"the Ristretto"

45 reviews
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Designed to be Different

Precision Winding

Deep dive the gear forums on pickup winding and you'll see tons of voices claiming that handwinding and variable tension is where the magic is. We challenge that concept and have the data to prove it. Every set that leaves our shop is within 1% tolerance of every pickup we've ever shipped. No more wondering if you got a lemon model. Whether you're playing to your dog or you're on stage for 100,000+ fans, the Lambertones are the same.

Made in USA

We fully believe a product should be able to stand on its own, where the location of manufacturer doesn't automatically qualify/disqualify it from a perceived quality. That said, we're proud to design, manufacture, wind, fulfill in house here at our shop in Southern California.

Crafted with Care

Premium Materials

We exclusively use nickel-silver baseplates for our soapbar and JM style Ristrettos to reflect the magnetic field appropriately, giving a punchier and more consistent sound with every amplitude of playing.

Flexible Applications

Each Ristretto set comes with a 3-wire lead option, giving the highest flexibility in wiring opportunities. Having a 3-wire allows you to have a series/parallel tonal option with a 4-way switch or a Fender style S1 switch. In addition, if combined with another style pickup of a different manufacturer a 3rd wire allows you to reverse the winding direction to maintain phase. The pickup leads are the highest quality possible cloth covered pre-tinned Gavitt wire to give you the best signal chain start and an easy solder connection.

Shipped with Style

Premium Packaging

Every pickup set comes in its own premium box with laser cut foam and every cover has mm thick 3M protective shielding to aid in a successful install without scratches or scuffs.

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A Lambertones Pickups Customer
Sean B.

I bought a used Fender Tele thinline with P90s, and it sounded a little muddy. But then I put some Ristrettos in it and I can't BELIEVE the difference. These have both clarity AND a full sound. I'm especially impressed by the neck pickup's ability to maintain clarity and brightness without adjusting EQ. The ordering process was also great. I sent them a photo of the guitar to get advice in what to get. They emailed me right back and gave me some advice about upgrading the tone pots while I was at it (which I did). Once ordered, I received pretty regular emails from them with little things like YouTube videos showing off how they sound, etc. The package itself is a fun experience to unbox--like opening a new Apple product. My experience with Lambertones has been so good I plan to get the Cremas for another guitar next!

Jonathan D.
United States United States


I can’t believe how amazing these sound and the customer service. Lambertones communicated every step of the way. What an amazing company. Getting ready to swap all my pickups over to Lambertones!

Thad W.
United States United States

Ristrettos in a Squier JM

Way more clarity than the stock Squier JM pickups. I find they also work quite a bit better with a wider variety of amp models, and they are a lot more dynamic as well. Can't wait to upgrade the wiring next.

Lambertones Pickups the Ristretto Review
Thomas W.
United States United States

Excellent clarity at any setting

I bought a set of P-90 Ristrettos and installed them in an Eastwood Stormbird, a Gibson non-reverse Firebird knock off. I have a multi-amp setup (Marshall 4140 Club and Country combo + Tone King Sky King combo) and have been trying these pups through that with fairly clean settings using a Barber Gain Changer pedal for some overdrive. The Stormbird is modded a bit - CTS 500K pots, Russian made PIO caps (0.022uF bridge, 0.015uF neck) with Gibson 50s wiring. These pups are excellent with wonderful clarity at all volumes and nearly all tone settings. They show frequency and string definition with nearly any setting. Definitely got the P-90 vibe despite the low output. They can certainly bark and bite with a little overdrive. I am most impressed with their clarity at lower tone settings, being a guitar volume and tone knob fan. Highs are subdued but still well defined. I've been noodling around with guitars and such for over 40 years and these are probably the best P-90s I have ever heard - a crisper, more articulate P-90 that is inspiring to play at nearly all guitar knob settings.

Lambertones Pickups the Ristretto Review
A Lambertones Pickups Customer
Michael H.
United States United States

Made my Jazzmaster my go to

First time ever installing aftermarket pickups and the wiring diagram was super helpful. Tone and clarity on my Jazzmaster now makes it my go to guitar for P&W. Bridge has incredible clarity and punch - stacked with a jhs morning glory and kilt I could hit shreddy solos and cut through the mix no problem. Neck and rhythm circuits on my Jazzy are just oh so warm and expressive. Couldn’t be happier with how versatile the Ristrettos are, especially in the JMs lead and rhythm circuits!