Tone Specific

TS - 1965 Deluxe Gray Bottom Set

  • TS - 1965 Deluxe Gray Bottom Set

Tone Specific

TS - 1965 Deluxe Gray Bottom Set

Usually Ships Within 1 Week.

  • Pro Tested – Pro Approved

    Formerly known as the 1965 Gray Bottom Blues set, we've rebranded these amazing pickups as our Deluxe set due to the comments from our professional clients. Sure they are an amazing set of Blues Pickups but they also have made some Jazz Pro's, Nashville Pickers & Rock Players very happy. 

    The general consensus that they are the most dynamic and warm sounding pickups ever made. Don’t take our word for it, just listen to what the Pro’s say….

    Mark Whitfield, one of the all-time Jazz greats is known for his fast picking and great tone.  Although not known for it, he's owned a few Strat's over the years. After he installed in 1965 Deluxe Set in his favorite Strat he said "I've tried every important Strat upgrade since 1983 & this is by far the best." He also noted that he loves how they drive his Vox AC30 amplifier.  This humbling praise from a Legendary Guitarist. 

    Dani Robinson, is an amazingly talented musician who has performed the Jimi Hendrix vocal and guitar parts in the Billy Cox Experience.  He knows a thing or two about authentic 60’s tone, his style personifies the “60’s Blues Tone” that everyone is chasing.  He plays our 60’s Blues Set in his #1 Strat, an Eric Johnson Fender Strat.  He said " Your 60’s Blues set has the Clarity I’ve been searching for…the feel and sound is like a 1965 Strat…I’m Speechless…What a beautiful tone my Guitar has now”.

    Beyond the 60's - Beyond Blues 

    When comparing our pickup to other pickups, the great players hear the difference right away.  It seems the better the player, the more excited they get after hearing our pickups in their guitar.

    Mark Whitfield, the amazing Jazz Artist proves that you can do more than Blues with this incredible set of pickups. He chose this set because it's clear and warm with enough to output to drive his amp.  

    Pete Mroz, a Nashville Player says the Deluxe Set brought his Strat to life. He was amazed how such a sweet sounding pickup could also be so bold.

    Vintage Tone - Modern Innovation.

    This set was inspired by a really terrific 1965 set.  Our painstaking design and testing process has yielded pickups that that sound great with tube amps, pedals, solid state amps, digital devices and even software. 

    Tonal Details:

    • Pickups are made to sound a warmer and clearer than most vintage pickups.
    • Bridge pickup is very warm and stronger to cut the mix and drive the amp without losing the “Straty-ness”
    • Middle is RWRP to eliminate hum in positions 2 & 4
    • Neck Pickup is very warm and clear & won't not get muddy when overdriven.
    • They clean up well by rolling off volume without losing clarity or getting muddy.


    Huge Tone. Huge Sweet Spot.

    Our pickups are designed to sound great in the guitar in which they are installed. Whether you like to put them closer to the strings our further away, your tone will remain dynamic, warm and touch-sensitive.  These pickups let the sounds in your head shine through the speaker with sweet tone and singing sustain. 

    They make a good guitar sound great and a great guitar sound amazing. More than a few top pro's have reported a huge improvement by dropping these into their vintage guitars.  


    A set of pickups that capture every nuance of your playing style is rare find these days. Most pickups are made by big corporations in factories. Our pickups are made by guitar players for other guitar players. We care about your tone. 

    These pickups are designed to musically respond to you. They are directly between you and your amp and interact in a very musical way.  You can produce an endless amount of tone by changing your pick-attack and picking location. Adjusting your volume and tone knobs opens up all kinds of doors in exploring the tonal pallet of these pickups. There is no need for tricky wiring gimmicks when you have a set of pickups of this caliber. 

    Certified Organic.

    Our Pickups are made by hand, one at a time, right here in the U.S.A.  Our goal is to make the most Dynamic, Warm & Sweetest sounding pickups in the world.  

    Now every Guitarist can experience the joy of having vintage voiced pickups tailored for their preferred tonal style without breaking the bank. Unlike the rest of the herd of boutique winders that just wrap wire around a bobbin to achieve a certain Ohm reading, we've taken painstaking path to tonal perfection. We welcome you to join us on this path. If you are thinking about Warm Blues Tones………….Think Tone Specific!


    How to Buy/Pricing

    Our Deluxe Strat Pickups cost $500 - Due to overwhelming demand, the current wait is 4 to 8 weeks. To order click the "Add to Cart" at the top of the page.

    Our building process takes a little longer than most pickup winders and we have rigorous testing that is performed on all pickups before they ship. This includes sound test. The goal is to make pickups that will not only inspire you when you get them but also 20 or 30 years down the road. We want these to be the last pickups you get. 

    The Deluxe Set takes a little longer to dial in so they cost a little more than our other sets. Just about everyone that has played our Deluxe Pickups say they are the best pickups they've ever played.

    Players with good ears seem to hear the difference right away. In fact, just about every pro we've dealt with has ordered multiple sets altering hearing how these pickups transform the feel & the tone of their instrument. We are sure you will appreciate the attention to detail when you hear your new pickups.

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