Railhammer Chisel Pickup

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Railhammer Chisel Pickup Bridge pickup with black cover

Bridge pickup with black cover

Item # 5482
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Railhammer Chisel Pickup Neck pickup with black cover

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Item # 5483
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Railhammer Chisel Pickup Bridge pickup with chrome cover

Bridge pickup with chrome cover

Item # 5487
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Railhammer Chisel Pickup Neck pickup with chrome cover

Neck pickup with chrome cover

Item # 5488
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Railhammer Chisel Pickup

Railhammer takes the humbucker to a new level of performance with their unique combination of rails and poles. Tight lows and fat highs—perfect tonal balance without compromise!

Railhammer's Chisel pickups are aggressive and thick, but clear, for heavy rock and metal. Tight clear tone on the wound strings, without the plain strings sounding thin. Harmonically rich, with a cutting upper-mid attack.

13.0K ohms 7.5K ohms
Ceramic magnet Ceramic magnet
44 gauge coil wire 42 gauge coil wire

There's no mistaking the look of a Railhammer humbucker, or the great sound!
They're the result of a personal tone quest by guitar industry veteran Joe Naylor, founder of Reverend Guitars. Joe was tired of hearing mushy distortion from neck-position humbuckers.

His solution: narrow-sensing height-tapered rails for the wound strings, to reduce note smearing, and oversize 6mm polepieces for the plain strings, to increase note thickness and sustain. "I thought if I can keep the clarity of rails on the wound strings, but build in the fat tone of large round poles for the plain strings, it'd be perfect." And he did it, without volume drop-out anywhere on the pickup!

Railhammer humbuckers have universal string spacing that works for practically any guitar, thanks to the oversize polepieces and long rails. They fit any guitar with standard size humbuckers. The non-adjustable poles, vacuum wax-potted coils and 6-screw baseplate (standard humbuckers have 4) reduce internal vibration to prevent unwanted feedback.

Includes height screws and springs. 500K pots and .022 microfarad tone cap are recommended.

Versatile 4-conductor hookup wire with ground allows custom coil-splitting, phase reversal and series/parallel wiring.

Wire color codes:
Black = hot
Green = ground
Braid = ground
White = red: Solder together and tape off

Product Instructions

Railhammer Humbucking Pickups

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Railhammer Humbucking pickups.

    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 5482
    • 0.280 lbs. (0.13 kg)
    • 5483
    • 0.310 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 5487
    • 0.359 lbs. (0.16 kg)
    • 5488
    • 0.380 lbs. (0.17 kg)

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Surprised they do as they say :-)

(Customer's Reviews)

I'm using this hammer PU on a Duesenberg Starplayer. I'm playing Crunchy Sounds with the need for Metal sounds on certain songs. This works perfectly...and even the twang is still here...what more to be happy?


Update to my earlier review

(Customer's Reviews)

I like these Railhammers more now over time. I originally installed both in my Pagan guitar below. I was never quite sure I was getting the Heavy Metal sound I liked. Railhammer folks, who are amazingly engaged with their customers like no other guitar part company I've ever seen, actually contacted me to ask how things were and to recommend different pot/cap configurations based on the materials and construction of my guitar. Ultimately, I left the Railhammer neck in the Pagan paired with a different super-high-output bridge and that guitar is sufficiently metal now. The Railhammer bridge then went into a 60th Anniv Mexican Strat with an HSS configuration. I upgraded the single coils as well, and replaced the OEM humbucker with the Chisel. In this setup, the Chisel is a five-star. In hindsight, I probably would have liked the Railhammer Vintage even more, since I wanted this Strat to be more vintage sounding, but whether combined with the singles or selected alone, the Railhammer really works in this guitar. It still has a very brassy upper-mid bite, but that's a great contrast to the smoother chirp and quack of the singles in the middle and neck.


Best sounding pickups I've ever used.

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I got a set of these to replace the Duncan SH-1 and SH-5 I had previously put in my Epiphone '58 Explorer. They completely blow the Duncans away! In both positions, the Railhammers are both louder and clearer. The neck position on this guitar always seemed to be muddy (even after I put in the SH-1); however, with the chisel there's no mud AT ALL, even with a ton of overdrive. Definitely recommended.

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