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At the start of the summer, I was contacted by Alex Sorokin of Sorokin Guitars about doing a P90 for his Junior builds. 

The thing that really got me into this project was the near psychotic attention to detail of these guitars, hand made in Canada too. I was pretty excited to collaborate with another Canadian that soaks-in the history and the details of what they were doing in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1950's. 

After some back and forth, I sent some test winds of what I thought he was looking for, some tweaks here and there and another round of winding and testing and I think we nailed it. Alex explained that he's tried nearly every modern pickup available and this was the one. 

The target tone was a 56 LP junior. Open, clear, gritty, fat when it needs to be, articulate, everything you want in a P90. I think this pickup landed right on the edge of just enough. A nice slab of mahogany and a Dog Ear pickup is such a great combination. 

We split the difference between Alex's own  '56 Junior and a '56 owned by a friend of mine....and each of us might explain they're the best sounding guitars they know of. 

Sorokin double cut

The SS90 uses 1018 carbon steel 5-40 Fillister head pole screws, A5 magnets, 42 Plain Enamel wire, a component combination I find works so well for my P90's. 

We took the 9022 and 9077 models as the starting points for where we wanted to go with this pickup. Alex tested both in his guitars, decided the A5 9077 model was what the guitars called for and we went from there.  

Similar to my 9077 model, the SS90 is wound for a bit more push and just a touch more low mids. Just a few more turns than the traditional 10,000.  Hand tensioned into the traverse for my take on a linear, machine wound P90. 

Alex explained that while doing repairs on a '52 Gold Top, he found orange cloth on the hookup wire of the factory P90, an interesting anomaly, so he had Luxe Radio & Musical Instrument Co create that wire and that's what we use on the SS90. 

The orange wire is a detail reserved for Sorokin Guitars only, we'll be using standard issue braided shield with black cloth on non-Sorokin builds. 

The SS90 wind is available as on option on the order page.

SM-15 Fuzz

SM-15 Fuzz

The SM-15 is a modded Tone Bender 1.5 circuit that Jody built for me a while back. It's been my main fuzz and probably my favourite Fuzz that I've ever played.  

We built a few of these for friends of the shop and are putting the rest up for sale in pretty limited quantities. 


I felt compelled to post this on here. I've got a thing for Flying V's..or Flying Greater Than's as we called them in high school. It's pretty crazy to think this is a design they cooked up in 1958. Friend of mine had a V2 in High school, saved his paycheques from working at the Dairy Queen. I think we were all amazed he could afford a $500 guitar, wanted one ever since.....I digress.

I got a pic sent to me a of a pretty cool V with 3 humbuckers and thought it looked good enough to post it on here. I wish it were mine, but I wish they were all mine...or something.

Not sure of the year, reasonably new production. This one is sporting a Model 79 in the bridge and a Model 1812 in the neck. I don't know what the middle pup is. All three sporting Raw Nickel covers.


Wall of Z.

A pic of my current amp setup. I've been a Dr Z user since 2002. Hand wired PtP construction, turret board wiring. Pretty great value for the money if you're looking for made in the USA, hand built amp. 

The Bottom one is a Maz Sr NR Head. I run that into a Z-best 2X12" loaded with a couple 50 Watt Alnicos from Weber VST. A Silver Bell and Blue Dog.

The top head is a 2008 Anniversary RT66. A couple KT66's, an old Mullard EF86 and a GZ34 and Ultra Linear. The RT 66 goes into a Dr Z Airbrake then to Z open back 2x12" with a G12H30 and a Greenback.

Dr Z amps