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Until August 31 I grant a discount of 20% on the pickup prices. I will consider your order until that date under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The shop is closed from September 1 on until the end of the year. I will focus on studies. Orders can not and will not be taken in that period.


August 19, 2015: Proudly presenting "SIXTUS guitar pickups"

Our new brand of pickups is especially designed as add-on pickups for electric guitars and resonator guitars. Just like the Original Flatpup for cigar box guitar pickups, SIXTUS pickups are flat & top mount... outside the box!

3Check out the new site at www.sixtus-pickups.com


August, 2015: New look for Flatpup minibar pickups

The pre-series is 3D-printed, which is visible if you look closely. The main series of Flatpup minibar guitar pickups will be injection molded.


April, 2015: Another dimension

The classic Flatpup is as wide and broad as a common humbucker. Now we developped a new Flatpup with a reduced width: 20% less width! The output was also raised. Now comes the testing to get a reliable impression of sound characteristics. And of course, that new thingy will get a proper name...


March, 2015: Flatpup making history

Still overwhelmed - The Vienna Technical Museum accepted Flatpup pickups as exhibits for their musical instruments collection. Fricken awesome that is!


Jan, 2015: Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best regardless which year we count!

This year we roll on at a feasibly low production rate. We are no fabric, nor a business unit condemned to grow. We are diy guys who make stuff like that, check out my diy winder with automatic wire feed:


Dec, 2014: Flatpup Magnetic Zither pickup

It's long. Loooong. The pickup is put under the steel strings and is immediately ready to play. I used it on my Grandma's 32-string zither from mid 1920s. Check out the details <here>

 


Feb 17, 2014: Flatpup for archtop guitars 

Flatpup 6 MR-C with polished brass covers, embedded into curved mounting rings.

A super flat humbucker-pickup for arched tops and LP style guitars.

Due to the convincing concept of the Flatpup guitar pickups, I was approached to enter a cooperation with another pickup provider. As part of our agreement I shared my know-how with Dan Sleep from Humidor guitars. We are now both producing and offering our own pickups independently, but based on the same Flatpup principle. I think this will vitalize the market :-)


Jan 25, 2014: New Year, new provider

Due to the convincing concept of the Flatpup guitar pickups, I was approached to enter a cooperation with another pickup provider. As part of our agreement I shared my know-how with Dan Sleep from Humidor guitars. We are now both producing and offering our own pickups independently, but based on the same Flatpup principle. I think this will vitalize the market :-)


Dec 4, 2013: The year is almost done

Many thanks for having visited my site or for having purchased one - or more! - of my pickups. This year was great! I saw so many guitars running on Flatpups. The best thing is the warm and friendly way in dealing with each other.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the holidays and the upcoming 2014!


October 22, 2013: break in October

The shop is closed in October to focus on other things of personal interest. - Rock on!


September 24, 2013: Flatpup 6 "Vienna" art déco now modified

  • more accurate new stamping jig
  • displays a slightly elliptic dotted pattern for a better optical integration into archtop guitars
  • optional dog-ears with 1+2 mounting holes for flexible height adjustment
  • developped as neck pickup

 

more...


 August 26, 2013: Flatpup "Griddies"

   

Especially designed for resonator guitars with metallic body


August 22, 2013: Speeding up production

   Simple rubber rings as bobbin edges reduce the preparation time.

June 18, 2013: Gift-a-buddy offer week!

Buy two Original Flatpup pickups for yourself and get a free one for a buddy! Conditions:

  • Valid for orders between June 24 until June 30, 2013.
  • The offer exclusively refers to Flatpup pickups either (1) without frame, or (2) with wooden frame or (3) the Bullion version in plain brass housing.
  • The free Flatpup pickup for your buddy is of the same kind as the two pickups which you ordered for yourself.
  • The free pickup is for your buddy. Not for yourself, your Mom or someone else who passes it back to you ;-)
  • When paypalling the money, please indicate both your address and the shipping address of your buddy.
  • The prices for the pickups are as quoted on this site.
  • The shipping fee is only charged for your pickups. Your buddy's free pickup will be sent free of charge!

