The curious tale of Epiphone‘s own single-coil pickup, the ‘New Yorker‘

Epiphone 'New Yorker' pickups
(Image credit: Curtis Novak)

Epiphone had been designing electric guitar pickups since the mid-'30s when, in 1949, its efforts culminated in the Spectrum single-coil model. Appearing across the Epiphone range, variations included those with or without adjustable polepieces, gold-plated or nickel-plated covers, and white or black plastic surrounds. 

It was also available as an aftermarket accessory that was mounted to a pickguard unit in both single- and dual-pickup formats for either cutaway or non-cutaway guitars.  

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.