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Kent Armstrong

In the early 1970's, Kent got his start rewinding pickups in his father, Dan Armstrong's New York City repair shop. Eventually, Kent took over the repair shop and added a partner: pickup designer Bill Lawrence. With Bill's help, Kent continued his accumulation of pickup knowledge, and it was at this time that he started building his first pickups. After moving to England to attend college, Kent opened a rewind and repair shop and started designing new ways to manufacture his own line of pickups. Today, Kent is one of the foremost pickup designers in the industry, and years of listening to what the customer wanted to hear has culminated in the WD pickup line. With his designs for WD, as well as his handmade pickups, Kent still has one goal in mind: To give every player their dream sound.

Kent Armstrong

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KENT ARMSTRONG CLASSIC...

This is an ultra sweet sounding, low output-pickup. The vintage single coil specifications offer a tight, balanced low end response and sweet chimey highs. If you are looking for a true vintage tone that ISN'T modified to sound like a 60 year old pickup, this is an excellent upgrade. Great for blues and classic old school funk applications.

Price €49.55
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KENT ARMSTRONG POWER BLADES...

This dual blade mini humbucker fits neatly into a standard single coil-sized pickup routing without modification to your single coil cut pickguard / scratchplate. Designed for high gain applications with emphasis on the bass and midrange frequencies.

Price €51.65
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KENT ARMSTRONG POWER BLADES...

This dual blade mini humbucker fits neatly into a standard single coil-sized pickup routing without modification to your single coil cut pickguard / scratchplate. Designed for high gain applications with emphasis on the bass and midrange frequencies.

Price €51.65
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KENT ARMSTRONG TEXAS...

This Texas Vintage bridge position pickup adds the bite to your single coil tone that you have been looking for! Featuring Alnico magnets & overwound coils, these babies satisfy the souls of those who require vintage tone, but want more out of their Pickups.

Price €54.54
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CLASSIC BLADES - HUM...

Turn your single coil guitar into a humbucker-equipped rock machine with this blade pickup without routing and still have the ability to coil tap for single coil tones. The Alnico V magnets allow more of a vintage tone and warmth. 4 conductor wiring allows coil splitting, series / parallel, phase inversion and more.

Price €53.72
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CLASSIC BLADES - HUM...

Turn your single coil guitar into a humbucker-equipped rock machine with this blade pickup without routing and still have the ability to coil tap for single coil tones. The Alnico V magnets allow more of a vintage tone and warmth. 4 conductor wiring allows coil splitting, series / parallel, phase inversion and more.

Price €53.72
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KENT ARMSTRONG STINGER 7 -...

This Kent Armstrong epoxy design has a 2 core lead and is reverse wound just slightly hotter than vintage to have a smooth warm single coil tone. This is a reverse wound / reverse polarity pickup and is ideal for the middle position in either a SSS or HSS configuration in your 7 string instrument. Closed black cover.

Price €56.20
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KENT ARMSTRONG STINGER 7 -...

This Kent Armstrong epoxy design has a 2 core lead and is wound just slightly hotter than vintage to have a smooth warm single coil tone. An ideal neck position pickup for your 7 string instrument when used with a HSS configuration. Available in reverse wound / reverse polarity. Closed black cover.

Price €61.98
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KENT ARMSTRONG SIDEWINDER -...

Dual blade mini humbucker with closed cover that fits neatly into a standard single coil-sized pickup rout. A high gain pickup with emphasis on the bass and midrange frequencies. 4 conductor lead wire allows for coil tapping and phase switching capability. Perfect for middle or bridge position ..

Price €66.11
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KENT ARMSTRONG HOT ROD...

This Kent design is for the bridge position of your instrument when you are looking for a Tele® sound in 7 string applications. Wound slightly hotter than a vintage pickup this epoxy filled cover with molded baseplate shape will give you all the twang and bite you are looking for with slightly boosted mids.

Price €61.98
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KENT ARMSTRONG VINTAGE 57-...

Slightly hotter than the 54 models, these recreations of the 1957 Strat® single coil pickups deliver a true vintage tone not available until now. Middle position reverse wound / reverse polarity to achieve noise cancellation when utilizing a 5 way switch. 42 gauge Formvar wire and Alnico III magnets. White covers.

Price €70.24
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KENT ARMSTRONG CLASSIC SOAP...

This classic Kent Armstrong designed P-90 produces the fat, rich single coil tone that a vintage P-90 is known for. This pickup sounds great in either low, medium or the highest of high gain situations enabling it to be used in a wide variety of applications from clean to extreme. Reverse wound / reverse polarity.

