The Guitar Magazine, UK – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
9/10 Choice Award Winner
“We love the bright, snappy and dynamic character around the amp’s breakup point … clean tones are sweet, powerchords chug along beautifully and those classic rock and blues solos can be pulled off with the proper authority … An ideal solution for sprucing up a guitar that plays well but lacks distinctive character – or simply making your favourite axe sound even tastier.”
Click here for the full review.
‘Justin Guitar’, YouTube Show – Custom Radioshop PAF/ID:Chris Buck/RadioTron Set
As suppliers of pickups to the awesome Gray Guitars of London we were extremely proud to make this custom PAF, ID:Chris Buck, RadioTron set to go in legendary Antipodean YouTuber Justin’s custom Emperor guitar from Gray Guitars. It’s a pretty interesting pickup combination, we think you’ll agree and here’s what Justin had to say about his set:
“I’m so glad that Tom Gray convinced me to put Radioshop pickups in my custom guitar, they sound fantastic and the splittable humbucker in the bridge is super special, really sounds like both a fat humbucker or twangy single coil. I played about on Chris Bucks guitar a bit too and his ID pickups sound sweet too – very detailed and punchy. Chris did try and explain the magic winding techniques but I didn’t really get it, but they sound great and that’s what counts!”
Hope you enjoy this video Justin put together for his hugely popular YouTube channel exploring his new sounds and switching options from his custom Radioshop loaded guitar …
‘That Pedal Show’, YouTube Review Show – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
We were extremely proud for our ID:Chris Buck Pickups set to be featured in August 18’s interview with Chris Buck on the hugely popular ‘That Pedal Show’ and for our pickups to come out on top in an impromptu pickup shoot out against some very highly rated competition. Watch from the 30 mins 30 secs mark to find out more …
Markus, Germany – ID:Chris Buck Strat Set
“These pickups are the best I’ve had in my Strats … It was the right decision to sell my twice as expensive Kloppmann Pickups to buy yours. Yours sound so much better!”
Cory Scanlon, Recycled Pedalboards, New York City, USA – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“These ID:Chris Buck pickups are AMAZING! Probably the best I’ve ever played, which is saying something because I’ve played just about every brand out there.
I’m not sure if you are familiar with Ron Ellis’ pickups but they are basically the gold standard here in the States. I have Ron’s in my other Strat. I have to say I think these are better. I’m in absolute LOVE.”
‘The Lick Loft’, UK – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“They are THAT good – they are DANGEROUSLY good!”
You can enjoy the full YouTube review below with stunning sound clips and playing from the guys at the Lick Loft.
Tomas, Sweden – ID:Evolution Strat Set
“The pickups really are amazing! When it’s time for a fourth set I think I’ll try the Vintage ’57 Specials! Thanks so much!”
David, Amarillo, Texas, USA – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“They are awesome. I have two Robert Cray strats. I compared the two and the one with your pickups in has so much life! The other set, which I thought sounded vintage, never got the tone and “balls” as yours. ”
Greg Davies, Manchester, England – ‘Radioshop’ PAF PLUS Set
“These pickups are sensational!!! I’m so so impressed … had Duncans in before yours, no comparison – yours blow them away!”
Vittorio, Ravenna, Italy – ID:Chris Buck ’57s Strat Set
“The guitar sounds terrific!! It’s absolutely amazing. Wonderful cream sound with bass and highs in evidence, not harsh but mellow just as a 50’s Strat should be.”
Tim, Maryland, USA – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“I just got and fitted the new Chris Buck RS pickups to my Strat – wow just awesome!”
“You notice immediately that responsive ‘touch sensitive’ vibe and tone which is both sweet and balanced at the same time and I haven’t even optimized the heights yet!”
“In the past I’ve tried a bunch of pickups e.g. CS69s, 54s, Texas Specials and SD SSLs and this is a most definite upgrade!”
Francesco, Italy – Vintage ’58 Telecaster Set
“I would like to thank you for this fabulous set. The best pickups I’ve ever played really!”
Gordon, England – Guild LB1 Upgrade/Rewind Service
“The pickups sound beautifully balanced and are warm and smooth and have totally transformed the guitar.”
“I now have one equal to a ’65 Starfire and I love it!”
Brian, Pennsylvania, USA – ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“Clean or dirty. Light or Hard. Just pure Strat tone the way it was meant to be!”
Lasse, Finland – ID:Telecaster Set
“… they pick up everything you do in a controlled an inspired way … absolutely stunning!”
Peter J, Slovenia – Vintage ’61 P Bass
“Man you guys nailed it this time! These sound a lot richer compared to stock. The trebles are transparent … bottoms are ‘centred’ and tight … helps a ton in the studio!”
