DON MARE PICKUPS is a solo ran shop, emailing is prefferd I'm DEEP into Vintage Tone. 1950 to 1964 Single Coil's
Don Mare Pickups - DEEP into reproducing '50 to '64 Vintage Single Coil's - I have a Trackable history online, with 16 years of making Happy-Camper's out of Vintage Purtist types! Google me and have a look see.
FEB. 3th 2021` I am sorry but I am Partially Closed during PANDEMIC - yes I am still Open and operating, making pickups, just not taking orders for a while - ok - thats all - So..(yes) I am still shiping, and you can email me to get your ETA's that are in teh Queue Ok -- Its just that I am no longer taking any brand-new orders since January 30th of 2021 -- as for any NEW order questions like my Tone consulting etc.. I prefer we wait Till August please, ok
- If you have pickup in the queue now let me state: (yes) it is still safe and all orders here will be completed 100% and shipped before August ( Hopefully by June 2021) - its really my NEW* priority and my #1 consern is to complete orders for a while ok - completeing all past orders is #1 now! --email is only for these orders in que or warranty issues (not for consulting or Tech talk please- untill august then its ok again ) but for now my email@example.com email is for people in the Queue only please, same with the phone. - The old personal TONE Hotline number id OFF till August - and the websites/menu /selection is "Hidden" untill August when I reopen - DON MARE 2/10/2021
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I really do answer all the emergancy emails or Warrenty issues and I can still give ETAS for folks in the queue here now, ( sorry no longer can take general inquires for a few months-so do try back in August pretty-please, ok)
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"
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