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Rivet Pickups

Rivet Pickups Rivet Pickups are revolutionary humbucker-sized boutique guitar pickups that use mini-coils to organically expand your guitar's tone. Using millennial technology, at RIVET we sifted thru the best of old designs and made a discovery so simple that it's hard to believe nobody thought of it before: Add mini coils that hear just certain string sets which you can mix in with the other coils you’ve had for years.

RIVET pickups have one full-size coil that hears six strings, plus another mini coil that hears a grouping of just a few strings. This allows you to combine such coils in new strategic combinations to get cool new sounds with the emphasis where you want it. Add bass to your single-coil bridge pickup, add treble to your single-coil neck pickups, or go from full-strength single-coil to humbucker wit

RIVET pickups have one full-size coil that hears six strings, plus another mini coil that hears a grouping of just a few strings. This allows you to combine such coils in new strategic combinations to get cool new sounds with the emphasis where you want it. Add bass to your single-coil bridge pickup, add treble to your single-coil neck pickups, or go from full-strength single-coil to humbucker wit

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Meet the new shop cat - Arduino.
01/03/2022

Meet the new shop cat - Arduino.

A minor variation:
12/10/2021

A minor variation:

Some recent work that I think will become standard product...
12/10/2021

Some recent work that I think will become standard product...

Hey Rivet tribe - look for a new design to be available on a hand-made prototype basis as soon as next week at www.rivet...
05/21/2021

Hey Rivet tribe - look for a new design to be available on a hand-made prototype basis as soon as next week at www.rivetpickups.com.

Yes, all my pickups are hand made, as are most brands, but there's a HUGE difference in manhours that go into prototypes vs. an ironed out production run. So if being on the bleeding edge appeals to you, and if you like to be involved at a level where your input has much bearing on the final outcome, be ready to pounce on next week's limited offer. I'll need to make a few sets as I dial in the final details.

So below - pics show the design cycle in full swing - 1st pic is design software & 2nd pic right is actual prototype.

These guitars are beautiful. (There are so many out there which aren't, that I love it when I come across something beau...
05/10/2021

These guitars are beautiful. (There are so many out there which aren't, that I love it when I come across something beautiful.) In particular, I like how this guy brings fragments from historical designs (sound-hole-not, F-style mandolin headstock, Flying-V body, jazzbox F-holes, 50's sunburst) and artfully arranges them in a lively yet cohesive design that salutes fragmentation itself. Cool. Brilliant work, David Myka.

Progress... (I think!)
04/14/2021

Progress... (I think!)

I'm working on something new, again. What do you think of this?
04/02/2021

I'm working on something new, again. What do you think of this?

Here's Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs & Deep Purple) with a miniature copy I made of his weird franken-tele-strat guitar. Mini...
10/22/2020

Here's Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs & Deep Purple) with a miniature copy I made of his weird franken-tele-strat guitar. Mini there on the table, and the original on-stage. Circa 1980.

This one was fun - take a close look at the pictures. I made a regular set of Rivet's and then added another independent...
10/12/2020

This one was fun - take a close look at the pictures. I made a regular set of Rivet's and then added another independent bass-only output, and another independent mid+hi only output. This thing can tri-amp with the regular Rivet's going to your favorite amp, and then more bass going to a bass amp and your mid+hi going thru your pedal chain to maybe another amp. It's pretty cool when the pedals only effect mid+hi's but don't mess with the bass - and the bass can flood the room without sounding muddy. It's all passive but it creates a shockingly "3D" tone...

This was an experiment - do you think it would sell? What do you think people would do with it? Anything cool you think you could do with it? Comments, please.

I made a tiny Les Paul which I sold to Eddie back around 1981. He was delighted; his wife Valerie told me he carried it ...
10/07/2020

I made a tiny Les Paul which I sold to Eddie back around 1981. He was delighted; his wife Valerie told me he carried it with him everywhere. It wound up as the centerpiece of a hit song, and the song was even named after it - "Little Guitars"... There's a much longer story to be told which includes my brother, a suitcase full of money, hanging out on tour, the invention of fine tuners on a locking vibrato, and so on and so forth. Kind of interesting and kind of not, but a heck of a lot of fun to experience. Ed, it's always been incredibly meaningful to me to have made something for a guy who is in turn so meaningful to other people. Rest in peace, Eddie - and memory eternal.

This is a very nice design, in my opinion. Beautiful motion in the pickguard.
09/16/2020

This is a very nice design, in my opinion. Beautiful motion in the pickguard.

Prototypes for Kenny Vaughan pile up as I process his feedback and develop "corrections".  That's about half of them.
05/13/2020

Prototypes for Kenny Vaughan pile up as I process his feedback and develop "corrections". That's about half of them.

Hoo-weee! - a blow-up in the laboratory last night. Nearly ready to release the new Rivet Pickups recipe!
02/05/2020

Hoo-weee! - a blow-up in the laboratory last night. Nearly ready to release the new Rivet Pickups recipe!

I'm grateful to my 100+ Kickstarter supporters who helped me get started!! I've come up with what I think is a huge impr...
01/10/2020

I'm grateful to my 100+ Kickstarter supporters who helped me get started!! I've come up with what I think is a huge improvement to Rivets - maybe "Rivets 2.0" - which is a new razorblade wiring... Older Rivets can use this new razorblade wiring only if they are rewound. Any of you interested, PM me or email for more details.

Some people look down on my work.
01/09/2020

Some people look down on my work.

The Simpsons DNA thru a microscope? Nope - it’s the bottom of a new Rivet Pickup design - coming soon.
10/04/2019

The Simpsons DNA thru a microscope? Nope - it’s the bottom of a new Rivet Pickup design - coming soon.

