The JPG Pimp-O-Matic 5000 finished and ready to Funk you up!

The custom Delano pickups finally arrived yesterday and after about 3hrs of mind boggling wiring of the electronics the P5 is finally all done.
So you’re probably wondering what this baby has to offer, well… pretty much everything, there were no holds bared in the production of this bass, only the finest materials parts and production techniques went into the P5.
To start off, the body and neck are made from 29 strips of premium tonewood, the wide chocolate-brown strips are flamed Oregon Black Walnut (Claro Walnut), the thinner lighter coloured strips are Tiger-Stripe Pacific Big-Leaf Maple and the thin dark brown strips are Wenge. Of course all are quater-sawn for the upmost stability, tonal response and figure. We import our wood directly from the people who farm the wood and who are aware of our extremely high standards and can provide us with pieces we can rely on to produce the finest instruments, as well as giving us the peace of mind that the wood has been sustainably farmed. To compliment this beautiful wood the best we could, it has been finished with a polymerised linseed oil finish which brings out the figure of the wood to its fullest extent and gives it a silky smooth feel and best of all does not impede the tone in any way like a lacquer finish will.

So what have i done in the construction of this bass to make it surpass your regular high-end bass? well other than that there are a total of 28 seamless glue joints in the bass to ensure perfect strength and tonal transference between each body laminate. the neck has been fitted with the standard kind of double-action truss-rod that you’d regularly find in a high-end instrument, but it is complimented with a pair of carbon fiber supporting rods either side to ensure absolute stability without compromising tone or weight (like steel rods will do).
The next thing that really makes a difference is the neck carve, the large majority of guitar and bass necks are symmetrical (meaning if you were to cut through the middle of the neck and look at the profile, it would be the same on both the bass and treble sides). The P5 has an asymmetrical neck profile, for those of you who haven’t played an asymmetrical neck before, the idea is that when you play a wide nick like a 5 or 6 string bass your thumb rarely moves past the centre line on the neck and most of the time is further toward the treble side. Because of this, if you make the neck asymmetric and have the thickest part of the neck about a 1/3 of the way across the neck on the bass side, it allows you the feel of a slimmer neck but with more mass on the neck which will give you far better tonal response and sustain.

Ok onto hardware, well i’ve tried many kinds of high quality bridged and i keep coming back to the same one, the Hipshot A-style aluminium bridge. Aly’ bridges really do sound far better than anything else in my opinion, ok so brass sustains better, but this bass has bags of sustain and brass bridges really prevent all of those wonderfull overtones from passing between the strings and the body. The top of the line Gotoh 350 lightweight tuners have been fitted to keep the centre of gravity toward the body and ensure years of smooth tuning.
Electronics, and this bass has some serious electronics, the pickups are a custom set from Delano, the bridge pickup is their standard Ceramic/Ferrite MM pickup which has been placed in the ‘sweet-spot’ (where else?), the neck pickup i ordered special and is one half of the MM pickup in a Jazz bass housing, it has RWRP to the bridge side coil of the MM pickup so that an array of different humbucking positions are possible. I custom designed a 5-way super switch in order to give you all the best bass tones possible from this pickups set. In position 5 you get a classic parallel MM pickup for that tone we al know and love, in 4 a series MM pickup for a more powerful super funky tone, in 3 we have the two outside coils in parallel for beautifully warm thud when you’re just sitting into a fat groove, in 2 we have the outside coils in series for a super fat rockin tone that puts out more low end than you’ve ever heard and in position 1 you have the two neck side coils as a stock pair for that classic single coil tone but with a massive tonal range.
Then to top it off we’ve installed a East UK U-Retro 4 Deluxe preamp (for those of you who don’t know John East makes the absolute finest bass preamps on the market, they’re not cheap but they’re worth every penny). Its not one of these super complicated preamps that has a million different setting that are impossible to remember, but is very user friendly and sounds fantastic. It features a volume knob, a stacked knob with Bass and treble, the treble knob pulls up to give you a bright tone, a second stack knob has mid on top and then the ring controls the frequency range of the mid knob. and finally there is a single passive tone knob, pull it up to put the bass into passive mode and from there you can use the pickup selector switch, volume and passive tone.

