Cream T Aurora Standard 2PS review

Give a rockstar a pencil and what do you get? A Cream T guitar! Co-designed by the legend that is Billy F Gibbons and made in the UK, the Aurora is here. But can it light up the sky?

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

Guitar World Verdict

For anyone who enjoys the subtleties of vintage-voiced instruments, you’ll have a field day here. And instead of buying different guitars, you might well find that your ‘new’ guitar lies just a pair of pickups away, even if you have no idea what a soldering iron is.


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    Excellent design and build.

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    Quality hardware.

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    Cream T pickups, pickup swapping and superb sounds.


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    Not everyone will get the relatively austere appearance balanced against the price.

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Earlier in the year we reported on the birth of this new guitar company, Cream T Guitars. If you missed that Blueprint feature in issue 477, here’s a recap. In brief, Norwegian pickup-maker-to-the-stars Thomas Nilsen joined forces with Tim Lobley, the owner of Sound Affects in Ormskirk, to restart his pickup-making business in the UK. 

As regular readers will know, Thomas has a unique take on pickup design, scanning pickups from old ’Bursts and the like via his Oracle Pickup Scanner and replicating them. The Cream T Whiskerbuckers, for example, are scanned from Billy F Gibbons’ fabled ‘Pearly Gates’; the Bernie Buckers are from Bernie Marsden’s almost-as-famous ‘Beast’. 

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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.