Due to the overwhelming popularity of these pickups (And the fact that there’s only little ol’ me here to make the things), the waiting list for Sovereign pickups has temporarily been closed whilst I catch up with current orders and source more parts.
Once the waiting list is back open, it will be announced on this page
Based on the legendary Tri-Sonic pickup, these modern replicas are built to closely match the characteristics of the pickups used on Brian May’s Red Special guitar.
Wound and assembled using the same style of construction as the 1960’s originals, together with custom-made Isotropic Ceramic magnets, these are a much closer specification alternative to currently available mass-produced commercial alternatives.
Using a non-ferrous baseplate on the neck pickup reduces the inductance to contribute to that May tone, especially when using the neck and middle pickups out-of-phase (Think ‘first solo on bohemian Rhapsody’).
The ‘Standard’ pickups feature;
– Cotton-wrapped home-spun air coils
– Custom 2-piece Isotropic Ceramic magnets per pickup
– Textured rubber insert
– Chromed brass covers engraved with YB Sovereign logo
– Steel bases (Bridge and Middle pickups)
– Low-inductance base (Neck pickup)
– Middle pickup Reverse Polarity & Reverse Wound
– Double wax potted to reduce microphonics
Built to order, these pickups are available either ‘Standard’ (Specification given above) in both “Modern” and “Vintage” styles, or with several customisation options to make them truly your own.
Overseas customers are advised that they will be responsible for the payment of any and all import tariffs, taxes, duties, customs clearance and deferment charges according to local rates and rules. For clarification, we strongly advise customers to contact the relevant customs authorities in their country of residence.
Modern or Vintage styles.
What’s the Difference?
The coils and magnets are the same across both versions. The difference only relates to the covers and bases.
The Modern covers are taller than the Vintage ones. The Vintage covers are made to replicate the dimensions of the 1960s Tri-Sonics, with slightly larger holes and thinner brass.
The Vintage bases also have shorter legs and the six ‘rivet holes’ of the 1960s.
Together, these differences result in overall height of ~11mm for the Vintage style pickups, compared to ~15mm for the Modern style.
(Modern left, Vintage Right)
What are the Sovereign Pickups Like?
To see some of my Sovereign pickups in action, there are two people who are currently using them and regularly posting their recordings on the Internet.
First is Thomas Brunkard, who has a set fitted to his converted ‘transition model’ Brian May Guitars Special. Take a look at some of his videos on his YouTube channel;
A demonstration of the Yonderbosk Sovereign pickups by Thomas Brunkard
The pickups are fitted to a converted BMG/Burns ‘transition’ Red Special, and played through AmpliTube
Also using a prototype set of custom gold-cased Sovereigns is Danny Gomez. Take a look at his Instagram page, where he uses a converted Baby Blue BMG Special, alongside one of my BC149 Treble Boosters;
Below are just some of the many customisation options available to
make the pickups truly your own
(Additional charges may apply for customised builds)
Gold Coloured Covers
Gold-coloured chrome finish on standard brass covers
Custom engraving of your own company, name, or pretty much anything you want†
Winding to a specified DCR? Different magnets? Alternative covers? Don’t want a low-inductance baseplate on the neck? Let’s talk!
†Some exclusions apply.
For example, there’s no way I’ll be putting ‘ADESON’, ‘BMG SUPER’ or Brian May’s signature on a set of these for anyone, no matter how much you ask!