The musical instrument pickups, effects units and amplifiers designed and manufactured
by Harry DeArmond and Bud Rowe and later by Steve Tosh in Toledo, Ohio, from the 1940s to the 1980s, through Rowe Industries Inc.,
H. N. Rowe & Company, Rowe DeArmond Inc., DeArmond Inc. and Tosh Electronics, all of Toledo, Ohio, USA.

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Ben said:   April 22, 2014 11:28 am PST
Hello Leif, Many thanks for your email and your kind comments on the site. I own a set of pickups from a Kustom K200A guitar and I can assure you that they are single-coil, based on the Model 2000 pickup with the only difference being the rhomboid-shaped opening in the pickup's top. The 'anti-hum' reference in Kustom's sales material is just their sales term. I've seen seen some guitar manufacturers' promotional material describing these pickups as 'humbucking' but it's not true. Its still a great pickup. That's an interesting observation you've made about Steve Stills's Gretsch Falcon. Regards - Ben.

Leif Williams said:   April 19, 2014 6:26 pm PST
Hi Ben, love the site and have used it as a reference tool several times over the years, so a big thanks! I'm perplexed; how is it that it's only a cosmetic change to the Model 2000 (Gretsch Dynasonic) single coil pickup for its Kustom K200A guitar iteration when that instrument used humbuckers, or in Kustom parlance, "anti-hum" pickups? The K200B & C were however (sans Bigsby bar) stocked with single coils, no doubt. My ears scream 'humbucker' when I play the K200A, in keeping with the literature specs. In an ironic aside, I've also learned that the Stills '58 Gretsch Falcon sounds (on early CSNY recordings) I'd always thought to be FilterTrons were, indeed, Dynasonics. Keep up the great work, and thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this conundrum.

ben said:   April 5, 2014 1:25 pm PST
Miles, Many thanks for your email and your kind comment on the site. In answer to your question, I don't recall ever having seen these bases on sale as newly manufactured, but I see them regularly on Ebay. I show one of my own DeArmond timber bases - but not for a Hershey Bar pickup - on my site under the Harmony page. These bases appear to be rosewood and come in a wide variety of sizes with an even wider variety of internal slots. I imagine that they should be easy to manufacture, using your own pickup as a template. The top of the base is flat to fit the pickup and the bottom can be either flat or curved to suit an archtop instrument. I hope this information, small as it is, is useful to you. Regards Ben

Miles Barker said:   April 2, 2014 9:27 am PST
Thank you for this valuable resource! Question: Is there anybody manufacturing Hershey Bar pickup risers/bases?

Ben said:   December 3, 2013 6:12 am PST
Thanks for your kind email, Jerry. Re your two questions: 1. I've been looking for years and I've never seen anything published on the DeArmond companies in Toledo either. Many articles have been published in music magazines over the years about DeArmond products and history and sadly most of these are wrong to a greater or lesser degree, partcularly regarding the company history. The most common mistake regarding products is the frequent references to the Model 2000 (named the Dynasonic by Gretsch) as the 200. This '200' name occurs in print on a regular basis, even though a look through DeArmond's own catalogs would quickly clarify the error. 2. I wrote that Wikipedia page ten years ago and I agree with your comment. After the inital setup, I left the page to itself for quite a while, to see the reaction. Many alterations have been made to the original entry over the years and that's fine, provided that those alterations are both accurate and relevant – remember that it's a biographical entry. Unfortunately, among the general alterations were a few made by someone hyping the cables and connectors issue and mentioning his business. The truth is that those screw connectors for the early pickups have always been readily available. I recently deleted the most blatant of those alterations but the page generally requires an update, in the light of my research. I intend to do it soon, but maintaining the website itself, and answering queries takes a lot of my time. Regards Ben.

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