June 17, 2013: Expanding!

In response to my limited production capacity, Original Flatpup has entered into a cooperation with Trash Design Manufaktur in Vienna, Austria. Their business is to upcycle consumer scratch to design objects. Also their man labour is upcycled: Former jobless persons - like myself - proove their skills in creating trash design objects.

 

Up to now, the other goods of Trash Design Manufaktur are only marketed within the EU.


May/June, 2013: Sound engineering

Together with a guitar sound enthusiast we spent many hours in investigation. The Flatpups were a lucky punch the way they are, but it's about time to dig a bit deeper. We luckily have identified the factors which made the Flatpups for 6 or more string guitars to thin and twangy at the bridge position. As a result, a new iron core was tested, which turned out to be excellent. A small series of Flatpup 6 is currently being prepared to verify the first impressions.


May 6, 2013: Limited production

I am overwhelmed by the very good customer feedback and the growing demand for Flatpups of all kind - THANK YOU!

Nevertheless, this is still a hobby with limited time. Furthermore, I have to follow a sales limit by the authorities. This means that from the beginning of each month I can accept orders until my sales limit is reached.


April, 2013: Next innovation - Pole shade magnets to adjust the volume of the b and e-string on phosphor-bronze string sets

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February 19, 2013 - Time off

The shop is open again in May. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience.


January 7, 2013: New "Flatpup" magnetic pickup for violins submitted as patent!

more...


December 11, 2012: Season end

I want to thank you guys who have bought one or more Flatpups since they came out in March 2011. It's quite a bunch of guitars that run on Flatpups! I'm sorry to announce the shop is closed till the end of the year.

Meanwhile, enjoy Christmas with your family and friends and whoever is in your company. I'm building up stock to be prepared for your orders in January. Please feel free to make a reservation for January 2013, send a message to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merry Christmas!


November 3, 2012: Showcase at TEDx Vienna "Instanity"

(foto: derstandard.at)


October 16, 2012: The Flatpup presented in the German Grand Guitars Magazine!

Both online and in the print version

http://www.grandguitars.de/news/artikel/flatpup_pickups.html


October 15, 2012: Flatpup beer can pickup


October 14, 2012: The first etched Brass Flatpup!

artistic salt-water etched and patinated housings for the Flatpup guitar pickups


September 20, 2012: The first "Vienna" art déco brass covers


September 18, 2012: Break.

Due to the recent sales volume and limitted time, the next orders can be accepted from October on. If you would like to make a reservation, please just contact me.


August 11, 2012: New frame design

The new standard frame is black and rectangular. And it's not necessarily cut from cigar boxes.


August 1, 2012: After a break in July, the webshop is open again.


June 27, 2012: Flatpups without frame - the "Bare" version


June 28, 2012: Flatpup-presentation at the Acoustic Research Institute in Vienna

It's a great honour to present the Flatpup to engineers and scientists at the Acoustic Research Institute, an institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. I'm looking forward to the discussion and innovative ideas that might develop....


June, 2, 2012 Exhibition together with Brigitte Radeschnig

at the Café Horizont, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna


June 1, 2012: Open day Exhibition at the Trash Design Manufaktur, Vienna

Artistic design objects made of trash.... just the right place to show our Klangbox Guitars with Flatpup pickups.

Vogtgasse 29, 1140 Vienna


May 16, 2012: Flatpup featured at Guitarworld.com

Check out How to build a smokin' Cigar box guitar part 4 by Brian Saner (Sanercigarboxguitars.com). That's big!


May 5, 2012: New pickup system for violins developped, now running tests.


April 17, 2012: Flatpup n° 200 wound today


April 10, 2012: New Flatpup 5 for five string instruments such as banjos now available


February 24, 2012: Happy first birthday, Flatpup! In the past year, 160 Flatpups have been produced.


 January 2012: www.original-flatpup.com goes online