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Ormsby Nunchucker Humbucker

Ormsby Old School + (Zebra)

After two years of research and prototypes, trials and client feedback, we are proud to release our own handwound pickups. Available as humbuckers, single coils (both Tele and Strat style) and P-90's, we are confident you will find a model to suit your personal style.

All pickups are handwound in our Perth studio, to our usual rigorous standards. We use a combination of various different diameter and insulation thicknesses of coil wire, magnets (AlNiCo 2, 5 and 8, plus Ceramic), numerous different steel and steel alloy pole pieces, plus multiple winding patterns and tensions to achieve the desired tones we were after. Some call this a dark art. We like to think of it as lots of hard work, towards a goal we needed to achieve.

All pickups are wax potted with a combination of parafin and bees wax to suppress unwanted feedback, and include mounting screws/springs and a wiring diagram.


How we recorded these pickups: All pickups were recorded using the same amplifiers, cabinet, guitars and microphone. The amps we used were a Mesa Boogie Road King for all the clean tones, an Ulbrich Arena 50w for the vintage vibes, a Bad Cat 50w Lynx for the moderate gain samples, and a Peavey 5150 MkI for the heavy stuff. The cabinet we used was a Bad Cat 2 x 12 fitted with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, and a Seinnheiser microphone captured the signal. Amplifiers were set for a flat EQ, and left the same for all recordings. Take a look at the settings we used, here.
For the humbuckers, we used Toby's Blue DC for all samples. We strung it with Webstring brand 10-46 guage strings.
ScatterWound SingleCoils and Pimpin' P90's are yet to be recorded.


 

Handwound Humbuckers

Old School / Old School + / Nunchucker / Hybrid / Hybrid+ / Hot Rock / Master Blaster / Katana


Old School
Output level: 7.6k neck - 7.8k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5

Spacing options: Neck (49mm), Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: A low output humbucker perfect for clean jazz and blues style. Sweet singing lead tones, and clean rhythm tones. We recommend this pickup with an Alnico 2 magnet in the neck and bridge, but you might like it a little brighter and therefore choose an Alnico 5 for the bridge position.
We use 42awg wire, scatterwound and lightly wax potted, with 1018 steel pole pieces to make these pickups. Alnico 2 rough cast magnet is standard. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean speaker Neck - Vintage Dirty speaker Neck - Moderate Gain speaker Neck - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean speaker Neck - Vintage Dirty speaker Neck - Moderate Gain speaker Neck - Modern High Gain speaker

 

Old School +
Output level:hothot 8.0k neck - 8.3k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5
Spacing options: Neck (49mm), Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: similar to the Old School model, with a little more output for a very PAF like tone. Sweet singing lead tones, and reasonably clean rhythm tones. We recommend this pickup with an Alnico 2 magnet in the neck, and an Alnico 5 for the bridge position.
What did we use for inspiration when winding this pickup? The intro to Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N Roses :)
We use 42awg wire, scatterwound and lightly wax potted, with 1018 steel pole pieces to make these pickups. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean speaker Neck - Vintage Dirty speaker Neck - Moderate Gain speaker Neck - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain Bridge - Modern High Gain
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean speaker Neck - Vintage Dirty speaker Neck - Moderate Gain speaker Neck - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean (coil split) speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty (coil split) speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain (coil split) speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain (coil split) speaker

 

PVH
Output level:hothothot 8.4k neck - 9.2k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5
Spacing options: Neck (49mm), Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: PVH - Perry's Vintage Humbucker. Plug into a nice vintage Marshall, turn it up to ten (or eleven!) and you'll be seeing red, white, and black (stripes that is!). Sweet singing lead tones, with an overdriven rhythm tone that is chunchy and sweet... like coco pops (or any other brown sweets!). We recommend this pickup with an Alnico 2 magnet in both neck and bridge positions, but you can have Alnico 5 if you really want the extra brightness.
What did we use for inspiration when winding this pickup? Eddies first two albums :)
We use 42awg wire, scatterwound and wax potted, to make these pickups. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

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Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

 


Nunchucker Humbucker
Output level:hothothot 9.3k
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2, 5, 8 or Ceramic
Spacing options: Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: A moderate output humbucker designed for blues, rock, punk and metal. The output is low enough to retain clarity, but hot enough to drive your amplifier. We use steel adjustable slugs for a tiny bit more bite. Our most poplar bridge pickup for rock, hard rock, and metal styles. We prefer the Alnico 5 magnet, but if you have a bright sounding guitar, maybe Alnico 2 is for you!
Ask for an Alnico 8 if you want more balls to the wall... but be careful, ya mum won't like it! We are working on a neck version, please be patient ;)
We use 42awg wire, tight scatterwound and wax potted, with 1018 steel pole pieces, and proprietory adjustable slug poles on the other side. Alnico 5 magnet is standard. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker

 


Hybrid
Output level:hothothot 11.0k
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5, Ceramic
Spacing options: Neck (49mm), Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: A moderate output humbucker designed for blues and rock. We wind this one a little different to the rest: It features heavily mismatched coils (whilst still humbucking) and two different magnet wire types, to achieve stunning split or coil tapped sounds. Disappointed with the split sound of your other humbuckers? Want a more accurate single coil sound when split? Then this pickup is for you.