OK now that you’ve heard all the great things about this bass, you’re probably thinking ‘how much?’, well its not cheap, but its not stupidly expensive

495,000yen (including tax)

JPG F-line ‘The Strutocaster’

The Strutocaster

The Strut’ is a straight up top-end Strat type guitar, with only the highest quality components to give you un-compromised tone and playability.
So what goes into a JPG F-line Strutocaster? Well let’s start off with wood, many people are always trying to decide Ash or Alder. Fender have used both throughout various stages of their production and both are great sounding woods, but with a very different character. In my opinion there is a simple answer to this question, for tele’s Ash every time (it’s brighter and has way more bite) and for Strat’s it has to be Alder, with its smooth and creamy mids that gives a wonderful punch when you start to dig in.
As far as neck wood goes I think no explanation is needed as to the use of maple (it wouldn’t be a Strat  if the neck was anything else). Now when it comes to fingerboards, that’s entirely up to your personal preference, both sound great in a different way, Maple being bright with great pick attack and Roswewood having a warmer and more rounded tone. We also offer ebony fingerboards for Strut’s, if you love that bright attack you get from maple but want a silky smooth natural satin feel then ebony is the wood for you.
This particular model is a one-piece AAA grade flame Maple neck with stunning figure that will put any other Strat to shame.

This particular Strut’ has a straight 9.5″ fingerboard radius (standard Fender radius), though we also offer straight 7.25″ radiuses for vintage authentic buffs, as well as 10-16″ compound radiuses for those of you who like to bend a lot (a compound radius means that the fingerboard is conical, so that the radius is 10″ at the nut so that playing chords down the bottom feel normal, but the fingerboard flattens out as you go up the board, significantly reducing choking when performing big bends).

We offer a range of different neck profiles for the Strut’, this one has the Eric Clapton V profile, if you like to ay the use or you like to get your thumb over the top of the neck then you’ll love this neck. Another great advantage to V profile necks is that you get all the tonal benefits of a heavy neck with something that feels light in your hand.
Other popular neck profiles for the Strut’ are the ‘standard thin’ which is what you’ll find on any standard US Strat made in the last 30 years or so. The other popular neck is the ’59 round back’, this is my personal favourite, it’s based on a ’59 Les Paul, but with a fender width and scale, it’s chunkier than the standard thin without being heavy like those early tele necks, a really perfect balance of playability and mass.

Ok onto hardware, all Strutocasters come as standard with our custom JPG Bare Knuckle pickguard assemblies (which we also sell separately to pimp out your existing Strat). If you haven’t already seen our pickguards then here’s what you get. A set or RWRP Bare Knuckle Apache pickups (in my opinion the finest Strat pickups in production today), custom BKP CTS 280K pots (these are pots that Bare Knuckle have custom made by CTS, they have a slightly higher resistance and a custom audio taper to give a perfectly smooth roll-off), a BKP Jensen Capacitor .015ufd (probably the best caps in the world, BKP custom order these from Jensen who if you don’t know are the guys in the Uk who make all the parts for the worlds finest amplifiers) now you might think expensive caps are a waste of time because you’ve probably rolled off the tone on your guitar and thought ‘this sounds muddy and horrible’ and that’s because you’ve got cheap ceramic or poly caps on your tone pot, which bleed off all the high frequencies. The BKP Jensen caps bleed off a lot of the highs but the high mids and the overtones stay in there to give you a wonderful creamy tone without a loss in clarity and character.
I’m rambling again. Ok what else do you get, a CRL 5-way switch and Switchcraft jack, all hand wired using vintage push-back cloth wire and good old-fashioned 60/40 solder here at the JPG workshop in Osaka. The pickguards are full screened with aluminium foil and the control cavity is coated in the finest conductive shielding paint to give he best resistance to noise possible.
Of course you can also order a Strut’ or a pickguard loaded with any of the Bare Kuckle range of Strat pickups and if you prefer to roll-off with a .022ufd cap just let us know and we’ll load one in for you.

The Strut’ comes as standard with the highest quality vintage authentic 6-hole trem with a steel trem-block for vintage accurate tone. Up the other end and you’ll find a set of TonePros Kluson official upgrade tuners, again only the best is good enough at JPG.

The finishing touch, as with all JPG F-line guitars a super thin Nitro-cellulose finish is applied, to give both an authentic look and sound. The reason we keep the finish super thin is that the more lacquer goes onto the guitar, the more it prevents the wood from vibrating which significantly reduces overtones. Also having a super thin finish will mean the guitar will age authentically like an old 50’s-60’s Strat would. Not like those new poly finished guitars which ruin your tone and keep looking like new forever.

The JPG F-line guitars and basses are not fully made in the JPG workshop in Osaka, the bodies and necks are custom made by the highest quality producer in the USA an then sent to us unfinished. Here in the JPG workshop in Osaka Japan we hand finish the guitars, spray and polish the nitro lacquer and then build up the guitars with the highest quality parts from the USA and Europe.


