I am DON MARE PICKUPS reopen with ready to ship premade in 2022 -as is I am fulfilling past orders from 2020 into Jan.2021and thats also when I stopped allowing new orders
Don Mare Pickups will soon be BUY NOW Ships Now - online Store that only Opens up on the 20th of each month to allow on-hand sales This will repete each month on the 20th at 7PM pactime soon as all pickups sell out then sales close again for aprox 30 days STARTS JAN 20th 7PM pactime 2022
SALES ARE: ___ON!!!__as todays the 20th of OCT. 2021 ALL SALES ARE BACK ON now!!!! but just FOR A DAY OR TWO- then the page will go back to HIDE STATUS - ETA will be Feb 2021 on these sales OK - I will take in two Batch runs about 42 pickups worth then I have to once again SHUT of SALES again untill 2022 - get em while there hot - dont dilly dallie and hit me with emails - best GRAB a set and be in the QUEUE today! as tomorrow may be too late - just the way it goes - as dealers are now grabbing multibles so be a "Quick Draw Mc Craw" if you get the wrong set you can aways dump it for $450.00 on reverb or ebay and try again next sales date of the 20th. ETA on these two batches will be end of Feb 2022-
I was ON THE AIR for 21 Years - Emails/Text/Phone = I hate to have to Split from that stuff - but Times have changed and my age has too - I hit friggin 64 - I started all this at 43'
I will only ever be able to answer WARRANTY emails starting 2022 - The days of me being as helpful as God Allowed to all my customers ( one on one) is over - as that was how I rolled these last 17 years here and 5 years with The Lace Sensor Factory - the chit chat and tech talk and History lessons etc.. it all sadly has to end - BECAUSE its a huge job 70% of my time was used up keeping on top of that Task - and so now soince I've aged - and the older body slowed way down 70% slower with my age now I have to GO OFF THE AIR~ -HOWEVER: I cannot ever fully retire (ever) AS is it looks like Our Golden Year SSI benifits are for people who do not mind having to eat Cat food for dinner and live in a Shack far away from town ! - so I will always make these Pickups - but my days Of Sliding down all those Chimineys - making a list and checking it twice - trying to find out whos been naughty and whos been Nice -- well sadly it is all over - HOWEVER I can still be Santa!! - I can still supply the Toys!! - But I really can no longer talk on these phones and type on keyboards using Text or Emails with my One Finger and misspellings ~ All the while Making the Toys at the same time - as I got too old and much more slower = and I have to work alone - and so I just will not be able to keep up with all these Communication Task - So I am just going to make a tray of pickups - 1 months worth - each month of 2022 - then list them here for sale ONE DAY a month the 20th at 7PM pactime The sales GREEN LIGHT - there will be X amount of each - and a New menu to view for decision making on your own - These really are just 71 year Old designs - I did not Invent or re-engineer these - I Xeroxed a 1951 and that launched all this - so anything under the sun that folks have done to these while hooking them up - can be done to mine - same end results - so Google and gear Forums will always have answers - I will have a Tone Chart to help - but bacially its the same as they were 71 years ago ok - 250K pots and then any caps and switching is simply On you-
Always true to Recreating my special Vintage hand Wind Pattern These were the special guitars, that always sounded better then others of the same vintage! "known as 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 worked so hard to clone their sound. The fine coil wire is always "Finger-Guided" onto each coil. the coils wind pattern I selected, is always used and my coils are wrapped the same on each and every pickup I have ever wound here, 16 years of providing Vintage Tone
Phone Number# 562 331 9042
Some artists who enjoy Don Mare Pickups...
DEKE DICKERSON: Customized 6k S-style set, Tapped for Single bridge Pickup T-.Style JIM WEIDER: Joel Foy Set WALTER BECKER of Steely Dan: 60's S-style, 50's S-style, 60's S-style Formvars, 0038 for T-style @10K,
( RIP Walter - We Miss Walter Dearly! )
BOB SEGER BAND Rob McNeely : 0038s@10k and the Hot Bakelites and Super Sport S-style
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:( RIP We Miss Lou Dearly here!)
