I have a '54 telecaster. The rhythm pickup was DOA when I got it, so years ago I had Lindy Fralin rewind it. It sounds very good, and original, but like most of that era, quite dark and dull. When I had it out, I noticed that it weighed like three pounds- the durn cover must be solid brass with nickel plating. I have had later telecasters, including a '61 Custom Telecaster, and the rhythm pickup was much lighter, and in fact sounded quite a bit clearer. I had a replica (Fralin vintage style) rhythm pickup in there while Lindy did the rewind, and it too sounded clearer. So this got me wondering about whether switching to a lighter pickup cover would make for a clearer sound, a bit more usable like a strat (or later telecaster) rhythm pickup. My question is, has anyone ever had the cover of one of the early telecasters and heard how it sounded either with a lighter cover or no cover at all? PLEASE, I don't want to debate whether this is a good idea from an originality standpoint etc, the cover comes right off and would remain in the case with the guitar. Just wondering if this change might expand the usability of the pickup.