Price €71.07
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KENT ARMSTRONG FIREBIRD -...

This is Kent's reproduction of the classic mini humbucker with an excellent blend of rich, vintage tones similar to the Vintage N with added string definition. This is an amazing pickup in any vintage style guitar application. Replacement for Les Paul® deluxe, etc.

Price €89.26
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KENT ARMSTRONG HOT TWINS -...

When introduced in 1957, the split-P pickup was a breakthrough in ways that many people didn't appreciate. The string never leaves the magnetic field due to having two polepieces surrounding each string. This design minimizes hum while retaining the clarity and transparency of a single coil since there is no phase cancellation.

Price €78.50
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RORY GALLAGHER 1963 GRETSCH...

Rory's 1963 Gretsch® Corvette was among the popular lineup of stage instruments and was specifically set up for slide guitar work. This guitar had a single soap-bar P-90 installed and got the fat single-coil sound for a great cutting but warm blues solo.

Price €82.64
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RORY GALLAGHER 1963 GRETSCH...

Rory's 1963 Gretsch® Corvette was among the popular lineup of stage instruments and was specifically set up for slide guitar work. This guitar had a single soap-bar P-90 installed and got the fat single-coil sound for a great cutting but warm blues solo.

Price €82.64
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RORY GALLAGHER 1963 GRETSCH...

Rory's 1963 Gretsch® Corvette was among the popular lineup of stage instruments and was specifically set up for slide guitar work. This guitar had a single soap-bar P-90 installed and got the fat single-coil sound for a great cutting but warm blues solo.

Price €82.64
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RORY GALLAGHER 1963 GRETSCH...

Rory's 1963 Gretsch® Corvette was among the popular lineup of stage instruments and was specifically set up for slide guitar work. This guitar had a single soap-bar P-90 installed and got the fat single-coil sound for a great cutting but warm blues solo.

Price €82.64
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KENT ARMSTRONG - SMOOTH SAM...

This is the 7 string version of Kent Armstrong 's super popular jazz humbucking pickup. Epoxy casting inside the cover allows for added coil to give a sweet mini-humbucker tone. The extended cover allows for use with traditional 7 string arch-top electrics. This is the same pickup used by Eastman on their 7 string archtops.

Price €86.78
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KENT ARMSTRONG SLIMBUCKER -...

Kent Armstrong has long been the best jazz pickup designer in the industry. Well, this time he has outdone himself. This pickup is only 3/8 thick but sacrifices nothing in terms of the full rich sound that players have come to expect from him. Never worry about fitting a pickup under the strings again!

Price €86.78
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KENT ARMSTRONG CLAYMORE -...

Our model HB4E3N - Nec k position 4/5 string pickup is a classic soapbar with great tonal character. It can be used either active or passive mode, alone or in pairs. In parallel there is the characteristic CLICK of a Stingray® when popped, and in series it has the full, round growl of many classic bass Pickups.

Price €85.12
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KENT ARMSTRONG - SMOOTH SAM...

This is the 7 string version of Kent Armstrong 's super popular jazz humbucking pickup. Epoxy casting inside the cover allows for added coil to give a sweet mini-humbucker tone. The extended cover allows for use with traditional 7 string arch-top electrics. This is the same pickup used by Eastman on their 7 string archtops.

Price €90.08
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KENT ARMSTRONG CLAYMORE 5 -...

Our model HB5E3B - Bridge position 5 string pickup is a classic soapbar with great tonal character. It can be used either active or passive mode, alone or in pairs. In parallel there is the characteristic CLICK of a Stingray® when popped, and in series it has the full, round growl of many classic bass Pickups.

Price €90.07
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KENT ARMSTRONG CLAYMORE 5 -...

Our model HB5E3N - Nec k position 5 string pickup is a classic soapbar with great tonal character. It can be used either active or passive mode, alone or in pairs. In parallel there is the characteristic CLICK of a Stingray® when popped, and in series it has the full, round growl of many classic bass Pickups.

Price €90.07
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DAN ARMSTRONG BRIGHT BASS...

Designed by Dan Armstrong to have the snap of a single coil pickup and help cut through the mix. This is a great pickup for vintage to modern music and works very well with pedals. Whether you are playing a smooth line or have something funky going on this pickup will let you dial in the sound you need.

Price €90.91
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KENT ARMSTRONG - SMOOTH SAM...

This is the 7 string version of Kent Armstrong 's super popular jazz humbucking pickup. Epoxy casting inside the cover allows for added coil to give a sweet mini-humbucker tone. The extended cover allows for use with traditional 7 string arch-top electrics. This is the same pickup used by Eastman on their 7 string archtops.

