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Tele® & Esquire® Single Coil Bridge Pickups

Huge Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets with tons of mid-range and output for tone that's SO close to a P-90, approximately 11.4k dcr. Everything that applies to a Fat Lion applies to the Huge Lion, only taken up a significant Hefty amount. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Fat Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets for a very bold tone with lots of mid-range, for serious rock and blues, approximately 9.2k dcr. Butter smooth treble that's never shrill, major midrange and good bass end, not best nor meant for twang tone. This is typically used for rock and bluez and pop, and Esquires® that need an increased range of tone. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Nashville Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets, lots of country twang with a hefty dose of mid-range, think "Broadcaster plus", this is the original Cavalier Lion that's quite at home for country, rock, pop and bluez - a classic higher turn count 50's Tele® bridge pickup, about 8.2k dcr. Smooth treble that's hardly shrill, good midrange and some bass end, good fat twang, arguably the most sought after Tele® bridge pup for country and lots of other genres. Black or ivory/parchment wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

51/52 Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A3 rod magnets, the "transitional" pickup. During 1951 and 1952 Leo Fender began phasing out the A3/43AWG Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup by using existing A3 rod magnets along with 42AWG coil wire. Somewhere in 1955/56 that transition ended with the standarized use of A5 rod magnets and 42AWG coil wire. The 51/52 Lion has a bit more midrange than the Nocaster Lion, and plenty of twang, about 7.8k dcr. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Nocaster Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 43AWG over A3 rod magnets, approximately 10k dcr - that original classic earliest vintage 50's Fender® Tele® tone is back and fattened up with a higher turn count to squelch the shrill treble. Twangy, thick, clean, clear, with no ice-pick-in-the-ear. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Bakersfield Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets, plenty o' twang, some mid-range and lotsa treble on tap, yer typical vintage 50's Tele® pup but without the shrill treble, about 6.8k dcr. LOTS of treble tone, some midrange pops out, some bass is recognized, serious twang on tap. This is pretty much a classic Tele® bridge pup where the tone pot can be used to rein in the treble on occasion. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Tele® & Esquire® Tapped Single Coil Bridge Pickups

Twin Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. A single tapped Lion that delivers two voices. Using a push/pull tone pot (with dpdt switch), or a separate spdt or dpdt switch, in your Tele® or Esquire® allows the Twin Lion voice selection, or a 4-way or even 5-way switch can utilized for different pickup voice selections. When ordering a Twin Lion, please use the "Custom Options?" box to specify how you want the pickup to be voiced/tapped - an example of this would be "Bakersfield and Fat Lion" ... but any two of these winds can be ordered - Bakersfield, Nashville, Fat Lion, Huge Lion. Black, or ivory/parchment string wrapped, iron baseplate and supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

The Hydra Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. A double tapped Lion that delivers any three of these Cavalier Lion voices - Bakersfield, Nashville, Fat Lion, or Huge Lion - just specify the three voices you'd like by entering their names in the order "Custom Options?" box. Black, or ivory/parchment string wrapped, iron baseplate and supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

The Ryu Hydra Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. This special pickup uses the same A3 rod magnets and 43AWG coil wire as the Cavalier Nocaster pickup. It's uniquely double tapped with fixed turn count positions that deliver the wide range of typical vintage 1950/1951 Tele®/Esquire® pickup voices that were randomly offered in those guitars. The first tap is that ubiquitous low wind, low output, clear high treble 1950 tone at about 5.5k dcr, the second tap increases the midrange and output at about 7.5k dcr, and the full coil has that "holy grail" thick Nocaster fat treble tone and output at about 10k dcr. Black, or ivory/parchment string wrapped, iron baseplate and supplied with mounting screws and tubing.

Please be advised that each of the cavalier Lion family of bridge pickup models (Bakersfield, Nocaster, 51/52, Nashville, Fat and Huge) will vary in their voice (tone and output) in a scaled manner because their coil wire turn counts correspondingly increase, or decrease, in an approximate 15% to 20% range. How these pickup voicing differences are perceived depends on our individual human hearing, along with all the technical factors of the guitar, any modulation employed, the entire amplification system, and playing volumes ... and therefore, you may not hear much of a difference between adjacent Lion models. As an example, choosing a wider range of treble/mid-range tone and output by selecting the Nashville/Huge Lion will yield instant audible differences between the tapped coil and the full coil.



