Are Fenders getting Timbuckers in them?

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  1. BadAssBill

    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, two Strats have what Fender calls "Shawbuckers" -- and American Standard model and an American Deluxe model.

    Funny thing is, Shaw has been working for Fender for a while, years, according to one guy I've heard. I don't know why they're playing up his role with the company now.

    I am curious about those humbuckers, I have to say.
     
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    While Fender's single coils are stellar, their recent humbuckers have been bad. This may help them make better pickups and it helps letting the people know that these are not like their other recent humbuckers.
     
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    What about Bobbuckers anyone make those? I bet those would sound great in a Strat.
     
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    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    "Timbuckers" were the name of boutique pickups that were once wind by a guy named time white.

    Tim shaw is a different guy (of gibson fame) and shouldn't be confused with Tim white.

    Just a clarification here...
     
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    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    Ah...that's right, sorry.
     
  7. John C

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    For now it's just those two HSS Strat models (American Standard and American Deluxe); it doesn't appear that any other Fender Strats with humbuckers are getting them. Plus they still have the older models on their webpage. I would assume the Shawbucker models are replacing the older ones, and the older models will drop off the website once Fender has shipped them all out of their warehouse.
     
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    I swapped out my Shaw's for Tim White's "Timbuckers" back in circa '03and haven't looked back. It's a shame that Mr. White stopped making them or didn't pass his secrets on to a successor.
     
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    I've also enjoyed my Timbuckers from Tim White. Although there was no direct "passing of secrets" AFAIK, I'd say the mantle for this style of pickup has been passed to David Plummer of Zhangbucker with his "Pure Handwound" line.

    Don't know anything recent about Shaw's stuff, but he did a good job on the early Shaw pickups within the design constraints he had. Apparently the '57 Classic was a similar story for Gibson and Tom Holmes - the pickup he wanted to make was altered to fit a price point and wasn't the pickup Tom would have wanted it to be, but it still turned out pretty good. Hopefully the new "Shawbuckers" will allow Mr. Shaw more latitude to make the best pickup possible for him to make. People into the PAF scene will at least have heard of him, so I guess Fender has decided that his name will be a good marketing point to draw some customers.
     
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    I'm taking a wild guess here but I bet they sound like humbuckers
     
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    more to it than that....

    1. the Std HSS models have a much wanted 250/500 pot setup where the humbucker gets 500k, but the two SC's get 250k.

    2. The bridge PU is unpotted
     
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    +1

    That's a lot to expect from a pup swap!!!:banana
     
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    Correct.

    The thread title really freaked me out. Timbuckers are a completely different product.
     
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    They're not exactly the same, but they were definitely an inspiration for me.
     
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