Lollar Unveils Staple Pickup

A modern interpretation of Gibson's famed pickup from the 1950s.

Tacoma, WA (August 3, 2016) -- “It was the mid-80s,” Jason Lollar recalled. “Someone loaned me an original late-‘50s Les Paul Custom for a gig. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with the sound of the original P-90 staple pickup. We modified the design of the original Gibson P-90 staple pickup so it fits most soapbar routes with no modification to the guitar. Though the design is updated, I voiced it to sound just like the legendary Les Paul Staple pickup that was loaned to me.”

Unlike Lollar's alnico pole P-90 pickups that use round pole pieces and sound very "Fendery," their new Staple pickup uses rectangular shaped pole piece magnets. The Staple's tone is midway between that splashy harmonic-laden Fender tone and the more liquid and woody sounding Gibson P-90 tone. Lollar’s staple has a punchier attack with more clarity to the overtones than a typical P-90.

Lollar's Staple pickup uses hand-beveled, alnico 5, non-adjustable pole pieces; 42 gauge coil wire; approximately 8.2K Ohms DCR; and it's available with black, cream or white soapbar covers. It is recommended for the neck position and comes in soapbar style only. USA retail price is $145.

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Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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