Cream T Aurora Custom V2 review – a stunning Tele-meets-Gibson design with easy pickup swapping: is this the future of electric guitars?

Cream T’s fledging guitar line-up was upended earlier this year, but now its core model, the Aurora, is back, and with it, its radical pickup swapping feature

Cream T Aurora Custom V2
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Unlike a conventional fixed‑pickup guitar, you can instantly swap or mix ’n’ match units depending on your needs or your gig. Whatever route you choose, this really is a very valid design that’s well priced for its quality, not to mention innovation. A class act!


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    Smartly made.

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    Light weight.

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    Improved pickup-swapping mounts.

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    Tasty new Cream T humbuckers.

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    An excellent player.


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    Fingerboard edges feel a little square.

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    Not everyone will enjoy that acoustic-style headstock or the flattened body base.

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As we’ve documented throughout this year, the UK’s guitar manufacturing scene has seen plenty of change. When UK Guitar Builders (UKGB) closed its doors early in the year, it left Cream T without a manufacturing base for its innovative and pretty new Aurora and Crossfire models – both employing that instant pickup-swapping feature licensed from Relish Guitars in Switzerland.

Many will know Cream T as a pickup maker, of course, and that continued apace throughout at its Ormskirk base, even though original founder, Thomas Nilsen, left the building to pursue more bespoke pickup designs. It’s been a time of change all round, for sure.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.