Specs

Body – Alder 2 piece
Neck – AAA Flame Maple 1piece with Clapton V profile
Fingerboard radius – 9.5″
Pickups – Bare Knuckle Apache RWRP set parchment white
Controls – 1xVol, 2xTone BKP custom CTS 280k pots, BKP Jensen .015ufd capacitor
Pickup selector – 5-way CRL
Bridge – WD USA made vintage correct 6-hole trem with steel block
Tuners – TonePros official Kluson upgrades
Nut – bone, hand cut
Pickguard – parchment white 3-ply
Hardware – custom JPG neck plate
Finish – super thin nitro-cellulose lacquer, black body, clear neck.

191,000yen

The JPG Pimp-O-Matic 5000 part-2

Well i said ‘i’ll upload more tomorrow’ 5 days ago, finally got round to it.

Body wings roughly cut to shape and glued onto the through-neck

After the wing joints have had time to dry over night, the body shape is then routed and while i’m doing that, i also route a roundover to start the basic contouring of the body.

next the positions of the controls are layed out, holes and slots are drilled and routed before the control cavity can be routed from the rear.

Next come the pickup cavities, a MM style pickup in the sweet spot and a Jazz sized cavity in the neck for the single coil.

control cavity, plate recess are routed and the holes for the through-body stringing have been drilled.

once all the routing on the body has been done, it was time to start shaping the body contours and carving the scroll.

starting to look smooth, but a lot more shaping to go.

Headstock ears glued on and then the shape is routed.

It’s coming back! …and this time it’s not Funkin Around!!! The JPG Pimp-O-Matic 5000

 

The idea for the original Pimp-O-Matic started out as a bit of a joke, I wanted to make the most exorbitant and over the top bass that I could, so I sat down in front of the drawing board and started to get busy.
Now you might notice that elements of the design are inspired by Carl Thompson’s basses and you’d be right, I saw that big stripy thing that Les Claypool plays and that is what gave me the first idea to make something as nuts as that.
Though when it comes down to it, try as I might, I’m just a little too sensible to go all out like Carl does. So sat in front of my drawing board I felt the need to keep within the boundaries of playability, functionality, ergonomics and style.
The thing I really liked about the bass he made for Les is all those stripes of wood and the first time I saw it was a picture of Les posing with it in a magazine and you could only see a little bit of the bass.
Upon looking at more pictures I realised there was no pattern to the strips, it just seemed he’d raided hit off-cuts bin, plained everything up nice n straight, then glued them all together until he had enough for a bass.
I started thinking about what kind of person might wanna play this bass and I thought, anyone who would go all out and buy a bass that looked so over the top would probably take as much interest in he way he dressed. The next thing I knew, I had the image of a really sharp suit in my head, something made of really nice material with exciting but tasteful stripes (says the stubbly Yorkshire man in his uniqlo flannel shirt and dusty jeans). So I decided the stripes had to follow a strict and tight pattern.
Next was wood choice. I knew black walnut and maple were a must, both tonally and aesthetically. On the CT bass he uses strips of padouk (an extremely bright red-orange coloured wood) that really clashed with the cold but creamy brown tones of the walnut. So after a little bit of thinking I decided on Wenge (a dark chocolate brown coloured wood) to be the thin strips that separate each larger strip of walnut and flamed maple.
When it came to the shape, I definitely wanted to land myself somewhere in between Carl’s ‘far out’ shapes and something that was pleasing to the eye and more importantly comfortable to play with a nice weight balance.

Ok, enough about the old bass, what’s new?
Well first of all I’ve added a string (I mean one more not one singular), the original was a 4-string, solely for the reason that I’ve always played 4’s, I’m a simple  player  who gets easily confused when you change things around like adding strings, but the one thing nearly everyone has said to me about this bass was ‘why only four strings?’.

