About Us

12-Bar Blue Pickups is a family-owned and operated business based in the USA. We’ve been playing, building and customizing guitars for over 40 years, starting with Dad’s Alvarez and the toy guitar he painted black with flames for the kids. Then there was the custom bodied Jackson high school project with long-haired head banging Metallica fan, Jon.  Looking for a way to install a pickup on a cigar box guitar without cutting a big hole in the face of the instrument, Marshall decided to make his own, one that could slip under the strings.  He kinda went over the deep end.  100 prototypes later, 12-Bar Blues Pickups was born.  Our pickups are now used by artists and builders around the world.
We specialize in magnetic humbucker pickups designed for 6 and 12 string guitars, resonator guitars, banjos, cigar box guitars, mandolins and upright bass – basically any steel stringed instrument.   12-Bar Blues Pickups are known for their rich, complex harmonics of multidimensional tone that is always full and clear. Unlike any other, our pickups are engineered to blend acoustic and electromagnetic tone.  We build the lowest profile pickups in the world (as thin as 2.5 mm) so they can easily slide under the strings of various instruments. We handcraft each pickup to assure the highest possible quality, from our workshop to your beloved instruments. 

Marshall & Jon Hammett