‘The Black One’


Exact recreation of revered J Mayer Strat Spec.

Think: Bluesy, expressive playing with clarity & warmth.

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Our ‘Black One’ pickups set started out as a request from a long time Radioshop customer to nail that stunning JM tone exactly. In developing the set we were very fortunate in being able to piece together the details from a combination of sources, gaining access to readings from limited edition signature guitars, gleaning nuggets of info from those on the inside and scientifically analysing photos to get things spot on. We feel we’ve got every detail just right. You guys seem to agree too – our ‘Black One’ Strat set is now easily our most requested pickups set. This set is closest to our Vintage ’63s tone wise, featuring Heavy Formvar wire to nail that sweet, mellow yet expressive tone JM is famous for and features a custom stagger and output to enhance nuanced playing. With a warm, round bottom end, a prominent mid response and delicate highs, the Black One set is the perfect set to enjoy long sessions of playing.



  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire
  • Outputs: 6.2k (N), 6.0k (M), 5.8k (B)
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose
  • Pickups Wax Potted to reduce Microphonic Feedback
  • Custom stagger with lowered G,B and E pole pieces in neck position to match original
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers
  • Pickups come with modern style Strat covers as standard. Options to add our hand bevelled Relic’ed covers via the menu
  • Set is supplied with a Reverse Wound Reverse Polarity Middle pickup as standard for hum cancelling in positions 2 and 4. Non RWRP available on request


Watch & Listen to ‘The Black One’ Stratocaster Set

Delivery By default all of our pickups are shipped with Royal Mail who we find to be excellent both within the UK and Internationally. Their rates enable us to offer prices that are very reasonable for our customers and the timeframe is great for the vast majority of countries. We find that, once despatched, Royal Mail tend to take 1 working day within the UK, 2/3 working days within the EU, 4/5 working days to North America and Worldwide. These are guidelines and of course some countries differ and the level of ‘officiousness’ in customs departments differs massively worldwide. If ordering from a country which is notorious for taking a while to process imported goods (we can think of a few!) please build this into your expectation on the timeframe after despatch. How long will it take to make? As a small pickup maker handmaking within an extremely busy workshop we expect to complete all pickups sets within 16-20 working days (Relic’ed orders 5 days longer). We sometimes work quicker than those timeframes and we’ll always endeavour to finish your pickups as quick as we are able to of course. We can sometimes process a rush order if you have an upcoming, important concert or perhaps if you are buying for a relative’s birthday etc - feel free to message and we’ll always see what we can do.