Wide Range Humbucker Set
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.
Rather than try to make a direct copy of the original 70s Wide Range Humbucker, I've taken the basic design and made a couple of tweaks to produce my own take on it.
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.
As far as I can tell, no-one produces threaded CuNiFe rod magnets suitable for pickups anymore, so I offer the choice of individual AlNiCo rod magnets, or threaded FeCrCo magents if you want the original "screw" look for each pole piece, rather than the bar magnet and steel pole-pieces of the reissues - AlNiCo/FeCrCo 2 in the bridge position and AlNiCo/FeCrCo 5 in the neck.
The reason for using FeCrCo for the threaded pole-piece option is that AlNiCo is too brittle to be threaded, so is impossible to machine into a threaded pole format, and as FeCrCo has extremely similar properties to AlNiCo it is an excellent alternative. Tonally, FeCrCo in the threaded rod format has just a touch more high-mid focus than AlNiCo.
Unlike the originals which featured 54mm pole spacing in both bridge and neck position, I use 54mm bridge and 52mm neck spacing so the pole-pieces better line up with the strings in each position.
The neck pickup is slightly underwound to provide a better balance when switching between positions, and add a bit of sparkle back to the naturally darker neck position: 11.2k bridge, 10.5k neck.
When using the fixed AlNiCo rod magnets, I set the visible pole-pieces with my modern take on the classic single-coil vintage stagger for better balance across the strings on each pickup.
As with the originals, 1Meg pots are recommended to really bring out the best of these pickups, so I include a set of 1Meg CTS pots and 0.022uf caps.
Available in two cover options: "spaghetti-style" signature logo, or plain covers.