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"I finally finished the guitar for which I bought your pickups and have had several players over to try it. Everyone agrees your pickups sound great. They live up to every claim you make and then some :D"
-- R. Duke

FlatCat™ pickups are available from:  https://Etsy.com/shop/Wishbringer

 

"Battle Axe" 4-string guitar by customer Lucas Melton, based on a FlatCat™

CBG-model pickup. Customer appraisal:  "Excellent pickup. Sounds awesome!!!"

 

 

 

CUSTOMER COMMENTS (from Reviews on Etsy.com):

"I put them in my SG they sound awesome in the highs mids and lows. I'm glad I got them so thanks and hope you keep coming up with great ideas like that.  All the best." - GH

"This is the second one that I have bought. Excellent output & tone for a flat PU. Great installation, easy." - Integrity54321

"Fantastic pickup with impeccable design and craftsmanship. Sounds great and is thin enough to surface mount on all the types of guitars I build." - Bob Marioni

"Excellent product. It was a breeze to install and it sounds great." - Philip Iles

"Looks great, better than photograph. Made to order, I got 4 at one time. You got to have this for a CBG where thin is sometimes an absolute in some cases, but sound quality isn't forfeited." - Tofestus

 

FLATCAT™ PICKUPS--UNIQUE SIZE, UNIQUE SOUND

The FlatCat™ no-hum electric guitar pickup is about 1/4" thick... but provides all the power of a full-size pickup. It is surface-mounted on your guitar. The entire pickup being directly beneath the strings allows the FlatCat to pick up every nuance of sound, transmitting accurate and rich signal to your amplifier. No other type of pickup can achieve that effect.

Each FlatCat is individually hand-made with great care. The unique design eliminates the hum you get from single pickups.  If you're acquainted with pickups, imagine a humbucker and P-90 combined and you'll have some idea of the wonderful tone of a FlatCat pickup.

FlatCat works with standard electric guitars, cigar box guitars (CBGs), folk guitars and other instruments that use steel / nickel strings. It produces especially fine tone on all such instruments.

A professional luthier stated: "This has such a balanced sound. It brings out a full bass end without losing the trebles, and has almost an acoustic sub-tone to it.  It's a great pickup."

The FlatCat is surface-mounted to your instrument. Rather than needing to route or carve a hollow for your pickup, all you need to do is drill a hole for the wire, or mount it directly over the existing pickup hollow.  Easy how-to installation instructions are provided for a variety of mounting methods.

 
TWO SIZES
1. Cigar box guitar (CBG) : 2" square
2. Humbucker-size: 3 1/4" x 1 3/4" (corner mount humbucker size).

 

SOUND AND VOLUME
 

The FlatCat has incredibly rich sound and produces the volume of a standard-design pickup. The special design allows for a wide range of sound: blues, classical, smooth jazz, folk, country and rock.  At standard volumes it produces clean, clear sound. Crank it a bit and the FlatCat is good for situations where greater volume or even natural distortion is desired.

FlatCat™ pickups can be used on any electric guitar that has sufficient clearance between the surface and strings. Please measure and if you're running lower than 3/8" clearance, let me know at the time of the order so I can focus on an extra-thin pickup.  Strat-type guitars will likely need a opening cut in the pick guard to seat the Flatcat with sufficient clearance for the strings. 

 

VIDEO DEMOS of the FlatCat™

This is an archival video of a FlatCat prototype-- with a bit of built in growl!
ElectraGlide CBG

Hazardous Voltage CBG

 

Four Aces CBG

 

(See The History of FlatCat Pickups for additional information.)


 

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