I dunno. Someone important at Fender wanted to put a humbucker in the neck position of a tele?
I don't think Fender calls these new pickups "new wide range humbuckers". I didn't see any place where they claimed they were recreations in any way of the 1970s "wide range humbuckers"; though I did see somewhere that they staggered the polepieces in a cosmetic nod to the 70s pickups.Maybe people like the sound of the new wide range humbuckers
Does Fender build all their pickups in reissue guitars to vintage specs?
But when Fender recreates some famous guitarist's guitar, they brag and boast about how exact and truthful they are in doing so. I find it hard to believe that a company the size of Fender couldn't bring some metal industry to produce CuNiFe bars for a reasonable price, so there must be some other explanation to this. Lazy cost cutting maybe?It may be astonishing to you, but the reason they don't make the wide range humbuckers like they used to is that CuNiFe magnets aren't available anymore. At the time, Fender and Seth Lover had to create a humbucker that didn't infringe on Gibson's patent so they did things differently for a reason. Now they don't have to, plus CuNiFe isn't available to use anymore. Here's a great article on the subject:
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You're not talking about the same guitar as most others in this thread. The '72 Custom, the '72 Deluxe, and the '72 Thinline all have what Fender calls "Fender Wide Range humbucking" pickups. True to the originals, the '72 Deluxe has the large headstock while the Custom and Thinline do not.I don't think Fender calls these new pickups "new wide range humbuckers". I didn't see any place where they claimed they were recreations in any way of the 1970s "wide range humbuckers"; though I did see somewhere that they staggered the polepieces in a cosmetic nod to the 70s pickups.
I believe Fender calls these "Shawbuckers".
They didn't give this guitar the big 70s Strat headstock, either; so it's pretty clear that they weren't trying to recreate the 70s Tele Deluxe guitar.
Throaty? More like muddy.The whole humbuggy in the neck thing never seemed practical to me. Maybe I need to play one? What is the idea here? Stock Tele rhythm sounds in the bridge with throaty lead sounds from the neck?
I don't either.What I've learned is you shouldn't trust Fender when it comes to period-correct Fender specs.
you forgot "...and put a really ugly pickgaurd on it"here's how it works... we make the Telecaster... we sell a boat load of 'em... but eventually the market softens.. so the Suits get together and ask, "What can we do to get sales up on the telecaster".. someone from Marketing with a Masters in BS, says, "lets call it the Telecaster Deluxe, and change 15 cents worth of electronics... " and he got promoted...
and that's the way it is.. in large manufacturing, things either are increasing or slipping away, there is no status quo..
It's all but impossible to reproduce the pickups authentically because you can't get Cunife alloy in threaded rods (Telenator was doing it but I think they had to do the threading in-house and it was a PITA)....sounds like all they could reproduce was the “look” of the pickup, and the lawyers (aka fun police) squashed any bragging about how authentic the pickup is. Doesn’t sound all that boastful to me....expertly evoking a look can’t be all that hard.