Price €99.17
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DAN ARMSTRONG DEEP BASS...

This design by Dan Armstrong specifically for bass is a humbucker that offers both a heavy low EQ spectrum to fill out the gap between the drums and the guitars but also a fat, full bass sound to really add depth. Great for rock as well as jazz and other genres of music.

Price €97.93
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RORY GALLAGHER 1964 MELODY...

This Patent-Applied-For-style humbucker replacement pickup recipe is a dead-on replication straight from Rory Gallagher's 1964 Gibson ® Melody Maker®. The original single coil pickup has been replaced with this humbucker to allow for a fatter tone. Again in both Alnico 3 and Alnico 5 magnet versions so you can get the warmth and clarity or knock the edge off a bit for a more aged tone!

Price €157.02
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RORY GALLAGHER 1964 MELODY...

This Patent-Applied-For-style humbucker replacement pickup recipe is a dead-on replication straight from Rory Gallagher's 1964 Gibson ® Melody Maker®. The original single coil pickup has been replaced with this humbucker to allow for a fatter tone. Again in both Alnico 3 and Alnico 5 magnet versions so you can get the warmth and clarity or knock the edge off a bit for a more aged tone!

Price €157.02
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RORY GALLAGHER 1964 MELODY...

This Patent-Applied-For-style humbucker replacement pickup recipe is a dead-on replication straight from Rory Gallagher's 1964 Gibson ® Melody Maker®. The original single coil pickup has been replaced with this humbucker to allow for a fatter tone. Again in both Alnico 3 and Alnico 5 magnet versions so you can get the warmth and clarity or knock the edge off a bit for a more aged tone!

Price €157.02
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RORY GALLAGHER 1964 MELODY...

This Patent-Applied-For-style humbucker replacement pickup recipe is a dead-on replication straight from Rory Gallagher's 1964 Gibson ® Melody Maker®. The original single coil pickup has been replaced with this humbucker to allow for a fatter tone. Again in both Alnico 3 and Alnico 5 magnet versions so you can get the warmth and clarity or knock the edge off a bit for a more aged tone!

Price €157.02
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KENT ARMSTRONG JACK KNIFE -...

This set includes (2) pickups for bridge and neck position and (1) Reverse wound / reverse polarity for the middle position to eliminate 60 cycle hum.

Fits standard single coil routs. Similar to Kent's hot single coil design but with a metal cover to simulate the appearance of Split-Tube ™ Pickups. Black Metal closed cover.

Price €185.95
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RORY GALLAGHER 1959 ESQUIRE...

Another of Rory's workhorses was this 1959 Fender ® Esquire® which has both neck and bridge pickups installed. Definitely a difference in tone and balance from the replacement 1966 Tele® set, These Were lower resistance and lower output prior to the purchase of made Fender ® by CBS®.

Price €185.95
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RORY GALLAGHER 1959 ESQUIRE...

Another of Rory's workhorses was this 1959 Fender ® Esquire® which has both neck and bridge pickups installed. Definitely a difference in tone and balance from the replacement 1966 Tele® set, These Were lower resistance and lower output prior to the purchase of made Fender ® by CBS®.

Price €185.95
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RORY GALLAGHER 1978...

Rory Gallagher's 1978 Fender ® Musicmaster® was another instrument he relied upon heavily while touring. The originally replaced Musicmaster® pickups are voiced differently as they are considerably higher output and resistance than what was stock in this instrument.

Price €185.95
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RORY GALLAGHER 1978...

Rory Gallagher's 1978 Fender ® Musicmaster® was another instrument he relied upon heavily while touring. The originally replaced Musicmaster® pickups are voiced differently as they are considerably higher output and resistance than what was stock in this instrument.

Price €185.95
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RORY GALLAGHER 1958 STRAT...

Another favorite instrument of Rory's was a 1958 three-color sunburst Strat® that he commonly referred to as a 1957 model. Used mostly for recording, this guitar is equipped with an overwound set of custom pickups for an even but unbelievably hot tone. Now you can have these replacement pickups with a reverse wound / reverse polarity middle pickup to defeat that 60 cycle hum.

Price €247.11
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RORY GALLAGHER 1958 STRAT...

Another favorite instrument of Rory's was a 1958 three-color sunburst Strat® that he commonly referred to as a 1957 model. Used mostly for recording, this guitar is equipped with an overwound set of custom pickups for an even but unbelievably hot tone. Now you can have these replacement pickups with a reverse wound / reverse polarity middle pickup to defeat that 60 cycle hum.

Price €247.11
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