Next is pickups, I’ve really gotten into seriously high-end pickups in the last few years and also what you can do with them if you select to the right coil combinations.
The original bass had a pair of Seymour Duncan MM style pickups in the Jazz bass positions, each with its own rotary switch to select series/parallel/split wiring and the bass was passive. It sounded really good… But it didn’t sound truly amazing.
So for the new bass it has to be Delano, I’ve spent the last few years playing around with various high-end pickups and this year and after a lot of deliberation came to the conclusion that Delano are the most consistently brilliant sounding bass pickups with an incredible selection of different styles and tonal options.
Another thing I came to accept is that an MM pickup in the ‘sweet spot’ really does sound fucking brilliant and shouldn’t be messed with. Though one thing you might notice is that although the sound is really amazing, if you wanna sit into a really fat groove, you do notice a lack in low end frequency response that you would get from something like a jazz bass.
Now if I don’t wanna move the MM pickup from the sweet spot and I’m having a 24-fret fingerboard, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for a second MM pickup and also with two of them that close together I’d have to worry a lot about magnetic pull on the strings. Another thing to note is that mixing unbalanced pickups often gives an uninspiring and sometimes useless tone that no one wants to here, for example if I shoved a jazz bass pickup in the neck position, it just wouldn’t sound right mixed with the MM humbucker.
So here’s my idea that I just put to the guys at Delano and am waiting to here back from them to see if they can do it.
A single coil pickup that uses the same big 9.5mm magnets as the MM pickup and wound in a similar style to one of the coils of the MM pickup, wound RWRP to the bridge side coil. Fit all of that into a Jazz pickup cover and shove it in the neck position. Then wire it up with a 5-way super switch that gives the positions…

5- MM sweet spot parallel (true MM tone)
4- MM sweet spot series (fatter and boomier than normal)
3- outside coils parallel humbucker (like a jazz bass but more pick attack)
2- outside coils series humbucker (like a modern US jazz bass with the S1 switch pushed, but with more pick attack)
1-neck side coils stock pair (all the dynamics of a single coil, but with a wider frequency range due to the different pickup positions)

The idea being that you have 5 honestly fantastic pickup options (four of which are humbucking) all from three coils and a 5-way switch.

Then to cap it all of, the bass will be fitted with a John East U-retro 01 deluxe preamp, in short the best bass preamp in the world.

I started gluing up the laminates this week, here are some shots of the progress.

The wood arrives

The Lamination begins

Truss channel and carbon rod channels are routed.

Rods inserted, ready for filler strips

body blanks fully laminated, this took a looooonnnngggg time.

body wing roughly cut to shape, filler strips in the neck.

I’ll upload more tomorrow, its gonna be an epic journey creating the ultimate funk machine.

 

JPG F-line T90

The JPG F-line T90 is high grade telecaster with one incredible addition, the neck pickup has been replaced with a P90. Now, the pickups in this are not just the regular Seymour Duncan or other factory made pickups you’ll normally find in a boutique fender style guitar. All the JPG F-line guitars are loaded with Bare Knuckle Pickups.
The T-90 is loaded with my personal favourite pickup setup, which uses a BKP Boss telecaster bridge pickup and a BKP Nantucket P90 in the neck position, both stock wound so that you keep the single coil tone when you’re in the middle position. The P90 in the neck compliments the tele bridge pickup wonderfully, unlike a regular tele neck pickup which in my opinion lacks character when sat next to that big aggressive bridge pickup, the P90 has a wonderful deep, full and creamy tone which compliments it fantastically. Because the two are stock wound single coils (meaning they don’t create a humbucker in middle position) you keep all of those wonderful single coil dynamics, but not only that, in the middle position you get an incredible frequency range from the big growly bottom end of the P90 to the big bright ‘clank’ of the tele bridge pickup. I truly and honestly believe this is the finest pickup combination for anyone playing clean or bluesy overdriven guitar.
The body of the T90 is made from the highest quality American swamp-ash, neck of rock maple and an Indian rosewood fingerboard.
Finished in the highest quality nitro-cellulose lacquer and with extreme care taken to keep the lacquer as thin as possible to ensure the most natural tone is achieved. The T90 available at the moment is finished in white-blond (meaning you can see the grain of the ash through the finish) and then complimented with a tortoise shell pickguard, this badboy not only sounds incredible but looks fantastic.

The JPG F-line guitars are not fully made in the JPG workshop in Osaka, the bodies and necks custom made by the highest quality producer in the USA an then sent to us unfinished. Here in the JPG workshop in Osaka Japan we hand finish the guitars, spray and polish the nitro lacquer and then build up the guitars with the highest quality parts from the USA and Europe.

Have no doubt that this is one hell of a telecaster

Specs
-Body – 2-piece Swamp Ash
-Neck – Rock Maple – Standard Tele neck profile
-Fingerboard – Indian Rosewood 9.5″ radius
-Neck Pickup – BKP Nantucket P90
-Bridge Pickup – BKP The Boss Tele PU
-Controls – 1xvol, 1xtone, 3-way toggle switch (all CTS and Switchcraft)
-Capacitor – Jensen BKP paper/oil 0.022uf
-Bridge – Compensated vintage 3saddle Tele bridge
-Tuners – TonePros official Kluson upgrade tuners
-Pickguard – tortoise shell PVC
-Hardware – custom JPG neck plate, custom JPG control plate for toggle switch
-Finish – Nitro-Cellulose gloss, white blond body, clear neck

