“Twisted Heywood” Tele Pickups – Handcrafted by Hoagland Custom


GREAT “Twisted Heywood” Tele handcrafted pickups…   


Hoagland Custom is a guitar custom shop located in Columbus, Ohio. We are a DIY based shop, that is, we carry a TON of parts and tools for the do-it-yourselfer.

This is a custom-wound, handcrafted set of two (2) “Twisted Heywood” Telecaster pickups.

The problem with Tele neck pickups is that they tend to sound “muddy” and, the lower the quality of pickup, the muddier they sound. That is partially due to their neck position placement and, partially, due to the elements of their construction.

Differences between a Tele neck pickup & a Strat neck pickup:

  • The Tele neck has a shorter coil than a Strat
  • The Tele neck uses a thinner coil wire (43ga) than a Strat (42ga)
  • The Tele neck has less winds of coil wire on it than the Strat pickup
  • The Tele neck uses different magnet heights than a Strat – Tele neck pickups are flush with the top of the bobbin, that is, all the same height. Strat pickups magnets are staggered, that is, differing heights. This is done by the Strat pickup builder to accentuate the tone from some strings and retard the tone from others resulting in that signature Strat tone.
  • The Tele neck has a metal cover (either brass or nickel/silver, that tends to attenuate (bleed to ground) highs making it sound “muddy”. The Strat neck has a plastic cover offering no effect on the pickup.


  • ~ Neck –wound to 7.8k with raised D & G alnico 5 polepieces – no cover (better highs!)
  • ~ Bridge – wound to 9.4k with raised D & G alnico 5 polepieces
  • ~ Wax-potted to eliminate squealing & microphonics
  • ~ Vintage-style, cloth-covered leads
  • ~ Handcrafted with all “Made in the USA” parts (bobbins in North Carolina, magnets in Arkansas, pickup wire in Wisconsin, lead wire in New York)

There are a lot of variables that go into creating, or recreating a tone. While each item in your signal chain is important, no one item will do the job. Pickups, along with the way your guitar is wired, are probably the most important parts in your signal chain. Changing out the pickups/wiring has the biggest impact on your sound. If you are looking for a better-than-stock-Fender tone, THIS is where you start.

Premium quality pickups that are wound when you order them. We can custom-tailor the winding or the types of magnets to any spec that you’d like.

These pickups are handcrafted by Hoagland Custom and wound specifically FOR YOU. They are NOT “off-the-shelf” pickups. They are NOT relabeled imported pickups. We make these in our shop and they are the highest quality pickups you can buy made from 100% American made parts.

While all of our pickup & wiring solutions are built to be installed rather easily by most do-it-yourself’rs, we always recommend that you have a guitar professional at your local guitar shop install them for you.

Contact Hoagland Custom with any questions regarding these handcrafted Hoagland Custom pickups, or any other guitar wiring solution that you might need.

Additional information

Weight 1.6 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 3 in