The Lion Family Pride



All Lions have defaults - AlNiCo mags, wind direction, top polarity, string wrap, baseplate, wax potting - where all can be optioned out to something different.

All Lion pickups come with a separate bridge string ground wire that allows the coil wires to be reversed, and are all Tele 4-way switch ready to hook up.

Lion Tele/Esquire® bridge pickups have a default North top polarity - the South needle of a magnetic compass will point to the top of any Lion pickup. Reverse polarity (South top) is an option at no charge. AlNiCo rod magnets are either flush or slightly above the top, never staggered. All coils are vacuum wax potted by default to greatly minimize micro-phonics, and have steel baseplates. Light wax potting for increased harmonics (and micro-phonics, *and* feedback!) is an option. Bobbins are wrapped in black string as standard - ivory/parchment string is an optional choice. Leads are black, yellow or ivory cloth covered "push up" stranded wire. 6-32 mounting screws and neoprene height rubber tubing included.

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.

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Tele/Esquire Bridge Pickup
Coil String Wap
Coil Potting
Coil Wind Direction & Top Polarity
Custom Options?


Tele® Neck Pickups

The Lion King - The Lion King offers unfettered vintage tone for those wishing the aesthetic look of the Tele® covered neck pickup, with more treble on tap than a typical Tele neck pickup. The thin nickel-silver mirror chrome cover is independently grounded from the coil leads, allowing phase reversal and easy hook up with a 4-way pickup switch. Supplied with body or pickguard mounting screws and height tubing.

The Fat Lion King - The Fat Lion King offers more output and more midrange that its Lion King brother, for those wishing a bolder Tele® neck pickup tone and output. The thin nickel-silver mirror chrome cover is independently grounded from the coil leads, allowing phase reversal and easy hook up with a 4-way pickup switch. Supplied with body or pickguard mounting screws and height tubing.

All Lion King pickups come with a separate cover ground wire that allows the coil wires to be reversed, and are all Tele 4-way switch ready to hook up.




The Lioness - The original Tele® neck pickup was metal covered to attenuate the high end, reduce treble, and offer a more mid-range or baritone sound for rhythm playing and to offer an alternative to lugging around an upright string double bass. Within short order, Fender® invented the Precision Bass, yet still built the Tele® neck pickup with a tone blanketing thick metal cover. The Lioness frees up that great, natural single coil tone that's long been hidden under cold metal. Black tape coil covering, supplied with body or pickguard mounting screws and tubing.

The Fat Lioness - The Fat Lioness offers more output and more midrange that its Lioness sister, for those wishing a bolder Tele® neck pickup tone and output. Black tape coil covering, supplied with body or pickguard mounting screws and tubing.



The Lion King, Fat Lion King, Lioness and Fat Lioness Tele® neck pickups have a default South top polarity - the North needle of a magnetic compass will point to the top of any Lioness or Lion King pickup. Reverse polarity (North top) is an option at no charge. AlNiCo rod magnets are either flush or slightly above the top, never staggered. All coils are vacuum wax potted by default to greatly minimize microphonics. Light wax potting for increased harmonics (and microphonics!) is an option. Lioness pickups are black matte tape wound, both Lion King pickups are covered. Leads are black, yellow or ivory cloth covered "push up" stranded wire. Body mount wood screws or 6-32 pickguard machine screws and height rubber tubing included.

Lion King and Lioness - 43AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 rod magnets, approximately 8k resistance. Fat Lion King - 43AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 rod magnets, approximately 10k resistance.

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.

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Choose your Lion King or Lioness
Coil Potting
Coil Wind Direction & Top Polarity
Mounting Options
Custom Options?



Cavalier Tiger - Strat® pickup, calibrated by positions. Based on 1950's to early 1960's Fender® Strat® designs, the Tiger Strat® pickup set offers classic vintage Strat® calibrated tone and volume for all three Strat® positions. Supplied with covers, pickguard mounting screws and tubing. Also a favorite for the neck position in a Tele®!




