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Bartolini Pickups and Electronics are recognized around the world as the standard in guitar and bass guitar tone with the broadest selection to fit almost any instrument and sound. Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Bartolini builds pickups and electronics for some of the most respected luthiers around the world and also supply to service-oriented retailers who offer upgrades and replacement parts. All our products are 100% USA manufactured and supported. Our mission is to offer superior tone for musicians playing stringed instruments worldwide; for all genres of music. Our comprehensive product line of pickups and electronics can be mixed and matched to express the individuality of any player.
Guitar Pickups– Humbuckers, Strat®, P-90, Jazz, and Acoustic and Now ACE ®Series Guitar Pickups: Alnico-Ceramic! Coming soon: 8-string guitar pickups!
Bass Pickups- J-Bass®, P-Bass®, Music Man®, Soapbars, Rickenbacker® and now Singularity®: Single Coil Soap Bars!
We offer pickups for 4, 5, 6 & 7-string basses
Pre-Wired Harnesses– We offer over 26 different pre-wired harnesses, varying by number and configuration of volume and tone controls, EQ, and active/passive options.
Electronic Modules– Pre-Amps, 2-Band & 3-Band Equalizers, & Buffers
Company HistoryIn 1973 Bill Bartolini began manufacturing magnetic pickups after 11 years of part-time research in the acoustics of nylon string instruments, speaker cabinets, power amplifiers and polyphonic pickups. During his first year, he made only quadraphonic and hexaphonic (Hi-A label) pickups (now retired).
In 1975 we brought out our first monophonic designs under the Hi-A label. In 1978 we discontinued the Hi-A label. From the beginning, and always in response to the needs of many excellent musicians, we have continued to expand our catalog of pickups and electronics.
In 1975 we introduced square-wave magnetic pulse testing for magnetic pickups, expanding upon our description of the impedance curve for these pickups. Shortly afterwards we introduced the mechanical string picker to the field of pickup testing.
In 1977 we introduced the first electronic (preamplified) pickup with parametric bandpass enhancement (the EVQ). These pickups were also some of our earliest hum canceller designs in large humbucker size. The EVQ and related designs were discontinued later as our on-board preamps began to provide wider tonal range and more versatile application.
Toward the end of 1980 we started manufacturing vertical hum canceller designs such as our 3AV acoustics, 3XV Fender Strat* replacements and 9V J-Bass* replacements. Shortly afterward we introduced the 94J, our quadraphonic for J-Basses*.
In 1981 we brought out our Laminated Core humbuckers, adding the choice of upper mid-range enhancement to the smoother response of our previous designs. In the next year, after extensive experimentation with the sound requirements of several New Wave and Heavy Metal guitarists, we developed a pickup specifically tailored for power guitar tone (these developed into the E88, E90 and E90-D series) and a distortion effect (the Tube-It) that was appreciated by many musicians at that time.
With our roots firmly in mind, in 1982 we presented the results of our experiments with Classic and Flamenco guitars at a meeting of the Catgut Acoustical Society in DeKalb, Illinois. These results and many other scientific inquiries into the acoustics of guitars and violins were then published in the Journal of Guitar Acoustics**. We continued the work on nylon string instruments with an electronic device capable of controlling the attack, decay and tonal characteristics of solid body instruments to duplicate the sound of the best acoustic instruments.
In 2012, Clyde Clark became President of Bartolini Inc. We operate a state of the art manufacturing facility in San Luis Obispo, California. We continue to computerize quality control and test departments as well as our component selection.
January 23, 2014, Introduction of the NTMB+. It is a 3-band pre-amp module in a single low-profile package, as opposed to the previous NTMB/918 assembly that was comprised of two modules.
April 4, 2014, Bartolini is pleased to announce Dana B. Goods as exclusive US distributor of the complete Bartolini product line, including pickups, pre-wired harnesses, and electronics modules.
In 2015, Introduction of two new products including ACE Series Guitar Pickups: Alnico-Ceramics based pickups for that hot legendary voice you want in an electric guitar with the tonal balance you get from ceramics. Also introduced Singularity: Single Coil Bass pickups for musicians with soap bar style pickups who want that that voice you normally see in J-Bass style instruments.
“Bartolini is taking it up an Octave” –Clyde Clark
Clyde Clark is President of Bartolini Inc.
– – Engineer, Woodworker & Luthier, Musician, Businessman – –
Clyde has been a successful business manager and an engineer for over 20 years in high-tech digital and analog electronics design and development. He has in-depth experience with mechanical engineering, industrial design, manufacturing engineering, computer system architecture, project team development, and management.
He is an inventor with multiple patents.
He has a BS in Electronics Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO, with a minor in music recording and synthesis.
Clyde ran a wood-working and cabinet shop called Custom Pride Woodworks.
He is a Luthier – Bass and guitar parts, repairs, finishing
He is a Musician – Guitarist & Bass Player