Carondelet (formerly The Coil Shack) is the custom pickup operation
of The Fret Shack, a guitar and bass repair, resto and upgrade
workshop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Carondelet pickups are retro-modern. If something has worked well in and for a pickup since the 1950s, it's likely incorporated into a Carondelet. If any aspect could be improved upon, from tone and feel to durability and lifespan, Carondelet likely is doing that too.
All Carondelets are voiced by and for acute ears and hands, for pros and aficionados alike. All Carondelets are wound by hand, one at a time, using superior components and processes.
Baron Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet (1747-1807) was a Spanish noble who governed New Orleans during its Spanish colonial period from 1791 to 1797. Our initial inspiration for using his name was Carondelet Street, a major thoroughfare named in the governor's honor that extends through the "Uptown" Garden District and Central Business District before the street's name changes to Bourbon Street. We thought it would be nice to have a classy, upscale sounding name with a direct tie to our nearby and hugely significant American music market. When further research unearthed this circa 1790s painting of Baron Carondelet holding a zebra PAF, we knew he was our guy.