Help identify this fender pickup

rwijaya

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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.
 

rwijaya

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Thanks y'all. Staggered yes, beveled no.
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.
 

walterw

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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.
 

Tootone

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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.
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.
 

The Tone Ranger

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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.
 

rwijaya

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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.
the middle is either Reverse wound or not, if it is RWRP, the in between sound will be hum canceling.
 

walterw

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Wrong color magnet wire for a Texas Special.
the TSs have the darker insulation? i don't remember.
How do I tell if it's middle is hum cancelled? The resistance I measured in bridge was 6.3k.
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.
 

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.
 

walterw

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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?
 




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