Posted on by Walter Bryant



Since 1976, the Dean Zelinsky brand of guitars has made top notch quality instruments, favored among a number of established musicians. Withal, Dean Zelinsky continues to push the envelope, as he has now developed the first ever true Humbucker pickup; switches to an authentic Single-Coil. With SideKick technology, switching from humbucker to single-coil, the pickups match volume. There is virtually no volume drop-off as in conventional Humbucker coil-tapping or splitting.

Zelinsky started to develop this technology after the launch of his Tagliare model guitars in August of 2013. Players kept ordering the Tagliare with two single-coils and a humbucker in the bridge position. Zelinsky stated he worked hard to create the world’s best single-coil tones for his new Tagliares and it bothered him that customers would be losing that great single-coil tone in the bridge position. The company offered coil-taps on the bridge humbucker, but as Zelinsky states, “that half-a-humbucker sound, while we have all been doing it for years, just doesn’t get you there…plus you lose half the volume.” Zelinsky set out to offer a humbucker that turns into a single-coil, which was true to each pickup’s vintage tone with no volume differential.

“People have been making great single-coils and great humbuckers for decades…but until now, nobody has been able to get both into the same space. The SideKick Pickup absolutely works and is the pickup many players have been looking for. It simply didn’t exist until NOW!” states Zelinsky.

Now although we don’t sell Dean’s guitars, we couldn’t help but let you all know about this cool innovation! Have a look at their site to learn more about these pickups!