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by Sean on JBE Pickups
Gatton: The Way to Tele!
Product Name: Gatton T-Style Pickups

I got a set of Gatton T-Style Pickups from JBE upon their recommendation after I explained the style of music that I play and want to play on my guitar. I have been playing for 25 years and I have rarely departed from stock (mainly vintage) configurations.At first I was hesitant to replace the aftermarket vintage-style pickups since I prefer their clarity and feel of low output pickups: the clear low-mids, solid attack and rich highs that are hallmarks of lower output pickups. I initially thought that the Gatton pickups would have too much "output" or would be too Hi-Fi for my taste. Thankfully, I could not have been more mistaken.The pickups were easy to install and fit perfectly into the bridge plate and the neck pickup into the pickguard. The printed instruction sheet (in color!) was straightforward and made for a quick and painless installation. The diagram is clear and the leads were explained in a way that a novice could easily follow.I plugged in and to my dismay I discovered that there was no sound. I checked the volume knob to make sure it was all the way up, and it was, but I heard no sound. And then I started playing and ringing out of the amp was the glorious sound of my guitar. To hear "my guitar" is an important distinction to make because the woods of this particular guitar really do enhance whatever pickup is in the guitar and apparently these pickups enhance the woods in the guitar. Still, there is no 60-cycle hum that I have come to expect from "single coil" pickups. While these are dual-coil pickups, they sound like single coils.There is great note definition yet they retain that vintage feel, but with more of it. Describing this effect the best way I can, clean bends are easily executed without fear of losing steam toward the end of the bend. Compared to the original pickups these are a little more fully voiced; nothing is lost when bending notes and it just has that perfect balance of high end and mids. It does not push the front of the amp too hard but when introducing a bit of volume it has good bite while not sounding shrill or distorted. These pickups sound great through either a dark or bright amp due to the amount of flexibility these afford. Again, it is as though I still have a set of vintage single coil pickups but with more of it.I also noted that there is more reason to use the volume and tone knobs. Tone control really impacts the tone of the pickup in a useful way. I am using "50's wiring" in my Tele and the volume and tone knobs play a vitally important part in expressing the extent of the tonal range of any pickups, but these in particular seem to be more "forgiving", or have more usable range. Reducing the tone knob even halfway still leaves me with usable tone - more than enough to tame a bright amp while still ringing clear.When playing overdriven the mids and articulation of the highs are not at all lost, but lows and mids retain bold presence and carries mid- and high overtones beautifully in wonderful singing sustain through to a nice decay. I have the sense that I can depend on the voice to be present when and where I need it. What I mean by that is the tone is consistent but not boorish in that it is not hi-fi or sterile, but is very articulate and usable; the notes tend to blossom into sustaining glory and brings with it the resonance of the woods in the guitar. And resonance is really important with this particular guitar, since it really feels alive. This guitar does not blanket the desirable tones at all and the pickups are really compatible in every way.When playing with overdrive and into distortion, these pickups really sing! The vintage pickups I had in the guitar sounded admittedly stellar but did not handle distortion in the same way these Gatton pickups do. These have that vintage feel I have come to love but there is added dimension and playability with these that is just really appealing and fun to play; there is more fullness and presence and the notes are not squished or overly compressed. Try these with a Fuzz Face and you will be pleasantly surprised!Being my first encounter with JBE, I will say that I am incredibly pleased and will look forward to outfitting my Strat in the future.I will gladly and with a good conscience highly recommend to anyone who is looking for fresh inspiration out of their guitar to look no further than JBE - for both their exceptional products and for their excellent customer service. Here's one more star for a stellar experience: *

Wow.. This was an amazing and thorough review.

by Michael K on JBE Pickups
Very Pleased
Product Name: Modern T + Soapbar

Thanks for your help and customer service while I was making my decision. The JBE Modern T and Soap Bar pickups arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I installed both in my Suhr Walnut Classic T and I am more than pleased... to say the least.I love the Modern T tone and the Soap Bar is truly special. The two compliment each other and I balanced them perfectly.Thanks again for your help.Michael K.

