In 2014, Johnny Winter teamed up with Mojotone to recreate his iconic sound with is signature Firebird pickup.
Based on his original Firebird pickups, these utilize the same exact materials and specs using aged cast Alnico magnets, vintage spec 42 gauge wire, and a steel reflector plate. We carefully balanced the neck and bridge pickups for more even output and response between all positions.
We took the original vintage Firebird specs a step further with our own winding recipe to bring out a much broader frequency response and dynamic range with more output and sustain.
Johnny was proud of these beautiful sounding pickups and wanted to share his legendary tone with the world. Mojotone is honored to release his long desired signature pickups.
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Read the TONE REPORT review on the Johnny Winter Signature Firebird pickups Here
Name: Randy Rating: 5
null I work at Hill Country Guitars in Autstin, Tx; and we had a '63 Firebird roll through that needed a re-wind for the neck pickup, and these guys at Mojotone did an absolutely splendid job on that neck pickup, especially for these not very easy to duplicate pickups. So when it came to my personal favorite '91 Firebird, I decided to trust their ability, and Johnny Winter's judgement of what they were capable of. Not quite what I was expecting or wanting, but a pleasant surprise. I ordered these just wanting something better than the stock ceramic magnet "Firebird" pickups in my '91 V, and boy did they help! A bit cleaner than I expected or was wanting (esp. coming off an exceptionally dark and dirty set compared to others that I pulled from my guitar), but WOW.... major improvement!! These have so much more clarity, that special "sweetness" that only '63 and '64 Firebirds have, and are much more dynamic. Cleans are truly EPIC. you've gotta hear it to believe it, particularly though a well-known clean amp such as a Fender Twin, Deluxe Reverb, Ampeg, Music Man, or modern Magnatone. Middle position is such a beautiful sound, I hardly know how to describe it. If you wire it out-of-phase (as I accidentally did initially) or put a phase switch in, you'd be amazed the dynamic tones you have at you fingertips based on subtle volume & tone knob changes, and picking dymamics and location changes. Do Jimmy Page-esqe, Peter Green-ish, Molly Hatchet's cover of Allman Bros "Dreams", Gregg Allman-ish tones, whatever you want. In-phase, its one of the sweetest things you'll ever hear in any iteration. Definitely hear Johnny at times in an almost eerie sense. Neck position is OVER THE TOP FANTASTIC!!!! Amazing clean, dirty, and even fuzz tones, and just wait 'till you grab a bottle neck or brass pipe.... that sweet slide sound you hear in your head, thanks to Johnny and Muddy Waters is in SPADES. Bridge position is far more balanced than any vintage (or even some non-vintage and modern) Firebirds output-wise, and is a bit like an angry tele without quite as much bass. Still has that Firebird "sweetness" and rock'n'roll "edginess", all at once. Think Edgar Winter's "Free Ride", and the bridge pickup nails the lead tone 100% through a reasonably dirty amp, neck and mid positions get close to the main riff, at least in my Firebird. You definitely hear Johnny's influence in voicing these, but they will get you very close, and in some ways better, to what a real vintage Firebird can get you. I use them in my guitar mainly for cleans, but its become my recording/studio surprise guitar. Any time I need a track that is just a tad different, but mostly what you want to hear, it'll nail it or get really close. Or when I need a Tele that's not quite a tele, its typically the weapon! Its now my favorite left field guitar!
Name: David poirier Rating: 5
Well worth the time and money Great sounding pickups - huge improvement over stock.!! I am not sure why Gibson puts super hot ceramic pickups in the Firebirds, but they sound nothing like they should.
These (especially) with a proper harness transform the instrument into what it should be.
Name: Matt Rating: 5
null I put these in a 2016 Firebird T, and they're exactly what I was looking for -- bright, brash, very articulate, but not harsh or overly scooped. Pretty much the ideal mid-point between a Tele-style single-coil and full-size humbucker. The tone controls are actually useful now. I also find that the dynamics are really BIG and what's more, the low strings don't get muddy, even using very heavy gauges or detuning. The neck and bridge are easy to balance in output level, unlike a lot of Firebird pickups.
These pickups aren't just for blues, they have a stunning, shimmery clean sound and can deliver pretty aggressive rock tones as well, with biting clarity.
Name: Bob Mosher Review Date: 4/10/2016 7:21 pm Rating: 5
null I bought a set of the Johnny Winter Firebird pickups for my 2002 FB V and all I can say is AMAZING! I listened to the video demo and I bought them based on the sound / tone that I heard in the demo.
I also had my Firebird's pots, selector switch and caps changed out as well and the guitar took on a new direction. I have owned 6 Firebirds since 1999 and they all had the same problem, the ceramic pickups were too hot and they all had the dreaded ice pick characteristic. If the Johnny Winter pickups had been available several years ago, I could have saved myself a ton of money.
It has been said that the Winter pickups give off a "Telecaster on steroids" tone and this is true but I find them to be much more than that. My pickups are very balanced, measuring 6.89 K at the bridge and 6.24K at the neck. I play through a Dr Z Maz 18 and I use an OCD and Hoochee Mama for my overdrive needs and the neck pickup gives a very smooth, "woman tone" sound that is fabulous for playing blues. The neck pickup has a nice edge to it and it cleans up nicely when I roll back the volume knob.
I am totally blown away from the sound of these pickups and the next time I want to make a pickup change, I will look at Mojotone first.