Tiger Strat® Trio Pickups Sets ...

50's Tiger Trio - 42AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 magnets, approximately 6.2k, 5.7k, 5.3k resistance.

SRV Tiger Trio - 42AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 magnets, approximately 6.8k, 6.2k, 6.0k resistance.

Bengal Tiger SRV Strat® bridge pickup - want more Strat® bridge output and increased midrange? This Strat® bridge pickup uses taller .781" AlNiCo V rod magnets which allows lots more coil wire turn count, and that turns the bridge position into a smokin' afterburner of fat tone and output! This pickup is an option only for the SRV Tiger Set, or available as a single purchase (see further below). 42AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 magnets, approximately 9.5k resistance.

All Tiger Strat® bridge and neck pickups have a default North top polarity - the South needle of a magnetic compass will point to the top of these Tiger Strat® pickups. The Tiger Strat® middle pickup has a default South top polarity - the North needle of a magnetic compass will point to the top of this Tiger Strat® pickup - this allows for a parallel humbucking mode in the 2 and 4 Strat® pickup select positions. Polarity changes on any Tiger Strat® pickup is an option at no charge. AlNiCo rod magnets are never staggered. All coils are vacuum wax potted by default to greatly minimize mircrophonics. Light wax potting for increased harmonics (and microphonics *and* feedback!) is an option. Leads are black, yellow or ivory cloth covered "push up" stranded wire. 6-32 mounting screws and height rubber tubing included.

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.

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Cavalier Tiger Strat® Pickups
Coil Potting
Pickup Covers
Pickguard Mounting Screws
Custom Options?


Tiger Strat® Single Pickup

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.

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Cavalier Tiger Strat® Pickup
Coil Potting
Pickup Covers
Pickguard Mounting Screws
Coil Wind Direction & Top Polarity
Custom Options?


Cavalier Phoenix Firebird

The Cavalier Phoenix Firebird is a vintage build Gibson® Firebird® mini-humbucker that uses 42AWG coil wire, AlNiCo 5 bar magnets inset into individual mini bobbins, chromed nickel-silver cover, fully vacuum wax potted and fitted with dual conductor shielded lead wire. Supplied with machine mounting screws and height tubing.


The Phoenix Firebird is a perfect neck position complement to most any Tele® bridge pickup. Or, the Phoenix Firebird can be custom wound to your spex and requirements for any guitar position location. It can also be a direct replacement for any existing Firebird® pickup, and can be calibrated for position sensitive output and tone.

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.

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Cavalier Phoenix Firebird
Custom Options?


ELECTRIC P-BASS GUITAR PICKUPS

Cavalier '51 P-Bass - The single coil electric bass pickup that started it all for replacing the double string bass and giving rock and country the kick in the pants it sorely needed. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets for added volume and sweeping range of tone. About 9.5k dcr. Black (default) or ivory string (optional) wrapped, supplied with body mount screws and tubing. (NOTE: for Bronco, Musicmaster, or any pickguard mount bass pickup retrofits, pickguard mounting screws and tubing can be ordered as an option).

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.




Cavalier '57 P-Bass - The next generation P-Bass pickup that's dual coil and humbucking. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets, about 11k dcr. Volume and tone to please the most discriminating P-Bass artist. Supplied with black plastic covers, body mount screws and neoprene cushion height pads.

Shipping for each entire USA order is $7.00 USPS Priority. USPS International 1st Class is $10.00 for Canada and $15 for the rest of planet earth.





All Cavalier bass pickups have a default North top polarity - the South needle of a magnetic compass will point to the top of most pickups. The '57 P-Bass pickup is dual coil with one coil built as RWRP, for series humbucking. Polarity changes on any Cavalier is an option at no charge. All coils are vacuum wax potted by default to greatly minimize mircrophonics. Light wax potting for increased harmonics (and microphonics) is an option. Leads are black, yellow or ivory cloth covered "push up" stranded wire. Black plastic covers for the '57 P-Bass included. Wood mounting screws and height rubber tubing or foam pads included.