180000yen

JPG F-line Classic-J

Classic-J

The JPG Classic-J does not conform to one particular era of jazz bass, but utilises all of the best points from the history of the Jazz.
So where to begin with this one? Well let’s start off with the fingerboard, I’m a firm believer that rosewood has no place on a jazz bass (that doesn’t mean I don’t like it, it works great on a P-bass), a jazz bass should have a nice percussive punchy tone and when I think of rosewood, I do not think percussive and punchy, I think soft and warm. So maple was a must and when you ask most people how they like a jazz bass to look, they generally answer ‘like those 70’s ones with the black binding on the fingerboard and black block inlays’, so there you go there was no question how the fingerboard had to be.
Onto pickups, all JPG F-Line basses come installed with either Bare Knuckle Pickups (for vintage tone) or Delano pickups (for modern and contemporary tones). For this classic-J I wanted to go for a real vintage 60’s jazz bass tone, so it’s been loaded with a BKP ’60 PE Jazz set.

Wood!!! Over the years Fender have gone between Swamp-Ash and Alder for the majority of their guitars and basses, both give a brilliant tone, but back to what I was saying earlier ‘percussive and punchy’ Swamp ash has the perfect density and tonal response for those characteristics, whereas Alder is warmer and more bassy (better suited to a P-bass). So all JPG F-Line Classic-J basses come as standard with Swamp-Ash bodies (though of course we can accommodate any other wood choices for custom orders).

There are a few modern aspects to this bass that just perfect the instrument. It’s been installed with a double truss-rod with an allen nut adjuster at the heel end so you can tweak the rod without taking off the strings. In addition to the double rod, the F-line bass necks come fitted with two stiffening rods either side of the adjustable rod. These come in either steel or graphite, which both have their own advantages. The steel rods improve the tone of the neck and significantly reduce ‘dead spots’ (these are notes on the fingerboard that have a lower natural resonance than other notes and therefore are quieter). If you’ve played fender basses before and not noticed these then I wouldn’t worry about it. The graphite rods have little effect in dead spots and the neck will have a more traditional fender tone, the main advantage of be graphite rods is that they are significantly lighter in weight that the steel rods, so if you’re concerned with weight, you might consider going with this option. This particular Classic-J has been fitted with steel rods to give a really balanced tone.
The final modern aspect to this bass is the installation of a Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge which has been custom drilled out for through body stringing here at the JPG workshop. The FCH bridges have been specifically designed to lock down and transfer as much tone as possible from the strings into the body. This is achieved by their ingenious design and a lightweight aluminium construction.

The bass is finished in the highest quality nitro-cellulose lacquer with extreme care taken to keep it as thin as possible to ensure a natural tone is achieved. This particular bass is finished clear with a slight butter-scotch tint to the body for a really classic jazz bass look.

The JPG F-line guitars and basses are not fully made in the JPG workshop in Osaka, the bodies and necks are custom made by the highest quality producer in the USA an then sent to us unfinished. Here in the JPG workshop in Osaka Japan we hand finish the guitars, spray and polish the nitro lacquer and then build up the guitars with the highest quality parts from the USA and Europe.

Specs

-Body – 2piece Swamp-Ash
-Neck – Rock Maple with traditional Jazz bass profile
-Fingerboard – Rock Maple with black binding, black block inlays and 10″ radius
-Pickips – Bare Knuckle ’60 PE Jazz set
-Controls 2xVol, 1xTone (CTS)
-Capacitor – Jensen BKP paper/oil 0.015uf
-Tuners – Schaller BMFL nickel
-Bridge – Babicz Full Contact Hardware (custom drilled for through-body stringing)
-Pickguard – 1ply black PVC
-Hardware – custom JPG neck plate
-Finsh – Nitro Cellulose Gloss, body clear with butter-scotch tint, neck clear.

195000yen

JPG F-line Vintage-P

The JPG F-Line Vintage-P is a straight up premium quality vintage style P-bass with just one or two small modern modifications to give you a really old school look and sound with all the stability and reliability you expect from a modern high-end bass.
So what features does the Vintage-P have, well for me when I think of a P-bass I think ‘Thud!’ that big growling boisterous bassy tone. If this is he tone you’re looking for then as far as woods go, you gotta go Alder body, Rock Maple neck with rosewood fingerbord. That’s as P-bass as it comes so that’s what we did.
It’s got a nice chunky traditional P-bass neck profile to ensure all that tone travels through it and to give you something to hold onto while you’re pounding out those fat bass lines.

