Help identify this fender pickup

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  1. The Tone Ranger

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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    that is what we in the industry call a strat pickup
     
  3. Sweetfinger

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    It isn't a '69, Texas Special, or any of the models with beveled poles like the Fat 50s.
     
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    Some of the custom shop pickups are special winds only made in small batches. You might be able to find out from Fender.
     
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    Was hoping for something a bit more specific :p:beer
     
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    So a bit of a mystery. They are great pickups that came is a used guitar and I've never ID'd them
     
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    That looks like a fat 50's custom shop pickup bridge position.

    is the pole pieces beveled? it seems like its beveled.
     
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    Thanks y'all. Staggered yes, beveled no.
     
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    some fat 50's has a subtle beveled poles, where if you looks at it sparingly, you will think that its a straight cut pole, some has a massive beveled. from your picture, it looks like there is slight bevel.

    its just my best guess. my other best guest would be a custom shop 54 pickup.
     
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    Looks a lot like a Fender Custom Shop '56 Pickup.

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    I will get a better look at poles later this evening. I will also see if I can get a resistance reading.
     
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    sorry, just saw the rest of the pics;

    that actually does look like a texas special bridge pickup with the custom shop sticker, the red dot and vintage staggered poles that are basically sharp-edged.

    i think the fat '50s have a bit more bevel.

    is this one of a complete set? if so does the middle pickup hum-cancel with the neck and the bridge? that'll also help narrow it down.
     
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    Wrong color magnet wire for a Texas Special.
     
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    This is what I thought when I saw the red blob on the underside of the B pole-piece. When you said it sounds great that just confirmed it.
     
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    How do I tell if it's middle is hum cancelled? The resistance I measured in bridge was 6.3k. There is a very slight bevel. The guitar has the CS bridge and middle with a vintage rail neck.
     
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    the middle is either Reverse wound or not, if it is RWRP, the in between sound will be hum canceling.
     
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    the TSs have the darker insulation? i don't remember.
    that seems low for a texas special bridge, they spec it at 6.7k.

    also, looking at it and the middle pickup again, i see a little more bevel than i think the TSs have.

    another quick way to tell if the middle is RW/RP is to hold a little magnet over it, then over the bridge pickup; if one pushes while the other pulls then the middle is opposite polarity from the bridge.
     
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  18. The Tone Ranger

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    The neck and bridge both push the magnet away. They neck being a vintage rails is split so one side pulls and one side pushes.
     
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    ?

    the neck is a duncan rails, it's neither here nor there. what does the middle do compared to the bridge?
     
  20. The Tone Ranger

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    Typo....Friday night beers. Meant to say bridge and middle both push the magnet.
     

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