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Choose Your Cavalier Bass Pickup
Coil Potting
Single Pickup Coil Wind Direction and Top Polarity
Custom Options?



Cavalier Pickups Build - Cavalier Tele®, Esquire®, Strat®, J-Bass®, '51 P-Bass® and '57 P-Bass® pickups are all built to respective vintage footprint specifications and all will properly fit into Fender® guitars and basses, or any guitars/basses built to Fender® pickup footprint specifications. I hand build all Cavalier pickups with vulcanized fiber board flatware, AlNiCo V or III or II magnets, hand guided 42AWG or 43AWG coil wire using a custom coil winding machine of my own build, with Red Lion infrared trigger and digital counter. The Lion bridge pickup has a steel base plate and its wire coil is wound with cotton string. The Lioness Tele® neck pickup wire coil is covered with black matte tape. The Lion King Tele® neck pickup has a choice of metal covers. All Cavaliers have cloth covered lead wire, and are vacuum wax potted (default). Light wax potting for increased harmonics (and microphonics!) is an option. After the bobbin has been assembled, the pressed-in magnets are further bonded with wicked-in thin CYAnoacrylate super glue for added bobbin strength.

Pickup Polarity and Wind Direction - Unless customer specified, all Lion bridge pickups are wound clockwise and are top North poled (a magnetic compass South needle will point to the pickup's top), the Lioness, Lion King, and Fat Lion King Tele® neck pickups are wound counter-clockwise and are top South poled (reverse polarity, or RWRP, from bridge pickups to allow noiseless parallel humbucking mode when both pickups are selected).

Using a simple magnetic compass to check single coil pickup polarity ...

In the image below, the North needle of the compass points to the top of the Cavalier Lioness Tele neck pickup, showing that pickup as SOUTH top poled ...



In the image below, the South needle of the compass points to the top of the Cavalier Lion Tele bridge pickup, showing that pickup as NORTH top poled ...





As with most vintage style single coil pickups, the pickup height distance between the top of the pickup and the guitar strings is critical to tone - closer to the string for more volume and punch, further away for less volume and more acoustic sweetness.

Special Lion Info - There is no ground lead base plate strap with Lion untapped bridge pickups. All tapped lions - Twin Lion and Hydra Lion - can NOT have their wind direction reversed because their coils are tapped. Included with each untapped Lion is a wired ground washer that slips over any one of the Lion's mounting screws and is soldered to the back of any pot. After putting a Lion mounting screw in the Tele/Esquire® bridge, slip on the wired washer over the screw, then slip on the rubber height adjustment. Without pickup ground strapping, the leads can be swapped within the control cavity to fix any possible phasing issue. ....

Lion Tele/Esquire® bridge pickups have unusually high coil wire turn counts, therefore their tall bobbins are packed full. Take care installing a Lion into its bridge mount, insuring the string wrap and wire beneath it aren't crushed.


WARRANTY - Cavalier Pickups warrants that its products are free from defects in materials and workmanship for LIFE (the original owner), and will repair or replace any part which (under normal installation and use) discloses such defects, if the product is returned to Cavalier Pickups with prepaid shipping charges, and provided that the product, upon examination by Cavalier Pickups, discloses that it is defective. This warranty does not extend beyond the original purchaser, nor to any Cavalier Pickups product which has been damaged by misuse, accident, incorrect wiring, improper installation, use in violation of the instructions, tampering, alteration or repair outside of our domain.

RETURNS - The Cavalier return policy is simple - there is NO return policy, unless there is a verified build defect (see Warranty). However, there is a 30 day swap allowed - return a pickup in both working and visual order, and no shortened leads, for another Cavalier pup of the same value. The fee for this service is $17 (which includes return shipping to you), and $10 for each additional return-for-swap pickup. DO NOT RETURN MERCHANDISE WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING CAVALIER PICKUPS. Communications is everything.


(Note - "Fender", "Tele", "Esquire", "Strat", "P-Bass", "J-Bass" are all copyrights of FMIC)


Cavalier Pickups
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58 Linden Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
201-573-0080
rob@cavalierpickups.com


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