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Ever wonder what makes a great pickup?
It’s one of those questions that’s likely to get a hundred different answers. But, take the world’s most expensive pickup and place it alongside one of the world’s cheapest, and you won’t see a major difference in the way they’re made.
So it’s down to the sound, right? - Right.
IronGear Pickups are designed with great sound in mind, made from quality materials, and built in professional facilities, by people who really know how to build pickups.
So that means they sound good, right? - Not necessarily.
There are plenty of “big-name” pickups, some of which carry considerable reputations, and high price tags, that sound mediocre to our ears. But at IronGear Pickups, if it doesn’t sound good to us, then we don’t sell it.
We believe that quality pickups, that sound brilliant, don’t have to cost a fortune. And, we’re so confident in the quality of our pickups, that we offer a lifetime guarantee with every pickup we sell.
IronGear Pickups bring world-class pickups at incredibly low prices!

We'd put these pickups up against any pickup, from any manufacturer - but don't take our word for it - check out the soundclips & read the customer feedback!

You'll find loads more information over at the IronGear website, but you can find the full range here at Axetec now!
The IronGear Philosophy
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What customers are saying:-

"Amazing amount of help both times I have ordered from Axetec, both times being IronGear pickups, the first being Dirty Torque/Blues Engine to go in my USA Jackson, fantastic pickups, anything from Classic Rock to Metal, beautiful cleans as well, they replaced Seymour Duncans, the difference is night and day.
The second was a set of Hot Slags in my Gibson SG, I replaced the stock pickups with Dimarzio Tone Zone bridge, Air Norton neck, I struggled to get the classic rock tone from these, in went the Slags, instantly I have AC/DC, Gary Moore and ZZ Top without any problems, anyone else who is struggling with how cheap IronGear pickups are, forget it, I will never put anything else in any of my guitars again, Keith is a fountain of knowledge and a true gentleman." - Steve, Gainsborough

“Just wanted to say a couple of words about your Platinum 90 pickup. I installed it in the bridge of my Gibson Melody Maker and have lived with it for a few months now and am really happy with the results. It’s an extremely smooth and balanced pickup, with a lovely sweet high end, and so responsive to volume roll off-and pick dynamics. I’ve got a collection of some really nice, high end pickups from the likes of Tim White, WCR, Shed plus the usual Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio and I have to say hearing the Platinum 90 has made me resent the amount I’ve spent on other pickups over the last few years.” – Matt, Basildon

"Great service/great product and I love the 'Blues Engines' they've brought my Epi Dot to life!...thanx Axetec" - Steve, Edinburgh

“I would just like to say how astonished I am at the Steel Twin. I have one in conjunction with a standard Telecaster neck pickup and the balance between soft overtones and unbridled power is simply amazing. The coil tap also allows the guitar to scream like a hot Tele should! Thanks a lot for a great pickup at a great price!” - Dan Hawkes, Staffs

“hello, I just wanted to drop ya a line to let u know how amazed and happy I am with the bridge and neck Hammer Head pickups I recently purchased! I fitted both humbuckers to my Jackson Dinky, the difference in tone and power was a joy to behold!! never again will I go back to using Seymour Duncan pups!” – Paul, Chesterfield

“I am always fairly sceptical about reading reviews of products, but the comments left about your pickups are right. I replaced the humbucker in my poor old first guitar, a £75 Strat copy, with an Alchemist 90, and the tone has changed dramatically. I am very impressed with the response and punch this pickup offers, and it fits in nicely with the other single coils. It sounds fantastic, and completely within my budget. Keep up the good work! Thanks.” - Ben, Birmingham

“Steel Foundry - what difference from the stock "fuzzy" pickup sound. Although I wasn't particularly unhappy with the sound of the guitar I was persuaded to upgrade due to the previous testimonials and the very reasonable prices. I'm just disappointed I didn't do it before. I now realise just how fuzzy the previous pickup was when distorted slightly and how flat the clean sound was. I can't put the guitar down now.
To all Squier guitar owners out there who have stock pickups but aren't sure whether it's worth upgrading. Try these pickups, you won't be disappointed. I'm sorry but I really like my Squiers. The pickups is one area where they definitely cut corners. These IronGear pickups are great value for money that really enhance the sound of the guitar and, in terms of quality, far outstrip the price tag. Fellow Squier owners will know about value for money - these tick all the boxes. Do yourself a favour and get some!” – Ken, Edinburgh

