- Lipstick pickup
The lipstick-tube pickup was first introduced by
Danelectroon their line of electric guitars. The original lipstick-tube pickups were, in fact, manufactured using surplus lipsticktubes, and were featured on Danelectro, Danelectro's Coral series, and guitars that were later marketed through Sears, Roebuck and Companydepartment stores under the name Silvertone.
These pickups have been featured most recently on Danelectro's reissued guitars in the 1990s and 2000s. The current production pickups are not made using surplus lipstick tubes, but rather using tubes machined especially for guitar pickups.
Unlike a traditional guitar pickup that uses a plastic or fiber
bobbinas a form for winding its coil, the lipstick-tube pickup has its coil wrapped around an alnicobar magnet, and then wrapped in tape, usually a cellophane-type tape on vintage units, before being inserted into the metal tube casing. Most vintage Danelectroguitars had their pickups mounted using spring-loaded brackets underneath the tube casing, which could be adjusted for height by means of screws located on the back of the guitar body. Other Danelectro guitars, like the Coral hollowbody series, suspended the pickups from the guitar's top with two screws threaded through the guitar's top and into the brackets. Modern lipstick-tube pickups are usually mounted in a pickguardlike on a Stratocaster.
Danelectrolipstick-tube pickups are quite wide, at 3.22 in (8.18 cm) overall. They cannot be retrofitted into a Stratocasteror similar guitar without removing some wood from the guitar body. To overcome this situation, a variety of aftermarket lipstick-tube pickups have been offered that are the same general width as the common Stratocasterstyle single-coils, with a 2.77 in (7.04 cm) wide tube casing.The Fender Telecaster's neck-position pickup, despite its appearance, is not a lipstick-tube pickup. It is a traditional single-coil pickup under a chrome-plated cover.]
The sound of lipstick-tube pickups is frequently described as "warm" and is most closely associated with surf,
rockabilly, and jangle pop. Silvertone and Danelectro wired their pickups in series rather than in parallel (the usual wiring for guitar pickups), which is similar to a humbuckerwiring, and this may have contributed as much of the pickups' sound as did their unique construction.
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