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Welcome to the website of the ultimate tone tools:

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



But... hold on! 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, hand-assembled pickups, made from the worldwide BEST, hand picked materials!


3. Expand the tonal range of an electric instrument.


GAS Pickups.

Making guitar & bass players happy...


Here is the current valid price list (for 2018):

International customers (ordering, inquiries, info requests, etc,): Please e-mail us at gaspickups@gmail.com


Retailer for Attiki and Greece: Music Accessories (www.musicaccessories.gr) shop!





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 25th: GAS PAFoid 59 legend set review video. The second review video by Alberto Barrero, a review expert from Spain, who has reviewed tons of gear (pedals, pickups, amps, guitars) on his youtube channel "Alberto Barrero - Beautiful Gear Demos"

- Oct 1st: GASparkle '61 set review video by Alberto Barrero, a true expert from Spain, who has reviewed tons of gear (pedals, pickups, amps, guitars) on his youtube channel "Alberto Barrero - Beautiful Gear Demos"

- Sep 27: The "Flaming GAS" is our solution for the ultimate 70's rock and hard rock fans. Ceramic bar, medium ouput for that well known, raunchy sound of the purest rock era ever!

- Aug 14th: Our final strike on GAS Legend PAFoids:

GAS PAFoid '59 N & B - the ultimate tool for that specific 1959 PAF sound!

After months of designing & testing, we managed to further optimize our basic N & B models to the ultimate PAFoids, and that's why we dare now to assign them with the specific '59 indicator!

Using heavy PVA wire, finding the correct un-balance offset for both coils we ended up with the sound that inspired generations of guitar players: Smooth, yet tight, sweet, yet agressive, with all those specs at the perfect balance.

We tested some prototypes on REAL 50's LPs at our long time collaborator Bill Kottos, compared to real '59 PAFs, and finalized the design. Now they are ready to ship worldwide!

More on the technical specs are on the Buckers product page.


Audio files coming soon!!  

- Aug 1st: We are currently optimizing our PAFoid Legend models.

A new version are our '57 PAFoids (57N & 57B), which offer nice, sweet jazzy sounds on neck, and open twangy sounds on bridge!

Highly recommended for semi-solid guitars.

Pictured here in double ivory, aged version.

- April 6th: New GAS S Single set.

GASlight '67 N,M,B

1967 was in the middle of a transition period for Fender products, including pickups. During this year, pickups with different output, bobbins, flat pole diameter, etc. have been produced.

So, combining some features of that transition period for strat pickups, as wide A5 flat top rods, different output on the pickups,  grey- and black-based bobbins, etc, we crerated a highly versatile set for traditional and contemporary strat sounds.

Sticky: 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 Heavy PVA  & 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  exclusively for GAS Pickups!

Hearing is believing!




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

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, Summer 2018, more than 50 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.


For anything beyond, just contact us at gaspickups@gmail.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, the wax mixture 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.

Note: We always pot our pickups in the old fashioned way, taking the desired time and temperature, ensuring the best results. No vacuum potting is used in GAS, because the pickup needs some time to get in the (higher) potting temperature too, apart form the wax, in order to allow to the wax to perfectly fill any space inside. This is not possible within the few seconds of the vacuum potting.

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!.