Few pickups have engaged listeners in as lively debate as those in the Peter Green/Gary Moore/Melvyn Franks, et. al./Kirk Hammett 1959 Gibson Les Paul, known affectionately by many as “Greeny” and by others as the Holy Grail of Guitardom. The 3 neck-breaks aside, this Les Paul has had its share of ups and downs and the owners have not fared all that much better. The mystery surrounding the haunting OOP (Out Of Phase) nasality has gained it mythical status in the lore and that is what makes these pickups so very special.
Legend has it that the pickup was on the fritz and Peter sent it to a well-respected London repairman for servicing. When the guitar was returned there was something funky going on when engaging both pickups together, and while Peter wasn’t very happy with it at first, it soon grew into his hallmark sound and the stuff of legends. Other players (such as T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Page) took advantage of the unique sound OOP pickups offered, but none gained them the notoriety that they afforded Peter Green while playing with the Fleetwood Mac. Whether these pickups were intentionally or unintentionally 1) wired backwards, 2) used the wrong kind of wire, 3) installed the magnet incorrectly, 4) used a newer more powerful magnet or 5) all or some of the above, has been debated in user forums ad nauseum, and there is no sign of the debate letting up. We extensively tested every possible scenario and came up with what we believe is the ultimate Greeny Pickup… we use Formvar Wire (which was never used in Les Paul pickups) wound in reverse (which was not possible on the winding machines used by Gibson in the late 50s) to bring to you what we feel is the perfect sounding Manalishi. If you’d like us to use the PE wire used by Gibson we can do that. If you’d like us to wire it normally and flip the magnet we can do that, too. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority and your wish is our command. If you are looking for those haunting tones that only Peter Green dished up... look no further!
Neck Out Of Phase Option