Non-DeArmond products

Some pickups produced by other manufacturers are sometimes mistakenly assumed to have been manufactured by the Rowe Industries Inc./H. N. Rowe & Company/Rowe DeArmond Inc./DeArmond Inc./Tosh Electronics group of companies, all of Toledo, Ohio, USA.

A selection of the most common examples is shown below.  Identifying these pickups in this manner does not infer criticism on them in any way, but merely clarifies their source.

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These pickups, shown here with a black top, but also available with either a chrome or white top, installed in some Guild guitars including the X-50 archtop, were not manufactured by DeArmond.  It is likely that they were manufactured by the same company that manufactured Guild’s chrome humbuckers, because the above pickup’s connections terminate in a very small insulated connector unit exposed on the underside of the pickup – the same arrangement as on Guild’s humbucker.


This single-coil pickup with non-adjustable individual pole-pieces is fitted in some Guild Guitars, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse’ pickup.

The two photos above show the Magnatone Zephyr guitar.  The pickups are similar to DeArmond’s when viewed from the front but when viewed from underneath, it is clear that they are not.


This pickup was fitted to a number of Kay guitars.  The cover and bezel were manufactured as one pressing.  The pickup is quite shallow, enabling it to be surface-mounted on a pickguard or recessed with the bezel hidden.  The date of manufacture was sometimes stamped in ink on the underside of the pickup.  Note the closeness of the two fixing holes to the pickup body proper.  Several cosmetic variations to the plain chrome top exist, including an embossed diamond pattern and a printed black and white pattern.


This pickup fitted to a Kay mandolin was manufactured by Kay.



The three pickup types above, found on a number of Japanese guitars, may have been manufactured by Teisco.  The combination of gold-filled slots and pole openings could lead to mistaken identity as DeArmond items.

Japanese pickup

This Japanese pickup is reminiscent of the DeArmond S-Grille and D-Grille pickups.


Two guitar pickups factory-fitted in some Kay guitars are not DeArmond.  These are commonly referred to as the ‘Speedbump’ and Kleenex Box’ type. Their method of construction is very different to any DeArmond pickup seen to date.

The pickups in the two photos above appear quite similar to DeArmond’s  recessable version of the Model 210, and may be by Schaller


The pickup shown above, in a Harmony H55 Sovereign Jumbo acoustic guitar is a version of the Gibson P-13 pickup.  The four visible fixing screws help identify the pickup as such (photo copyright Francois Demont).

The pickup below shown in a Harmony H655 Sovereign Jumbo acoustic guitar is a version of a DeArmond adjustable pole-pieces pickup, such as Model 55. The two visible fixing screws inline with the pole-pieces help identify the pickup as such (photo copyright Francois Demont).