Vintage Wide Range Humbucker
In 1972 Fender introduced their take on the humbucker, a singularly unique design from Seth Lover, the inventor of the original "humbucking" pickup. Known for their clarity and top-end sparkle, they went out of production in 1979, until Fender reissued them in 1983 with a different design to the originals. These modern versions are a standard humbucker in a larger case, and don't display any of the characteristics that made the originals so unique and sought after.
Based on the specs of the original 70's pickups, I use custom-made larger bobbins just like the originals, which allows me to use the correct 42awg wire, and a custom-made ferrous reflector plate to increase the inductance of the pickup and shape the tone like the originals. The neck is wound to 10.4k, while the bridge is 10.6k using the same winding patterns as the originals, and both bridge and neck positions have 54mm pole spacing.
CuNiFe rod magnets currently aren't available, so I use AlNiCo 3 rod magnets, which is tonally the closest currently available magnet type to the CuNiFe used in the originals. This gives them the thickness and top-end chime Wide Range Humbuckers are known for, with the neck position having a wonderfully sweet clean tone, while the bridge maintains great clarity when driven.
Available in two cover options: "spaghetti-style" signature logo, or plain covers.
|DCR||Neck: 10.4k, Bridge: 10.6k|
|Inductance||Neck: 6.2H, Bridge: 6.6H|
As with the originals, 1Meg pots are recommended to really bring out the best of these pickups, and I am able to provide a suitable set of pots and caps.