Rob, Llanfairfechan, Wales, UK – Vintage ’63 Strat Specials
“Got the 63s today, outstanding….
I guess that I have had at least nine different sets of pickups in one of my Strat’s; loaded pickguards and pickups from top brands (all of them nice). But that is the point, the very point is they are all so nice! I am a sick man, I have had a lot of pickups in my time and after a while most of them can sound a bit predictably unexciting.
And then, the Radioshop 63s arrive with the rising sun. I swear these pickups have hatched from dragon’s eggs!
Seriously, they have a wonderful character that I have failed to capture to date. I love them. You’ve worked some magic into these pickups. They are right in my ballpark. Very inspiring.
I will return soon…”
Peter – Malmo, Sweden – ID: Chris Buck Signature Strat Set
“Probably the best pickups I’ve ever heard in a Stratocaster!”
Chris Buck, Buck and Evans – Vintage ’63 Specials
“They sound AMAZING! I played the Strat all night at the show on Saturday night and just couldn’t put it down. I’ve fallen in love with it all over again.”
John Campbell, Are You Experienced? – Vintage ’63 Specials
“Having tried more replacement Stratocaster pickups than I care to remember, when browsing again at yet even more I spotted something that caught my eye – Handwound Vintage 63′ pickups!
I contacted Paul from Radioshop and he explained the difference between the wire used on the pickups and supplied sound bytes which were nice and simple to show the tones rather than the playing. I explained that I play in a Hendrix tribute and the era of his sound that I was after, also that I would want the pickups with a Left Hand magnet stagger although I use a right hand guitar.
The turn around was very fast and the pickups arrived in a very classy box embossed with the company name. Each pickup was individually wrapped and they came with a Certificate of Authenticity. After fitting the pickups to my Alder body/ Maple neck and plugging it in I noticed straight away the clarity and perfect string to string balance.
After 10 mins fiddling with height adjustment and effect pedals/amp controls there it was! The sound I have been after for a very long time. Even the notorious middle pickup sounded great and the inbetween Strat quack was a joy to behold. The pickups have all of the vintage Strat tones but are not thin sounding which an awful lot of the Big Named pickups I’ve bought before suffered from. Dig in and they growl, back off the guitar volume control and they sing as sweet as any you will hear.
Radioshop Pickups will I’m sure become a name to be respected in the world of after market pickups, and deservedly so.
Thanks for helping get the sound that was in my head guys. Good luck!”
Ed Purcell, The Phantom Light – ’62 Jazz Bass Set
“I used my Jazz bass at a gig last night with my new Radioshop pickups fitted. They absolutely nail that classic, vintage growl and have all the subtle character that’s missing from most modern mass produced pickups. I had a well known brand of after market pickups in there for more than ten years but the difference a set of proper custom hand wound pickups makes is amazing. Even my drummer noticed the difference!”
Richard Thomas, Trade Street Riot – Classic ’58 Deluxe PAF
“Big thanks to all at Radioshop Pickups who turned my bashed up old Les Paul into practically a brand new guitar! New pickups sound AMAZING! Can’t believe the difference. Just need to find a mirror to play ‘holidays in the sun’ in front of and I’m virtually in the Pistols!”
David, via email – Gretsch Filtertron Rewind Service
“Hi guys, thought I’d give you a heads up on the Filtertron upgrade you put together for me. I’ve now run them back to back against another pair of aftermarket Gretsch Filtertrons for comparison. I’d say that they’re 10-15% lower output than the others, and what that does is to sweeten up the bass response. Filters have a reputation for being a bit mushy in the low end, with a weak response to the high E. This wind seems to even up the tones across the string range, which for old school rock and roll works really well. You can do those boogie woogie bass runs really clearly now without being too boomy.
Where it really works is with Chet Atkins, Travis picking. I use a pick on the bass strings and pluck up on the rest. A more even output allows a better control on the melody notes, meaning you don’t have to pull on them as hard to balance the bass end, sweet stuff indeed.
All in all, a very useful pickup, and a very happy me.”
Andy, Bristol – Studio ’63 Specials
“I installed the pickups and tried them out last night at rehearsal. My bass player (not knowing I had switched pickups) commented on how good my amp sounded! They are certainly are different from the previous pickups, and for me have a warmth and roundness in the mids and top end that I was missing from the alnico 5’s. Your pups are the perfect missing link for my pink Strat project and our instro music!”
Simon, Cardiff – Studio ’54 Specials
“What really impressed me was the musicality of your pickups. I’m not a rock player; I play in a funky soul band, so I play clean most of the time and I do a lot of rhythm work using jazzy three note chord voicings and lead licks, rather than all out blazing solos. Your pickups seem very well balanced across the full range of bass, mid and treble tone. On top of that they have a real sweetness and warmth that works great for the style of music I play.”