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Creepy Pewter Pickup Rings Installed

Creepy Pewter Pickup Rings Installed

I just finished installing my new Creepy Pewter Pickup Rings to my Schecter Avenger and it’s about damn time. Creepy Pewter was super fast with the shipping (I ordered the rings on Friday and they were at my door Monday morning). In case you’re not familiar with my guitar, the Avenger has been around for decades used my artists like J. Yeunger of White Zombie to Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold currently. My guitar is a Diamond Series Blackjack FRS, which means that it’s got a Floyd Rose and the Sustainiac pickup. When I went to the Schecter Custom shop and decided on the instrument, the A&R rep (Jim Robbins) was very cool about showing me around the shop and introducing me to a lot of instruments that were custom or prototypes that some of the artists may not have even seen yet. One of the things that caught my eye were the pickup rings on the Zacky Vengeance model. I didn’t think much about it at first. I picked up a couple guitars and had them set up to my specs by a great tech (Sergio Vega) and went on my way. What Sergio explained to me was that the Sustainiac essentially has a dummy pickup that doesn’t fit like normal so I might need to adjust it. In doing so, I think I may have loosened the pickup springs a bit much and like a bed spring pops through a mattress the pickup spring cracked the ring. I played it like this for a few years and eventually my dog wagged his tail against it and it practically blew up. I knew I needed a new pickup ring so I decided to look into the ones that I saw at the custom shop. It turns out that they are made by a guy who goes by the name Creepy Pewter (John Guenthier) and the guy is still in business. I rapped back and forth with him letting him know exactly what I wanted and he got back rather quick with any questions that I had.

The installation process was a bit of a pain in the ass, but once I got it the whole thing only took about 45min (If you’re good, you might be able to get it done in 15min). What was tricky was the bed spring effect I was mentioning. Taking off the old plates was easy, but then lining up the long screw and the spring and the hole on the pickup joint so that it functions was the tough part. After a bit of a struggle, I had them in. The plates themselves were a bit bigger than the old holes, but if you hold the plate a little above the holes and line the screws up right you shouldn’t have any issue. The rings themselves are heavy, solid and aesthetically bad ass. I suggest if you have any guitars that you are thinking of changing out the pickup ring on, you consider Creepy Pewter first.

Creepy Pewter

Creepy Pewter

Old rings

Old rings


Pickup Rings

Pickup Rings

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