When it comes to pickups, all JPG F-Line basses come installed with either Bare Knuckle Pickups (for vintage tone) or Delano pickups (for modern and contemporary tones). For this Vintage-P I wanted a big vintage p-bass tone with plenty of bottom end so I decided the BKP 65′ split set would be the best pickups for the tone I was going for.

It’s been installed with a double truss-rod with an allen nut adjuster at the heel end so you can tweak the rod without taking off the strings. In addition to the double rod, the F-line bass necks come fitted with two stiffening rods either side of the adjustable rod. These come in either steel or graphite, which both have their own advantages. The steel rods improve the tone of the neck and significantly reduce ‘dead spots’ (these are notes on the fingerboard that have a lower natural resonance than other notes and therefore are quieter). If you’ve played fender basses before and not noticed these then I wouldn’t worry about it. The graphite rods have little effect in dead spots and the neck will have a more traditional fender tone, the main advantage of be graphite rods is that they are significantly lighter in weight that the steel rods, so if you’re concerned with weight, you might consider going with this option. This particular Vintage-P has been fitted with steel rods to give a really balanced tone.

As with all JPG F-line guitars and basses, it’s finished in the highest quality nitro-cellulose lacquer, with extreme care taken to keep it as thin as possible in order to keep the tone as natural as possible. And this badboy comes in the classic 3tone sunburst complimented with a tortoise shell pickguard.

The JPG F-line guitars and basses are not fully made in the JPG workshop in Osaka, the bodies and necks are custom made by the highest quality producer in the USA an then sent to us unfinished. Here in the JPG workshop in Osaka Japan we hand finish the guitars, spray and polish the nitro lacquer and then build up the guitars with the highest quality parts from the USA and Europe.

Specs

-Body – 2piece Alder
-Neck – Rock Maple with traditional P-bass profile
-Fingerboard – Indian Rosewood with cream dots and 10″ radius
-Pickips – Bare Knuckle ’65 Split P-bass set
-Controls 1xVol, 1xTone (CTS)
-Capacitor – Jensen BKP paper/oil 0.015uf
-Tuners – Schaller BMFL nickel
-Bridge – WD high quality standard fender type bridge with through body stringing
-Pickguard – 4ply tortoise shell
-Hardware – custom JPG neck plate
-Finsh – Nitro Cellulose Gloss, body 3-colour sunburst, neck clear.

187000yen

Pre-wired Bare Knuckle wiring Harness and Pickguard

Yesterday I was wiring up this pickguard for a new JPG F-Line Strutocaster that is nearly ready for polishing. It occurred to me that seeing as all the electronics (except the Jack, which only requires 2 solder joints) are mounted on the pickguard, we could wire these up and sell them so you can just pull off your old pickguard and slam this one in and instantly have a serious and full electronics upgrade for your guitar.

These pickguards will fit any US series strat (excluding vintage re-issue 8-hole pickguards) or any Mexican fender strat. These ones wont fit a Japanese Fender, but i’m currently looking into replacement pickguards for Japanese Fenders, so that we can offer both kinds.

So what do you get on one of these Pickguards,                                                                  – Bare Knuckle Apache set (RWRP)                                                                                      – Bare Knuckle custom CTS 280K pots x3                                                                          – Bare Knuckle custom Jensen Paper/Oil capacitor (15cfd)                                                   – CRL 5-way Switch                                                                                                             – All Vintage spec cloth wiring                                                                                              – Switchcraft Jack

Now if you’ve got a super keen eye, you might notice that on the pots on the picture above are the high quality WD CTS pots (because we’re out of stock on the BKP pots), the WD pots are made in the same factory and are made to the same tolerance, the only differences are that the WD pots are standard 250K resistance and the BKP pots are custom 280K (meaning they bleed of slightly more bass when rolling off the volume), the other difference is the torque on the shaft, BKP pots are low torque (meaning they move very easily with little effort, allowing super fast adjustments while playing). The WD pots have medium torque, meaning more effort is required to turn the pot, but a smoother, less scratchy feeling to the pot (because you can’t feel as much of the carbon tracks in the pot). The pre-wired pickguards will come as standard with the BKP pots as standard, but if you want one with the WD pots, just let us know and we’ll wire one up for you.

PICKUPS! So for the pre-wired pickguards I’ve decided to make them with an RWRP set of Bare Knuckle Apache pickups. In my opinion these are the finest Strat pickups I’ve ever heard. Bare Knuckle have a series of Vintage authentic Strat pickups called the PAT Pend series, offering vintage correct replicas of late 50’s or early 60’s Strat sets, both of which are fantastic, but have very different characteristics. For the Apache set, Bare knuckle took all of the best characteristics of each era of strat pickups and combined them to give the most balanced and ‘perfect’ strat tones, and they did not disappoint these things sound… well i hate to use this word, but perfect.                                                                            Of course if you’re wanting a pre-wired pickguard with another BKP pickup set, just let us know and we’ll wire it up for you.