"I put in the Pig Irons this weekend to replace my Lace sensors and combined with my Hot Rails the tone I am now getting is spot on... In all fairness they have far exceeded my expectations and I really did not expect them to be as close to the likes of Texas Specials as they are. For that price they really cannot be beaten and I am absolutely over the moon." – Mark, Ilkeston

“I wanted to improve a cheap Squier Strat I bought to use with a "pub" band (I never owned a Strat and the material really needed one). So I bought a Pig Iron for the bridge as an experiment - at £18.90 it seemed worth the risk. It was the cheapest I could find, and the user feedback and sound clips convinced me. What a revelation!!! Beautiful clean tone, responsive, and almost no noise. So I just had to get the other 2 pickups - I couldn't stand the other Squier pickups - coarse-sounding and noisy. I can now do Marvin, Gilmour, Rea, Greeny, Clapton, Hendrix and the rest (with a little help from a Zoom GFX-4 pedal). This is now my favourite all-purpose guitar after 40 years of playing, and by far the cheapest!!! I recommend IronGear and Axetec to anyone wanting to get more out of any guitar - if in doubt about anything, email Keith who responded immediately with very helpful setup advice. Thanks!” - Mick, South Wales

“Having been very impressed with my recent purchase of Rolling Mills installed in my Love Rock, I thought I’d give the Pig Irons a go in my Mex Std Strat. My other Strat has a SD hot rail in the bridge and a DM FS1 at the neck (I tend to play predominantly in positions 1 & 5 on this guitar) but I wanted this guitar to retain classic Strat aesthetic with but with improved tone. 24hr delivery again…fitted on Friday evening! They are a massive improvement on the stock pickups, they are more powerful but more importantly deliver that Strat tone, smooth, sweet but warm, clear almost bell like in every position. What I have found is that I’m using my pickup selector a lot more as they are so well balanced and the out of phase positions (2 & 4) are wonderful (so buy a set rather than single pickups). I’m especially impressed with the bridge pickup, which IMHO is the hardest to get right with a single coil unit and why I’ve previously gone for a single coil sized humbucker. It’s great, strong warm and smooth really delivers those pinch harmonics, they really sing! Just a little compression/sustain and it more than satisfies my critical ear.” - Stuart, West Yorkshire

“Thank you for the quick delivery of my order, I have fitted the Pickups (Neck & middle Pig Iron and an Alchemist 90) to an Old Sunn Mustang Strat copy (I have replaced the original Bridge Humbucker with the Alchemist) a bit of an unusual setup !! What a difference in sound! I did expect an improvement but the change is remarkable, all the classic Strat sounds are there plus that extra something that P90’s seem to have. The Electric kit was first rate too!! I would no hesitation in recommending your pick ups. By the way the strings are pretty good too!" – John, Hull

What can I say...?!? The Steam Hammers are just... well... PERFECT. All the time I've been building this guitar (it's my third scratch-build, but my first "proper" attempt) I've been trying to imagine what it should sound like. With the Steam Hammers in place, it matches the sound I've been hearing in my head for the last few weeks. I'm a bit of a fan of the "controlled big and dirty" (Vai, Satriani) sound that you can only get with quality pickups. My wife said I had the biggest, silliest grin on my face that she's seen for a long time when she came downstairs to see who had detonated a small tactical nuke in our living room. I was using my ancient valve Orange, a Biyang overdrive and Biyang delay pedal. The sound is just shattering. It's big, it's controllable, it SINGS! The pickups have tremendous power, but are never "screechy". They gather every nuance and subtlety of string tone (even sliding harmonics sound great) no matter what the volume. I've wired them with a coil tap (using a switched volume pot) and they sound great either as single or double-coil. In single-coil operation, they've got that wonderful "bell" tone of a good Strat. In double-coil they sound like I've always wanted a Les Paul to sound. In short, I'm blown away by these pickups. I'm already planning guitar number four - and the first item on the shopping list is another pair of Steam Hammers. I'm in sonic heaven. I've found my dream pickups! Just to add to this testimonial, almost every part of this guitar was supplied by Axetec. Apart from the timber, the pickup surrounds and the bridge, Keith sourced the rest of the hardware. Even when I approached him with a request for a mismatched (4 by 2) set of machineheads, the answer was a straightforward (and cheerful) "No problem. Send me a pic of what you have in mind". I did and they were there the next day! I even mentioned that I prefered chrome humbucker rings. "Watch this space, I'm going to be getting some" was Keith's reply. I thought I'd push my luck and mention that I quite fancied some chrome single-coil pickup rings for another project. The same "leave it with me" approach. With Axetec, I've found that the customer isn't just someone who's buying a few bits from a website. There's a REAL person at the other end of your order, who genuinely cares about what you really want. Thanks Keith :-)