He used The Super Sports for T-Style. ( Called them "The Supers" )
also in Lou's band was ARAM BAJAKIAN, on T-style guitar Hot Bakelite set
MARK RIBOT TRIO: T-Style Guitar, Super Sports BILL KIRCHEN: Green Onion Set, Hot Bakelite set, Hayrides and a Custom "Coal Burner" set HAL LINDES (formerly of DIRE STRAITS):Custom S-type sets
ASK: About the SECRET DIRE_TONE set For S-style
Also, Top Blues artists...
RICK HOLMSTROM: Hot Bakelites and the S.T. Bakersfields in the AlNiCo-3 Magnet version 1954 Neck
HENRY CARVAJAL, w/ ROD PIAZZA: The Night Flyers S-style
LA JONES and the BLUES MESSENGERS: Formvar 50's, Joel Foy set
NICK MOSS Hot Bakelites + Zepotones studio (To hear the pickups check out Nicks latest LP om Alligator Records, 2018)
BROPHEY DALE: Joel Foy Bridge JUNIOR WATSON: Custom Set for S-style: Neck and Middle, Enamel,,, But with a extra Hot Formvar 50s Bridge; 7.2k
newly added ,
Just added 2019,
RICK KELLY GUITARS NYC
Billy Gibbons with Fogerty (Youtube - Billy has the Red tele)
Over 16,000 of my pickups are out there today - 16 years worth!
1950-to-'64 is my thing, I have back-engineered some of the best of those old hand-wound pickups and settled on one special style of winding my coils. I use it on all my pickups.
All my DON MARE pickups: - Have great organics & Breath / Air - A really amazing player's touch - helps you to play! - They are Pick-attack sensitive and have very rich harmonics - have perfect volume and note bloom
- NEVER Ice-Picky's or Treble heavy - always Ear Candy and sweet on the top-end. They really seem like they breathe and feel alive.
They are replicas of what I feel was the best vintage pickup tone to be found.
They can really inspire, making the strings sound better and thicker. Your amp's tubes suddenly sound better. They'll never hit dead ends or road blocks. And they do not limit your playing in any way shape or form. Instead they can really inspire you to develop further than you could dream was possible.
My true vintage purist customers will verify this stuff on GOOGLE Search of "Don Mare Pickups" 16 years of reviews can be found.
- No metallic harshness - No ice pick at all - No bright ear snap - No meshing or loss of single notes
Thanks for looking at my site! Don Mare
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
PS.. youtube "10k keefer"
DBA: Don Mare Pickups Long Beach, CA.
We sell guitar pickups that use the Fender® Stratocaster® guitar and Fender® Telecaster® guitar and Gibson® guitar. They are high quality pickups for Fender® guitars and Gibson® guitars (and many other brands). We are not representing them as products of the following companies: are all the property of Fender® musical instruments as if you did not know. We are not associated with Fender® or Gibson® and have never been. No relation. We are not associated with: Fender®, Gibson®, or any of these companies and their trade names and trade marks are the property of the respective companies. Strat®, Esquire®, Telecaster®, Tele®, Jazzmaster®, Jaguar®, Dou-Sonic® Mustang®, Champion®, P Bass®, J Bass®, Fender®, Guild®, DeArmond® and Squier® are registered trademarks of Fender®Musical Instruments Corp.
In 2003 Gretsch® entered into an agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), under the terms of which Fred Gretsch III would continue to own the company, with FMIC handling most development, distribution and sales.[
Gibson®, Les Paul®, SG®, Flying V®, ES-175®, ES-335®, L-5®, Byrdland®, Epiphone® and P-90® are registered trademarks of Gibson Guitar Corp.
Rickenbacker® and RIC® are the property of Rickenbacker International Corporation ("RIC"), 3895 S. Main St., Santa Ana, California 92707, USA. Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. All Rights Reserved under United States and international law.