We use a combination of 42awg and 43awg wire, scatterwound and wax potted, to make these pickups. Alnico 2 magnet is great inthe neck position, and we prefer the Alnico 5 in the bridge as standard. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up. On special request we have a Hybrid + model (14k DC), if you want a bit more oomph and slightly more mids.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean (coil split) speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty (coil split) speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain (coil split) speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain (coil split) speaker

 


Hot Rock
Output level:hothothothot 13.4k
Magnet options: AlNiCo 5, 8 or Ceramic
Spacing options: Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: A moderate to high output humbucker designed for blues, rock, punk and metal styles. Overwound mismatched coils provide a driving tone to excite the front end of your amplifier. Nice mid range with the Alnico 5, but choose the ceramic magnet for more bass and treble.

We use 43awg wire, tighly wound and wax potted, with 1018 steel pole pieces to make these pickups. Alnico 5 magnet is standard, but choose the Alnico 8 if you want a ball tearer! Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker

 


Master Blaster
Output level:hothothothothot 15.7k
Magnet options: Ceramic, Alnico 8
Spacing options: Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: A high output humbucker designed to blast away the cobwebs. Perfect for punk, hard rock and metal styles. As with all our humbuckers, this one comes complete with four conductor wiring for coil split capabilites.

We use 43awg wire, tighly wound and wax potted to make these pickups. Ceramic magnet is standard, but choose the Alnico 8 if you want to soften it up a bit, and take the edge off the highs. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

Ceramic Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker
Ceramic Bridge - Clean (coil split) speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty (coil split) speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain (coil split) speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain (coil split) speaker

 


Katana
Output level:hothothothothothothothothothothothot 22.6k!
Magnet options: Ceramic, Alnico 8
Spacing options: Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)
Description: This baby is ON FIRE. You wanted the hottest, and here we are to deliver it... one of the hottest handwound pickups in production worldwide.
It took a LONG time to get this one right. We didn't want it to be muddy. It had to have clarity. It needed to suit ultra high gain situations, and come out fighting like a Samurai on speed.
However, be warned, you won't be able to play anything clean with this pickup... it blasts the front end of your amp! Think active pickup type tones...
We use 44awg wire, tighly wound and wax potted to make these pickups. We discarded the regular slug poles, and fitted not one, but TWO types of proprietory adjustable slug poles to each bobbin to shape the tone. Ceramic magnet is standard, but choose the Alnico 8 if you want to soften it up a bit, and take the edge off the highs. Four conductor wiring standard so you can really get creative with how you choose to wire it up.

 

Standard colours available:
black zebra chrome gold
Custom colours available:
cream double white black-white reverse black white reverse zebra gold pole pieces and slugs

Ceramic Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain Bridge - Modern High Gain
Ceramic Bridge - Clean (coil split) Bridge - Vintage Dirty (coil split) Bridge - Moderate Gain (coil split) Bridge - Modern High Gain (coil split)
 

Scatterwound Single Coils
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Old School

Output level:hot 5.8k neck - 6.0k middle - 6.2k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5

Description: A low output single coil perfect for clean tones. Sweet singing lead tones, and clean rhythm tones. Based on the mid sixties pickups from Leo Fender. We prefer these pickups with Alnico 5 magnets, but choose the Alnico 2 option if you have a bright sounding guitar. Available as single pickups, or calibrated sets (Reverse wound and reverse polarity middle pickup standard)

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  

Old School +
Output level:hothot 6.4k neck - 6.2k middle - 6.4k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5
Description: similar to the Old School model, with a tiny bit more output. Sweet singing lead tones, and great clean rhythm tones. Based on the mid sixties pickups from Leo Fender. We prefer these pickups with Alnico 5 magnets, but choose the Alnico 2 option if you have a bright sounding guitar. Available as single pickups, or calibrated sets (Reverse wound and reverse polarity middle pickup standard)
AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  
 
Pimpin' P-90's
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Old School
Output level:hot 7.8k neck - 8.3k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5

Description: A low output P90 perfect for clean jazz and blues style. Sweet singing lead tones, and clean rhythm tones. We prefer these pickups with Alnico 5 magnets in the bridge and the Alnico 2 option in the neck. Available as single pickups, or calibrated sets

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  


Old School +
Output level:hothot 8.5k neck - 9.0k bridge
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2 or 5

Description: A moderate output P90 perfect for blues and rocking tones. Nice driven lead tones, with a bit of dirt for the rhythm tones. We prefer these pickups with Alnico 5 magnets in the bridge and the Alnico 2 option in the neck. Available as single pickups, or calibrated sets

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 2 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Neck - Clean Neck - Vintage Dirty Neck - Moderate Gain  
AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean Bridge - Vintage Dirty Bridge - Moderate Gain