I feel the same about laying out circuit boards as I do driving in the snow: Sure, other people get stuck, but I don’t!
10/04/2019

I feel the same about laying out circuit boards as I do driving in the snow: Sure, other people get stuck, but I don’t!

Column 1 is science, and column 5 is "snake oil" (stuff that's supposed to work, but nobody checks or proves whether it ...
10/04/2019

Column 1 is science, and column 5 is "snake oil" (stuff that's supposed to work, but nobody checks or proves whether it actually does)...

I spend ALL of my invention time working to improve things in column 1, and I'm often shocked by how prone people are to believe in snake oil.

10/03/2019
Working feverishly on new Rivet Pickups...
10/02/2019

Working feverishly on new Rivet Pickups...

GUITAR HERO!: Scott Holyfield of Glaser Instruments, Nashville, beautifully fixed the shattered headstock of this guitar...
09/27/2019

GUITAR HERO!: Scott Holyfield of Glaser Instruments, Nashville, beautifully fixed the shattered headstock of this guitar I built in 1979 - Great job, Scott!!! This ax was owned by Dave Hlubek of Molly Hatchet. Now fixed it's soon on it's way to Dave's son, Kyle Hlubek.

Wouldn't this be a killer lobby for a music museum or theater? It's the interior of a durn hollow body guitar. 🙂 From ha...
09/27/2019

Wouldn't this be a killer lobby for a music museum or theater? It's the interior of a durn hollow body guitar. 🙂 From harperguitars.com...

Back in the early 1980's when I was learning to make instruments at the Old Time Pickin' Parlor in Nashville, I did some...
09/23/2019

Back in the early 1980's when I was learning to make instruments at the Old Time Pickin' Parlor in Nashville, I did some setup work on a guitar or two for an interesting old character. The Pickin' Parlor's owner, Coley Coleman, asked me if I knew who the guy was; I didn't. It was Harold Bradley. Harold was kind and unpretentious, which I liked. Being myself about 24, Harold at around 55 seemed old. My head space then was tuned in to the trajectory of 60's & 70's rock and roll such that Harold's amazing career was to me a fleeting curiosity at best. Thank God that life sometimes lets us look back and fill in the blanks. Harold passed away early this year at age 93; rest in peace, Harold Bradley.

Serious question; answer any way you like...Open this picture up fully to see it in detail, and based on appearance tell...
09/20/2019

Serious question; answer any way you like...

Open this picture up fully to see it in detail, and based on appearance tell me: which set of new pickups you can best imagine on a guitar of your own? Why?

Black on black design
09/20/2019

Black on black design

What do any of you think of the look of these?
09/20/2019

What do any of you think of the look of these?

Second guitar I built - being fixed by Scott Holyfield at Glaser Instruments - nice work, Scott!!!
09/12/2019

Second guitar I built - being fixed by Scott Holyfield at Glaser Instruments - nice work, Scott!!!

New models out soon. As roughly sketched here in Photoshop, these will add Strat routing fit, and though you can't tell ...
08/31/2019

New models out soon. As roughly sketched here in Photoshop, these will add Strat routing fit, and though you can't tell from looking, a particularly brassy new humbucker tone...

I've finally found a design motif I like for a new design I'm working on - a Strat-footprint RIVET... (I like to sketch ...
08/15/2019

I've finally found a design motif I like for a new design I'm working on - a Strat-footprint RIVET... (I like to sketch stuff like this in Photoshop before I go to CAD.)

GUITAR PICKUPS WITH KICK...How are RIVET's different? The low end is less mushy, and never missing.The mids and highs so...
05/24/2019

GUITAR PICKUPS WITH KICK...

How are RIVET's different? The low end is less mushy, and never missing.The mids and highs soar.

Riff responsibly.

I've been working hard on a new recipe. Simple layout. Several great tones on one guitar. If you're local, give me a sho...
05/17/2019

I've been working hard on a new recipe. Simple layout. Several great tones on one guitar. If you're local, give me a shout and come on by for a sampling from the first batch out of the oven. I bet you'll be surprised that there's something this fresh in the world of pickups.

03/22/2019

Take it, dog...

How do you deal with the fact that major 3rds of chords sound 13% sharp? (Major 3rds are what make major chords sound ki...
03/06/2019

How do you deal with the fact that major 3rds of chords sound 13% sharp? (Major 3rds are what make major chords sound kinda queasy.) How do you cope, or do you even bother?

Yeah, I know I make pickups, but... a few folks have nudged me to build a few more mini "Less Pauls". It so happens that...
02/09/2019

Yeah, I know I make pickups, but... a few folks have nudged me to build a few more mini "Less Pauls". It so happens that one of the most kind artists I ever worked with, Jackson Browne, gave back to me as a gift the mini I built for him 30+ years ago. It's got the same specs as one I made for Eddie Van Halen. No timeline promised, but I've started taking measurements.

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Entirely passive, just magnets and wire, but with new possibilities. It's the traditional electric guitar pickup redesigned.

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A big thanks to our recent guest speaker David Petschulat, owner of Rivet Pickups and a guitar maintenance instructor at Belmont University, who came to talk about the process of designing and building pickups and how they can affect the sound of an instrument.
What happened to your website? It has been down for weeks. I really like your pickups. I installed a pair last year and could not be more impressed. If you need help getting your site back up, I would be happy to help. No charge. Feel free to contact me anytime. I am mainly a designer but I have done a lot of code work and site setup in the past. I hope you guys are ok. I have been looking forward to seeing what you come up with next... or maybe just a new razor blade... hint hint
Can I get a sample set to put in my next build?I'm using seymour duncan invaders on my current build then I don't know what to use. Your pickups would be a nice addition to my snake bite build! How do your pickups compare to SD?