magnet bars and rods are strictly magnetized by our suppliers on our specs. Although, during our extensive quality control, poor magnetized bars & rods are trashed, and replaced with proper ones, in order to ernsure the required field strenth and homogeneity.

Base, Roof & in-between...

Metal parts used in humbuckers, like baseplates and covers, can be really disastrous for the sound, since these may sigificantly increase the Eddy currents and thus decrease the upper mids and treble response of the pickup. The effect appears mostly (but not only...) on cheap pickups.

The baseplates and covers used in the GAS humbuckers are made exclusively from high quality German Silver (copperles plated!), a material with extremely high impendance, in order to keep the Eddy currents as low as possible. Other small tricks, as inslulating the magnet bar & poleshoe from the baseplate, do also help on reducing those currents.

Further upon, also all other metal parts in our humbuckers (fillister screws, slugs, poleshoes, mounting screws, etc.) are of the best available quality, ensuring proper function of the designed magnetic circuit.

The naked truth...

The assembled pickup needs to be measured, in order for its correct functionality to be verified. However, to just measure its R-L-C data it's not enough at all. The frequency response is the main measure that will show if the pickup really works as it was designed to.

For this task we use the Lemme Pickup Analyzer, a PC based tool that allows precise measurement of the frequency response of a stand alone pickup, but also when connected to a volume and/or a tone control, with a cable, etc.

Correct staggering...

For proper balancing between strings and best response, we set the correct pole staggering on our pickups, which is almost unique for every guitar.

While for Humbuckers and G-Singles it's fairly easy to set up the screw height anytime, S- and T-Singles, GAS-Masters as well as Bass pickups require a very careful staggering, depending mainly on their position on the relevant guitar. Currently, most of our single coil bobbins arrive already with our GAS Custom staggering.,

Wax against howling...

In order to keep GAS pickups as immune as possible against feedback, we do pot them inside a wax mixture (paraffine & bee wax).

Wax potting, however, affects the resonance frequency by lowering it for a few hundreds of Hz (depending on the model and the potting time). Therefore, we have to consider this side effect into the initial pickup design, so that the final, potted pickup delivers the desired frequency response curve.

Lookin' old...

Since Aging was (and still is) core business for G.A.S., we can deliver any of our pickups in aged look. Just ask!.

GAS Custom Shop: "Get YOUR pickup!"

Tired of testing dozens of pickups, and never get really satisfied?
Need the perfect match for YOUR specific guitar, on YOUR own style?

Then, just ask the GAS Custom Shop! We will discuss with you your specific needs and then, we'll design and built YOUR OWN custom pickup model.

Many GAS pickup users already have their own pickup model(s) on their axes. Just scroll down and have a look!

Manolis "Doc" Tsigkos - INNER-Bucker (custom humbucker)


Manolis "Doc" Tsigkos, guitar player of the Greek metal band "Innerwish" and the Dio tribute band "Rock 'n' Roll Children", needed a special designed bridge humbucker for his 1980 Les Paul,Custom.

The guitar, typically for the end 70's Gibson era, has that heavy sippo mahogany, maple neck and ebony fingerboard, a combination which allows great attack and low end, but very poor upper midrange.

We designed a pickup close to our GAShopper (see in our Buckers section for more info), but with more midrange response for it, and the result was the INNER-bucker, making a really roaring guitar. On neck position we put a GAShopper neck model..

Bill Kottos - GASe of Spades (Custom Humbucker)


Bill "Killer" Kottos, guitar player of the Greek Motorhead tribute band " NO REMORSE", brought his brand new, custom made Les Paul Custom in order for us to design a bridge humbucker that would deliver that aggressive, trebly sound that suits best on Motorhead songs.

The guitar is made from light Kaya african mahogany, flame maple neck and top, and tiger ebony fingerboard. In order to enhance the upper mids, we took our GASer Plus (see in our Buckers section for more info) as basic design, and put an extremely highly charged OX magnet bar (160mTesla field!) inside. Further upon we designed the coils to be extremely unbalanced, so that the bite was higher. The pickup is named the "GASe of Spades", and it really delivers that killer sound!

Michalis Kontogiorgis - SIN-Bucker (Custom Humbucker)


Michalis Kontogiorgis, guitar player of the Greek Ozzy tribute band "The Ultimate Sin", wanted to replace the two EMGs in his MIJ ESP Eclipse with regular, passive pickups. We took a GASer (see in our Buckers section for more info) and modified it for more bite and aggression, and the SIN-bucker was born.

On neck position we placed a PAFoid M humbucker.

Terry Mavridis - Custom 5 string Jazz GAS 60


Terry Mavridis (bass player at Michalis Rakintzis band, Motive, as well as on many projects/bands) wanted to modify his Odyssey 5-string bass to a "Jazz Bass (TM) sounding" one.

He came to GAS and we discussed the options for this request. A really tough project, since the bass initially had soapbar Bartolinis, with same length on both positions! We designed and built two custom 5-string Jazz-GAS pickups, but we had to extremely modify the new pickup coils to be able to fit inside the existing routes.

Neck pickup was voiced really deep, bridge pickup was made for a more brillant, full JB sound. Finally, two different capacitors (22nF & 47nF) were added in order for Terry to have different sound options.