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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

Making Goals!!

Rock N’ Roll, So far 2015 has been high octane and I’ve got the pedal to the metal. I’ve been doing great at achieving my fitness goals and even won a 90-Day Fitness Challenge where I was able to win a couple bucks by sticking to a solid training schedule and maintaining a consistent eating […]

Guitar Heaven

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Going to NAMM for almost a half decade now, I’ve seen a lot of big name companies come up and get bigger and others fade away and disappear. As a guest of Voyage-Air Guitars way back when I first came to the NAMM Show, I was allowed to go to the show, but since I […]

Meeting Great People at NAMM 2015

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One of the best parts for me is meeting up with all the cool people at NAMM. There are so many stories behind all the relationships that people make while there and for a few for many of the years surrounding that time. While passing the Reunion Blues booth at NAMM, the word “reunion” pretty […]

A Couple Guitars I Checked Out at NAMM

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This year at NAMM was totally cool. Not only did I get published and receive an endorsement, but I also got to try a ton of new gear. Everything from the Fender room, to Schecter, Gibson, Taylor, Jackson, ESP, Line 6 and everything in between. Since it would take a month to talk about all […]

Sin

Sin and Atomic Bob

I remember discovering metal around the time I got into high school around the age of 14. One of the first bands that I got into when I started listening to this kind of music was a band called Ministry. They had this album called (In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up) Live, that […]

Whiskey Road

Atomic Bob

I was able to finish another track yesterday that I used from the same Guitar World as before. The name of this song is “Whiskey Road” and was one of the last songs that Dimebag Darrell recorded before he passed away. I think that’s the story anyway. It sounds like something that he might have […]

Smoke on the Water

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So I finished the recoding of “Smoke on the Water” the other day and got everything uploaded to Reverbnation where it looks like about 50 of you have seen the post, but only 8 of you clicked to listen to it. It’s cool man, it’s a cover and I ain’t gonna pay ya to listen […]

Ready to Bounce

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Yesterday I mentioned that I was working on the classic riff “Smoke on the Water” originally by Deep Purple. I finished setting up and arranging the drum sequence this morning using the built-in rhythm machine from the BR-532, and re did the vocals this afternoon. I had bounced two rhythm guitars together yesterday and deleted […]

Recordings Sounding Good

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I spent most of the day teaching old guitar solos that I haven’t played in a while and got inspired to really break my recordings down into a more basic structure. If that doesn’t make sense, I can play both rhythm and lead well so by recording something simple it should help me simplify what […]