Billy Gibbons hails innovative ‘wooden’ pickup
It sounds like an unlikely collision between ZZ Top and the Beatles but a new humbucker-sized pickup, designed by boutique maker Cream T for Billy Gibbons, has Norwegian wood at its core.
The GTR-T pickup, designed by Cream T’s Thomas Nilson, superficially resembles Fender’s Wide Range humbucker first fitted to Telecaster Deluxe, Custom and Thinline models from 1971. Nilson’s new design is significantly different, however, featuring beeswax-potted coils, a wooden bobbin core and a hot 8.7k output.
The GTR-T has found favour with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top who has installed a GTR-T at the bridge of his ‘Stoner’ model John Bolin custom guitar, joining Joe Bonamassa in the ranks of top players who have trialled Cream T pickups. The GTR-T is now available in Britain, Cream T report, for around £140.