Paul, Dragondreams Music, Normanton

"Ha! I'm soooo happy with the Rolling Mill pickups that arrived 24hrs after placing my order. I removed the DiMarzio's from my Gibson LP and installed the RM's in 30 minutes. I plugged it into my micro cube first, just to test things were OK and I heard Jimmy Page Heartbreaker coming out of the speaker. Never has my LP sounded like this - total vintage with some extra power in there. So off to my HiWatt 50 Combo and WOW !!! If you include these comments on your website I would like everyone who reads this to know they will not be dissapointed and I plan to upgrade my ESP Horizon NT2 from Seymour Duncans to the Steam Hammers. I dont' know how you do it for the price but these are awsome sounding pieces of hardware. I have owned many guitars over 30 years and tried many different pickups in them and these really do leave them all behind." - Graeme, Leeds

"I installed HOT SLAGS in a twin humbucker strat project guitar I put together from parts. I wired them as per my Les Paul, but with a coil tap switch (thanks for the diagram !!). Just played my first gig with the guitar, and for the first time in 11 years, my Les Paul stayed in it's case !! The HOT SLAGS are truly versatile pick-ups. Just using the Crunch Channel on my Marshall TSL, I was able to find tones from cutting strat/tele, through mild and moderate blues crunch, to full blown hard rocking filthy overdrive far in excess of my Les Paul, just using the pick-up selector and volume control on the guitar !! Far more potent and versatile than my Les Paul standard pick-ups. Absolutely cracking value for money, and with better definitiion than more expensive pick-ups I have used in other guitars. Thanks again." - Stuart Powell, Guitar player with Mr Bones (

"Just want to say thanks for the Steam Hammers, (I've) had a few days to appraise.
I can't believe the quality, both in presentation and performance, at such a price.
The range of sounds I can get (fitted in a Patrick Eggle Berlin) is amazing, and authentic.
Split, Out-of-phase, and full on, they deliver. Thanks for a great service." - David, Worthing

“I am not normally in the habit of writing testimonials, but I was extremely impressed by the speed, efficiency, quality of product, and value for money which was exhibited in my recent order (RC2854020). I would have no hesitation in recommending you. Thank you.” – Gordon, Orkanger, Norway.

I just recieved and fitted one of your Hot Slag pickups to the bridge of my Les Paul and I have to say, for the price its unbelievable! So much tone and definition. Its great to see a UK company offering quality gear at such reasonable prices. I'll definitely be recommending you to friends and I've got my eye on a Rolling Mill to replace my neck pickup in the near future. My hat goes off to you sirs!
Pete, Shropshire

Well I am truly amazed at the Hot Slag Pickups I received last week from a very friendly and professional dealer in The UK, Keith was a real pleasure to do business with, as i am in the sales department at Musikhaus Thomann in Germany I do see through a lot of internet sales and the whole transaction was perfect in every way. As for the Pickups , I read a little about them as you do on several forums and thought I should try a pair in my Edwards JP relic as i was a little bit dissapointed with the Se***** Dun***s that were stock as the guitar itself is a real nice piece of work, I did as well have a pair if Gi*s** 57´s in.. but at £ 22,00 each for the Hot Slags I was tempted and well you know what!! I'm really glad I did and with the money i get for the 57´s I will definitely be buying another pair to fit in my other Les Paul I own which has AN Other well know brand in there as in my honest opinion the IronGear Humbuckers are Clear, strong, well built and presented, relativley Linear across the frequency range covering all tones my ( or any ) guitar gives out for that matter, all the best in the future and as long as the quality control does´nt slip from the manufacturers a lot of customers will be pleasantly suprised to say the least. I will not be spending any more silly money on BRAND names again.