by Rory on JBE Pickups
Wow! Just Wow!
Product Name: Gatton T-Set

I put a set of Gatton style JBEs in my G&L ASAT and I swear, I fell in love with my guitar all over again. The stock pickups for the G&L are really great, don't get me wrong, but I always felt they were lacking.Once I installed the JBEs, there was a brief moment when I thought that it was possible I received a defective set-- the amp that had previously hummed with my G&L plugged in made no noise now. That is, of course, until I strummed out a chord.I truly think "blown away" is the only appropriate term to describe the first time hearing these pickups in person. There's gotta be a lethal level of audio fidelity. If there was, these pickups would be outlawed.I paired them with a matching JBE 3-saddle bridge. The scoop on the sidewall really shows a level of obvious forethought. A design choice made to accommodate us finger-pickers is always a welcome sight. With a little bit of re-jiggering, I found the scoop also makes volume swells a heck of a lot easier too. I swapped the orientation of the control plate on my G&L around (usually selector, volume, tone; to volume, tone, selector) and the scoop lines up perfectly with the volume knob. I couldn't have been happier.I've been listening to Danny Gatton play all my life, (my dad used to play Unfinished Business to me as a baby) yet never really dug too deep into his gear. I'm glad I did, otherwise I'd have never known the true secrets to unlocking "the tone".If you guys are ever hiring, let me know! Haha--Rory • Electronics Technician

by Vimmi K on JBE Pickups
Ten years after...
Product Name: Gatton Tele pickups

Thought I'd leave a review after ten years of using these.Great pickups, hard to imagine anything better. I got the Modern T bridge p/u about 5 years ago, much happier with it than the original. The neck p/u is just beautiful.They respond so well to tweaking the tone pot, never turning muddy.Some people say they're pricey, I think they're a total bargain for what you get.

by Bill B on JBE Pickups
Another Ric bass gets JBE pickups
Product Name: R4000

Awesome, my Jbe Pickups R4000 pickups arrived today for '#13'(my black Rickenbacker Jetglo).I like the pickups so much in my Rickenbacker Mapleglo I wanted a matching set for the other.A fun project for the weekend!

by John Good on JBE Pickups
Amazing upgrade to my Ric bass
Product Name: R4000

Frank -Seriously. These pickups are utterly remarkable. Fantastic. AMAZING. They totally transformed the playability of my Ric.I used to play a Red Barchetta. Now I play a Lamborghini Testarossa.I can't thank you enough. Thank you , Thank You, THANK YOU!

John came in to JBE today for a surprise visit while in town. He remarked that he is still thrilled by the change in his Rick 4003 bass since he purchased the R4000 pickups as one of our first customers for them back in 2011.
They continue to grow in popularity among Ric bass players, primarily thru social media alone.
Frank

by Michael Greenberg on JBE Pickups
Ric bass Cuts thru the Mix

Well, it happened again!I had another gig last night, and the other guitarist in the band said that I really sound much better lately, and that I’m cutting thru the mix much better.And then the drummer said that I’ve never sounded better and that the notes are CLEANER and have more CLARITY!Keep in mind I’ve told no one that I’ve modified the Rick.This just keeps getting better and better! Thanks so much!-Mike

by Butch Gmyr on JBE Pickups
Product Name: bridge humbucker

I have been trying different brands of pickups, and have been mostly disappointed in what i have spent a lot of money on, during this trial period, to find a pickup for my production guitars. I am still trying different ones, as there are many to select from. What i can tell you is that this JBE blade humbucker for the bridge position, is absolutely amazing; it delivers the tone and crunch that i have been looking for, and i just might call the search over. Two thumbs up and five stars for this pickup.

by Keith Shapiro on JBE Pickups
Product Name: Two Tone's, Single Coil, Soap Bars All of it

I can't pick up any guitar without JBE's in them and not immediately want to reach for my own. All my guitars have JBE's in them. Absolutely love them! Spectrum on tap with these bad boys!Frank has been super helpful at every purchase and every question I've ever had!

by Bryan Timmons on JBE Pickups
Brilliant

Pickups arrived, dropped them into one of my American Tele’s.

ABSOUTELY BLOODY BRILLIANT.

Boy did you get these just right.

I’ll be ordering another set soon.

Many thanks for all your help.
Bryan

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by Sean on JBE Pickups
Gatton: The Way to Tele!
Product Name: Gatton T-Style Pickups

I got a set of Gatton T-Style Pickups from JBE upon their recommendation after I explained the style...

Wow.. This was an amazing and thorough review.

by Michael K on JBE Pickups
Very Pleased
Product Name: Modern T + Soapbar

Thanks for your help and customer service while I was making my decision. The JBE Modern T and Soap ...

by Rory on JBE Pickups
Wow! Just Wow!
Product Name: Gatton T-Set

I put a set of Gatton style JBEs in my G&L ASAT and I swear, I fell in love with my guitar all over...

by Vimmi K on JBE Pickups
Ten years after...
Product Name: Gatton Tele pickups

Thought I'd leave a review after ten years of using these.Great pickups, hard to imagine anything ...

by Bill B on JBE Pickups
Another Ric bass gets JBE pickups
Product Name: R4000

Awesome, my Jbe Pickups R4000 pickups arrived today for '#13'(my black Rickenbacker Jetglo).I like...