If you haven’t already tried one of these BKP Jensen capacitors, then I strongly suggest that you try one out as soon as possible. I always used to think that expensive caps were a bit of a con and used to tell people ‘what’s the point in spending money on caps, they just make your sound all muddy, if you want more bass or less treble, just use the EQ on your amp’. Well, I have no problem admitting when i am wrong, we tried these things out just to see what they were like, first time i tried them I installed one in one of my T90 guitars (a telecater with a BKP Boss bridge tele pickup and a Nantucket P90 in the Neck position). I was plugged into my Pro Junior, volume turned up to about 5 so that the power tubes were just starting to saturate, getting a wonderfully percussive sound with all those incredible dynamics you get from a good single coil. i turned down the tone pot expecting to get the typical muddy sludge sound of a ceramic cap and to my amazement heard a wonderful, creamy deep but clear and usable tone which brought me into the light of understanding why the hell there’s a tone knob on guitars.

As for the rest, only the best is used, real US made CRL 5-way switch, US Switchcraft Jack, real vintage cloth ‘pushback’ wire and good old fashioned 60/40 solder (none of that horrible lead free rubbish).

So you’re probably expecting some horribly expensive price for this great upgrade, but you know how we like to make things affordable, so here’s what we’re gonna charge you.

Parchment White, Black or White – 37,000Yen

we’re also gonna do Tortoise shell guards as well, I haven’t done the exact price yet but expect about +3,000 for fauxe ITS (this is when an image of tortoise shell is printed and then a clear layer of plastic is laid over the top. it looks pretty real, you have to have super sharp eyes to notice its fake)

about +5-6,000yen for real celluloid Tortoise shell (this is the real vintage spec stuff where different colours of celluloid are swirled together before allowing it to set, its the real deal but comes with the appropriate price tag).

if you want any other colours, check out the WD website, cause that’s where we buy our pickguard material from and let us know what kind and we’ll give you a price for the full pre-wired pickguard.

the only thing you’ll have to do to install these is feed the two wires for the jack through and then solder them onto the jack, also the ground wire coming from the trem claw will need soldering on, but that’s all pretty simple if you’ve got an Iron.

if you don’t and you’re in Kansai, drop your guitar into our shop and we’ll do it for free. if you’re not in kansai, take it to your local tech and as long as the guy’s got a soul, he should only charge you a few hundred yen to solder on three wires.

So if you like the way your Strat feels but want a real high-end tone from it, this is the perfect solution for you.

 

DELANO Just Arrived In Stock!!!

Here they are, whether you’re looking for vintage accurate pickups or big fat contemporary monsters, we’ve got something for you… and of course as with all of our pickups and mod parts, we are obliterating Japanese retail prices and giving them to you at the retail prices from the country of origin (plus a small amount for shipping and import tax, but it is only a small amount). And as if that’s not good enough, if you can bring your bass into the shop, we’ll install them for free.

The first order was a small one, just importing one set of each pickup we were expecting to be popular. we’ll see which ones you guys like and then we’ll get some serious stock quantities in. But of course if there is anything particular your looking for, just let us know and we’ll get it ordered, orders should typically take about three weeks (as they’re hand made to order).

 

So here’s what we’ve got in stock

Vintage Voiced Pickups

JC 4 AL 70s set (70′s era vintage Jazz bass single coil – set) 21,000円

PC 4 AL (vintage voiced P-bass humbucking split coil set) 12,000円

MC 4 AL/V4 (Vintage pre-EB Music Man Stingray style alnico pickup) 15,000円           note: this pickup comes pre-wired as a parallel humbucker (as the original pickups were), if you’re bent on having a vintage accurate MM tone but you want the versatility of a parallel/series switch, we can re-wire it for you.

Contemporary pickups

JMVC 4 FE/M2 set (Humbucking Jazz bass set with big Stingray type poles) 21,000円 you looking to get rid of that single coil hum and replace it with the kick of a steel-toe capped boot? then look no further.

PMVC 4 FE/M2 (P-bass pickups with big Stingray type poles) 12,500円                        tighter and heavier than a traditional P-bass set, these badboys will handle anything you can give ’em.