“I came across Irongear last Summer for the first time when I was building a superstrat project guitar and I finally ordered a pair of Smoke Stacks and a Hot Slag (bridge) instead of the EMG’s I was intending to get. To say I was stunned at the tone and output was an understatement! Since then I have replaced the original pickups on my Les Paul with a beautiful pair of Rolling Mills and upgraded my BC Rich Bitch by installing a pair of VERY mean Hammerheads. Awesome pickups at a great price with fast delivery and superb customer service…keep it up!” – Tom, Telford

"Regarding the "Jailhouse Rail" in particular , this is without a doubt the best pickup I have ever heard! It has all the low end grunt you could ever want, but with a super smooth and creamy high mid response, which frankly blew me away. It tracks my pick strokes perfectly, allowing the sound to vary from super hard thrash metal to great sleazy rock tones without having to adjust the settings on either the guitar or amp. Fantastic." - Davey, West Lothian

"Just a quick note to say thanks for the extremely fast processing and delivery of my order. I've read the customer feedback on the site and in forums, but it's only when one actually experiences it that they can appreciate it. Keep up the good work, I look forward to placing some more orders with you in the future!" – Sam, London

"I ordered my items late Wednesday night, arrived Friday morning. Great price and useful information given on the phone. Keith you are a star, use AXETEC for your parts because they give a brilliant service. All the best for the future." - Jeff Collins, West Midlands

“I recently bought a Steam Hammer bridge pup to slap in an Ibanez RGR321EX. It came with 'Designed by EMG' Ibanez pickups, which were just plain shite, and then I had an EMG 81 & 60 set in it, but they were too harsh….the Steam Hammer was a revelation. I'd become disillusioned by overpriced pickups, and I'd heard great things about IronGear by word-of-mouth, so I chose a Steam Hammer bridge model for in the neck of the Ibby. Needless to say, I practically orgasmed at the result. Okay, it's voiced and spaced for the bridge, but I wanted something slightly hotter in the neck.. and it delivers. It's smoother and fatter by far for clean and lead work, than my EMG 60, and annihilates the poor excuses for pickups that manufacturers put in as stock. I've got my eye on a Hamer Standard (explorer style), which will get a Steam Hammer set in it, as soon as it's mine. Seriously, I couldn't believe my luck - £22, and I got an awesome pickup, which actually looks killer too, and you guys even ship them in cool boxes.. for £22! Legends, the lot of you. Anyway, thank you!” – Stu, Gloucester

"The Rolling Mills are fantastic! They have totally saved a guitar that I haven't picked up for several years." – Joe, Exeter

"I finally got my pair of SteamHammers installed into my Epiphone SG....WOW! I was expecting some kind of improvement in sound over the stock hardware but nothing prepared me for the leap my instrument has taken since the SteamHammers have taken up residence. They are aggressive and have bite and awesome sustain but are also incredibly versatile for the mellower end of the spectrum. I will definitely be getting IronGear pickups when the time comes to update my Explorer. I got fantastic service from my first enquiries to delivery and even afterwards, I said it before but I will say it again....WOW!" - Ben, London

"Thank you for the superb pair of Steam Hammer pickups. They've turned a great guitar into something that, sound wise, blows the real thing out of the water, with not a hint of muddiness. Brilliant :-) A very satisfied customer." - Ian, New Mills

"Having received my new Rolling Mill pickups for my LP (within 20 hours of placing the order!) I installed them last night. The transformation is amazing. I had an old DiMarzio SD in the bridge and an old Gibson in the neck. I have to say that these pickups are the best thing I have ever heard on my LP. I was after a classic/vintage Paul Kossof type sound and these fit the bill perfectly." - Paul, Stockport

"Frankly I'm STUNNED by the Steel Twins. If this thing was a car, it'd have a secret V8 with a turbo and nitrous lurking in the boot. Through the Mesa, these things sound awesome. Beautifully balanced range of sounds - and enormous power on tap when I want to upset the neighbours. I've wired them with a coil tap and a phase reversal setup and the sheer range of sounds these pickups produce has blown away the rest of my collection (prior to tonight, my favourite guitar was another Tele with a pair of Seymour Duncan hotrail humbuckers). I will definitely be ordering the Hot Slag and another Steel Twin bridge from you soon." - Paul, Dragondreams Music, Normanton

"I just bought a pair of IronGear Hot Slag zebra pickups and they are just as good as I thought they would be. Perfect, just perfect" - Jimmy, Fife

"(I fitted) the Hot Slag pickup in my Epiphone Les Paul Classic (bridge) and I have to say how impressed I am. The tone is so much clearer than the old stock pickup - very clean and bright when natural and very powerful with good definition when overdriven or distorted. All in all a very well made pickup and I am very happy with it." - Paul, Southend-on-Sea"
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