~Sigil Pickups~ A Story in Tone

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  1. CheopisIV

    CheopisIV Copper Slinger MLP Vendor

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    I've been winding since 2014 but messing with pickups since ~1998. My first set of aftermarkets were Dimarzio Fred and The Breed in my 1980 Univox Deluxe (Les Paul clone). I was a huge Vai and Satriani fan back then and that pawnshop special didn't sound good in any way...so it only made sense!

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    The swap went terrible, mostly because I was soldering with a full size plumbers/industrial soldering gun and trying to hook up some tiny microswitches for more options, but I eventually got them in and they changed the sound dramatically. From then to now it's been a journey of chasing tone and trialing everything on the market, some to great surprise and others to great disappointment.

    I first put copper to bobbin in late 2013 after reading Barnaby's thread that outlined a decent and simple looking method of winding pickups. I saw a used pickup winder pop up in the classifieds here with a few kits and jumped at the chance. The machine was okay but needed frequent adjustment and was a little underpowered for my liking but it was a great way to start.

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    The first 10-12 pickups went awful as I figured out how NOT to do it...tension, scatter, speed, offset, magnet grade and charge level etc etc etc, but then when it was looking grim and I was starting to think it might not be for me, I hit one of the guitar tones I'd been in love with for ages; I was hearing Bloomfield in my guitar. I kept extensive notes (I'm a stats geek) on every pickup so far so I sat down and tried to recreate the set from my notes to see if I could or if I just got lucky... This is where that first 'Bluesman' set was born which launched me on the path.

    That set eventually turned into the Bluesman Chicago'68 set when I made attempts later on to cop some other of my favorite tones. They're still my #1 best sellers and are usually in the top 3 of my personal favorites list which tends to vary from week to week.

    Here's some vids and a link to the set;

    First review done by Doug & Pat


    A more recent review by GuitarAnimal (clean tones ~1:55)


    Also for the record, Sigil is pronounced more like Sid-Jill than Seagull but it doesn't really matter. ;)

    LINK: Sigil Pickups Bluesman Chicago'68 Set
     
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    I dialed in your Vintage Roots 57 set, and I'm really bonding with them. Great range of tones. But that Page 72 set sure looks intriguing....

    Andrew
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Big Like! :rock:
     
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    Bluesman Page'72

    Inspirations was a concert in Australia in 1972 referred to as the 'Australasia' tour. This was the only time Zep was in Australia and Page's tone was huge!
     
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  5. CheopisIV

    CheopisIV Copper Slinger MLP Vendor

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    Bluesman Fillmore'71

    Duane Allman’s famous Cherry Burst Inspired PAF tone...time to break out the slide!
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    If only someone could convince Doug and Pat to do a show comparing a few winder's takes on Duane's pickups--that would be a great show! (hint, hint)
     
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    Also, I'd be curious to see which magnets you opted for each set on your web site...
     
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    Allman and Kossoff get A2 and Page gets A5.
     
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    Bluesman Fire&Water'70
    Kossoff’s “Fire and Water” inspired PAF tone.

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    Bluesman Shaw Revival
    Tim Shaw pickups revisited. A tribute set for one of my personal favorite Gibson pickup sets.

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    Sigil Trendbuckers
    These have a huge range and can do vintage(ish) tones all the way to full on death metal. I’ve tried to squash them under gain but they never get mushy! They’re a metal guy’s wet dream but can handle pretty much anything.

    *Special warning: the Neos will eat Alnico so if buying these, they ship alone and should be kept away from other pickups. They do not play nice!
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    Customer Review:
    WOW!!! I finally got around to installing the Trendbuckers and I am AMAZED! These things sound fantastic and the range is unbelievable. They have just the classic rock crunch I’ve been looking for! I will call it clean distortion for lack of a better term…Thanks for winding such an impressive pickup!“ -Chris H.
     
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    Bluesman Midnight Specials
    ~7.0k Neck / ~7.4k Bridge
    Similar voice to the Chicago ’68 set but a touch more grit and grind to them.
    Think CCR, Neil Young, The Band

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    Coupon is in effect for 12 more days. Latest batch of builds goes out today!
     
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    Bluesman Chicago'68
    ~7.8k Neck / ~8.4k Bridge
    This is the set that started it all. They also happen to be the best sellers and my own personal favorite out of everything I wind.
    Mike Bloomfield / Freddie King tone for days.

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    Bluesman 58 Stratocaster
    ~6k Neck / ~6.2k Middle / ~6.4k Bridge

    Strat pickups, available in many flavors from '54 - '65 RWRP or pure vintage style. These are new to the Sigil plate and have been a long time in coming. I've never really been a Strat guy but Jacob is so be sure to check his video linked below.

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    **Picture shows Plain Enamel wire which is available on the CBS era sets. Earlier sets are Formvar.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Good to see these are finally available!

    This is the stuff that got us introduced in the first place...

    I may have to save some pennies and try these out!

    Thanks Dave! Keep up the good work!
     
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    Very nice, Dave! Happy to see you branching out to single coils. Those 58 Strat pickups in the video sound excellent.
     
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    Now entering the final week of the sale. Don't miss out on the 2018 18% off discount!

    Coupon Code:
    Sigil2018
     
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    Just rec'd a link to a new video; this was a surprise to me as I didn't know Trent was setting up an online instructional site. Check out www.GuitarAnimal.com and look around at what he's offering. Be sure to stop by the tone review of the Chicago '68 set while you're there!

     
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    Final day of the sale, 18% off lasts 24 more hours!
     
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