Wide Range Humbuckers
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 my own custom-made larger bobbins just like the originals, which allows me to use the correct 42awg wire.
I also make my own custom 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 use individual AlNiCo rod magnets rather than the bar magnet and steel pole-pieces of the reissues. AlNiCo 2 in the bridge position and AlNiCo 5 in the neck.
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.
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.
Available in three cover options: plain, standard logo or "spaghetti-style" logo.
Price: AU$180 each, AU$340 for a calibrated set (includes a set of 1Meg CTS pots and PIO caps, mounting screws and springs).
Telecaster Custom Sets
If you have a Telecaster Custom, I have you covered with a set that includes a bridge pickup designed to compliment my Wide Range Humbucker in the neck.
Handwound with 43awg wire to approximately 11k to better match the output of the neck position Wide Range Humbucker. These are fitted with AlNiCo 3 rod magnets to create a clear, balanced sound and retain that classic Tele twang.
Price: AU$280 (includes a set of 1Meg & 250k CTS pots and PIO caps, mounting screws and springs).
Fender Reissue WRHB Rewinds
I can also strip down and upgrade your Fender Reissue Wide Range Humbuckers. Send me your existing Fender reissue pickup and I can replace the bobbins with my own correctly sized ones
wound to the same spec as my own pickups, and use the same AlNiCo rod magnets and ferrous reflector plate to make them sound much more like the originals.
Price: AU$120 each, AU$200 for a set (includes a set of 1Meg CTS pots and PIO caps).
As standard these pickups are not wax potted to achieve a more open and detailed sound.
Please note, these are a direct drop-in replacement for the larger Wide Range Humbucker pickups, and will not fit a standard humbucker route.