MC 4 AL (a more modern but very familiar Stingray alnico pickup) 12,500円             intended to be used mainly as a parallel humbucker or in split single coil mode for super tight and punchy Stingray tone, but why not add a series parallel switch for those big fat three-note bass grooves, cause sometimes that’s what you gotta do and this pickup’ll turn your one pickup bass into a super versatile funk machine worthy of Mr Clinton himself (and I’m not talking about Bill).

MC 5 AL (5-sting version of ‘MC 4 AL’ with screw ears) These Ladies are spoken for.  you might have noticed there are a couple of 5-string MM pickups in the photo above. These are MC5AL pickups that are destined for a custom order 5-string non-reverse thunderbird that we’re making at the moment. But if you’re wanting 5-string MM pickups its best to order them in special as there are a lot of different options for cover sizes and pole spacings.

if you want any more info on Delano, have a look at their website, drop us a line or give us a call.

delano     –    http://www.delano.de/home.html

 

DELANO Bass Pickups – coming soon to JPG

After spending the last few months testing out pickups from all the big boys in boutique bass pickups, we’re proud to announce that we have a new dealership with Delano from Germany and the first batch is on its way.

Now ever since we opened the JPG Japan workshop we’ve been very much on the mission of promoting Bare Knuckle Pickups in Japan and we’ve had a lot of success with that and will continue to do so. However BKP are predominantly a guitar pickup producer and though they make a few bass pickups, we felt the need for a bass pickup specialist.

So, how did we end up going with Delano? Well after testing out a bunch of pickups and reading a lot of customer reviews on the internet, to get a really good idea of what people like (not just what I like), we quickly narrowed it down to two, Delano and Nordstrand.

We then hit a big brick wall cause we really struggled to choose between them, they are both really fantastic pickup producers. They both offer authentic vintage spec pickups if that’s your thing and they both make absolutely fantastic contemporary pickups with uncompromised clarity and low-end frequencies that will make a mess of anyone’s pants.

So whatever happens we’ve found something we can work with, so the next thing to look at was the price. if you buy these pickups in Europe or the States, you can expect them to run a pretty similar cost, give or take a few bucks. But everything’s different in Japan, there is a very strange market for imported instrument parts. Due to the language barrier and culture differences, many manufactureres feel its too complicated to deal directly with Japanese retailers, so they find a japanese distributor who is the only person in Japan who can buy the product directly from the manufacturer. What this means is the distributor buys the parts at trade price, adds their profit (which is often a very high percentage), sells to the retailers (like us for example) then we have to put on our percentage and by the time it gets to you, you’re paying an average on 200-250% US retail value, Yikes!!!

On the other hand, there are a handful of manufacturers that realise that trading through a distributor significantly reduces your customer base (would you pay 60,000yen for a pair of pickups? i wouldn’t. would I pay 30,000yen? yes). BKP are among this small selection and that’s why we’re able to sell them so cheap. Before we opened up, there were several BKP dealers in Japan, but all of them charged about 50-60 thousand yen for a pair of humbuckers, that’s because they’re the same quality (actually i think better) as Lindy Fralin, Lollar, Nordstrand etc, pickups and all of these other guys have japanese distributors, so the BKP retailers bumped up the price so people wouldn’t think they were inferior to the other makers.

Well, i think a little differently and to me it seemed the best way for people to recognise the quallity was to get them out there and in as many guitars as possible and then people would hear for themselves. and guess what? it worked, every month we sell more and more BKP’s.

Anyway this is a post about Delano, what i was getting to is that Delano is also in that small group that hasn’t limited their market with a distributor. I’ve had a look around and there’s a few retailers already stocking Delano’s over here, and surprise surprise, Takaii.

So, we’ve just submitted our first order and expect to get them in stock sometime in the next few weeks. here’s a list of what we’ve got coming and prices for them, just have a look around and see how much cheaper we’re selling them than everywhere else. We’ve only ordered the models that we expect to be most popular, but if you’re looking for something different or you need a custom string spacing, let us know and we can order them in for you (at our regular brilliant prices of course).

JC 4 AL 70s set (70’s era vintage Jazz bass set) 21,000円

JMVC 4 FE/M2 set (Humbucking Jazz bass set with big Stingray type poles) 21,000円

PC 4 AL (vintage voiced P-bass humbuckers) 12,000円

PMVC 4 FE/M2 (P-bass pickups with big Stingray type poles) 12,500円

MC 4 AL (traditional Stingray alnico pickup) 12,500円

MC 4 AL/V4 (Vintage pre-EB Music Man Stingray style alnico pickup) 15,000円

MC 5 AL (5-sting version of the ‘MC 4 AL’ with screw ears) 14,000円(soapbar version to fit EB 5-string basses can be ordered at no additional cost on request)