You Guys Have To Try Reilander Pickups. They are incredible.

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  1. popinvasion

    popinvasion Supporting Member

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    I have been on a pickup obsession lately. I have everything from Lollars, Budz, Fender Custom Shop, Don Mare, etc.

    I have a couple of telecasters where I have been swapping pups right and left. Its a new hobby of mine :) I actually love swapping pickups and I guess I have been on a journey to find the best. I can't really afford to collect guitars so it is nice to continually work on improving what guitars you do own.

    A few weeks back I noticed a new pickup manufacturer in the emporiums. He was from all appearances building some pretty cool looking pickups for great prices. I really didn't need any more pickups but honestly his prices were so incredibly affordable-I just could not resist.

    This new builder is Michael Reilander

    Here is his webpage. http://reilandercustomguitar.com

    Here is his emporium link http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=980037&highlight=reilander

    He makes everything from Stratocaster to Telecaster to P90. I do not know if he makes humbuckers but I imagine if he doesn't he eventually will.

    I have no affiliation at all other than his prices and the specs really intrigued me.

    I got 2 sets of pickups from him. They are all handwound. And they are incredibly elegant looking pickups. The bridge pup has a really nice copper back that is engraved and the pickup faces are also engraved. He is charging $80 a set or $45 a pickup. To me that is an incredible deal for handwound custom made pickups.

    Here is a quick picture. They look stunning in one of my telecasters.
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    Ok for the most important part. Sound

    Set #1 Reilander Special Texas Style Hand Wound Tele Pickups.
    They use Alnico 5 pups. These pickups are hot. Neck - 9.5k,
    Bridge - 10.5k. They sound crisp and clear and have zero harshness to them. To be honest they make a telecaster sound like a les paul but a les paul with more versatility. These pickups really push my marshalls and divided by 13's. What was interesting to me was how quiet the pickups were. They were practically noiseless. They are not noiseless but they were the most quiet of any pickups I have owned. The tone has an unbelievable clarity more so than any other pickup that I own. I really love these. I feel like this set does nail the Texas style, telecaster rock tones. I have this set in my #2 telecaster. I would primarily use these for rock tones, and more slide playing or lead. They are big sounding pickups.

    Set#2 Reilander Vintage Twang Plus Hand Wound Tele Pickups
    These also use alnico 5 magnets. These are really smooth sounding pickups. They hit my amps in a very controlled way. There is no extreme top end, just a really round muscular tone. The bottom end is tight. For lack of a better word these pickups are really smooth and round sounding. I am not a huge fan of many neck telecaster pickups and I have been on the hunt for a cool neck pickup for a while now. The neck pickup in this set is really really cool. It is very warm and beefy sounding. I really really dig this neck pickup tonally, I feel like it has more girth than most other telecaster neck pickups but that added girth is tight and defined. It is very hard to put into words. This set is in my #1. I feel like this is the best set that I own. Great pickups. Again the noise level is practically zero. These are extremely versatile and are becoming part of my work horse #1 telecaster. Really nice sounds from this set.

    Ok here is the coolest part. I am not the most tech savvy. Mike actually sent me the pups with prewired pots, caps, and switches. I literally had to do just 2 solder joints and I was up and running. He included everything I needed and had everything perfectly planned out for me. I was pretty excited.

    I can't recommend the Reilander pickups enough. They are my current favorites. Of course I will still hold onto my other pups and play around from time to time with other configurations but these are at the top of my list. The prices he is selling these for are a bargain. I don't make clips and I am not looking to get too deeply into comparisons with other brands, the reason is simple it is really hard to put into words the minutia. You have to experience pickups yourself. The good news-they are cheap enough that anyone can afford them.
     
  2. rhinocaster

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    It's always fun to stumble across someone that's putting out quality pieces at very affordable prices. I look forward to hearing his work someday.

    I can't say that I'm digging his name on the neck pickup cover or the Tele bobbin though.

    Congrats on the new pickups and thanks for letting us know about them. :)
     
  3. popinvasion

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    That's interesting. To me the engraving was a nice touch. But I could understand someone wanting them unlabeled. I don't know if he does unlabeled versions but he seems helpful, I imagine it wouldn't be a problem but you would have to ask. Your right the prices are great.
     
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    It's just the aesthetic and I'm sure it's different for everyone. Actually, I don't mind (and even slightly like) the black on the bridge pickup bobbin. The etching on the neck pickup would just have to go though! :D

    I really do look forward to hearing them. No shortage of great winders out there now and if you're digging them after the other high end boutiques you've used, I'm interested. I tend to agree with many of your gear assessments so there's that too. :)
     
  5. popinvasion

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    Right on. I understand your point. I bet he can make them plain. I really like them. Been jamming a lot today. Haha kind of a rainy day vibe here today. Plus I have new toys. I like when builders are competetive price wise. These are low dollar high return much like the Timmy is to pedals.
     
  6. LonesomeCraig

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    Your description sounds great. You have a nice hobby going on with all the different pickup comparisons.
    Check out Rumpelstiltskin Pickups. Aaron is a awesome pickup winder and a pleasure to work with. He offers a full line of pickups. I have multiple Tele and Strat pickups and they are some of the best I've heard.
     
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    How much extra to get him not to scribble on the tops?
     
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    Hey guys, I'm Mike Reilander of Reilander Custom Guitar. Here to answer any questions you may have.

    Thank you, Sunset for your kind words :)

    Regarding the branding. Until recently, all my branding has been confined to the basement. Nothing shown on the tops. I decided to try out the branding on top of the tele sets to see what the general reaction would be. It seems the general reaction is to lock it back up in the basement, restricting it to baseplates and bottom flatwork.

    With that said, Tele sets without branding on top will be available after Christmas. All other styles of pickups, the branding is not visible, hidden on the underside of the pup.

    Thanks
    Mike
     
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  9. bal704

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    I just ordered a set of P90's. I'll give them a try and report back.
     
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    I just bought one of his Texas Tele pickups. It sounds great; very happy with the pickup and very happy with the service.
     
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    Looking forward to your review. I'm in the market for some dogear P90s to replace the stock gibsons in my '61 RI casino.
     
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    Not sure if he makes the dog-ear variety. The only pics I saw were for the soapbar type, but I didn't look around that much.

     
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    We do indeed have dog ears. The web site should be updated this evening.
     
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    Ok I want to hear a review on these P90's when you get them bal704. I love P90's and I am getting a new les paul junior, would love to try a dog ear reilander in it.
     
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    Wow...Super pricing..Would like to hear those strat pickups. Anyone try those yet ?
     
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    I am not a strat guy so I have no experience with them. But I must say if I was a strat guy I would totally buy the prewired guard as it looks extremely neat and tidy and easy to install-I am not very tech savvy -so the easier the better for me.
     
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    another -1 on the branding. hate it when duncan does it or anybody really. Hell Fred Stuart doesnt even sign the bottoms because Fender didnt back then either. no markings at all. (not saying thats the only thing to do)
     
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    He is coming out with non branded versions soon he said. Pretty cool.

    I have spent all day playing the heck out of my telecaster and I am super impressed with these pups. They remain my #1 pups at the moment and they were the cheapest-I like that combination.
     
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    I bought a pair of p90s, one grit and one classic for my sg special.

    The bridge p90 sounds very raunchy, articulate, and excellent. Very good price/performance. very satisfied.
     
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    well the prices are great. now will he wind me a multi-tap p90 for that price...?
     

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