Coming very soon, a new replacement for those Fender Seth Lover Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker reissues.
Whereas the original Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker pickups had threaded CuNiFe magnets, the modern reissues are merely a standard humbucker with bar magnet and pole screws. With the right capacitors & potentiometers, they’re not a bad pickup at all – they just don’t have the dynamics of the original Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker.
My new versions will be true to the original with threaded, adjustable magnets and I’m creating two versions – a full sized version intended to be a direct drop-in replacement for the current Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker reissues. I’m looking to launch these in the next few weeks. The second option is scaled down version to fit standard humbucker size which will be launched in February.
So if you’ve a modern day Telecaster Thinline, Custom or Deluxe then in a few weeks you’ll be able to purchase a direct Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker replacement with dynamics true to the original pickup.
If you’d simply like a true Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker style pickup for your guitar to replace a standard humbucker, then now you can.
As you can see from the final prototype picture above the new pickup has threaded magnets just like the original. CuNiFe is prohibitively expensive now so these new Wide Range/Thinline humbucker pickups use a form of Alnico, threaded to enable adjustment of the poles. The individual magnets and custom scatterwound coils give great clarity and string definition, with a ‘fat’ brightness unique to this design of pickup. The adjustable pole magnets allow you to emphasise certain strings.
Whereas the original Seth Lover designed Wide Range/Thinline Humbuckers had roughly the same output in both bridge & neck, I’ve voiced these new designs with differing outputs for better calibration, volume and tone. The bridge has an output of around 10.6k with the neck slightly lower at around 9.7k. Of course, if you’d like to keep output to the original specs, I can happily custom wind a set for you.
Both versions will be available in singles or sets. With the full-sized version, you’ll have the option to keep your original Fender embossed cover which I will fit to the new pickups for you. Your original pickup will be returned in full working condition, minus the cover of course ;-)
For the standard humbucker sized version I modify my classic humbucker bobbins & baseplate to create the pickup whilst crafting the reflector plate by hand. With the full-sized Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker replacements the full-size bobbins, reflector plate and baseplate are all made by hand here in my workshop.
I’m also looking into the idea of offering a modification service whereby I either remove the poles and bar magnet from your modern-day Fender reissue pickups and replace them with threaded magnets. Another idea is to offer a reduced price full-sized pickup by taking your reissue Wide-Range/Thinline humbucker and using the existing baseplate & cover to with the new wound coils & threaded magnets.
I’ll be updating this blog with audio & video demos, offering a direct comparison between the modern reissues and my new replacement versions – just wanted to let you know that they’re on their way.
If you’ve any questions, or just want to know more – just get in touch.
Thanks for reading.
The new standard Humbucker sized Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker styled pickups are now available.
Here’s a quick comparison between a couple of versions.
1. Fender® Modern MIM Full Size Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Reissues
2. GFS Vintage Fender® Style Split Humbucker “faithful recreations”
3. Creamery Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Replacements – Standard Humbucker Sized Version
The modern Fender® pickups (1) are simply a standard humbucker with single bar magnet and ferrous pole pieces/screws, encased in a large volume of wax to fill out the cover. The GFS version (2) is again a standard humbucker design with underlying bar magnet but in their case, three of the poles on each coil are simply filled with wax rather than have a ferrous slug or screw. (3) is my standard humbucker sized version with threaded magnets and ferrous reflector plate as seen on the original Seth Lover design but not in the modern Fender® reissues.
As the originals were one of my favourite pickups I always had the intention to try and recreate them, and if not totally correct (as CuNiFe is now prohibitively expensive and pretty damn hard to get hole of) I’ve tried to stay true to the original design. The impetus to try and recreate them was down to the initial conversation that led to my “Wide-O” range of pickups – I just ran with it.
The Humbucker sized Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker styled pickups – Standard Humbucker Size are available from my main site now. Just follow the link.
The Full size direct drop-in replacements are coming in February 2011.
I’m also working on a slightly different design using threaded poles with small neodymium magnets under each pole for more perceived output whilst keeping the brightness & bloom. More details soon.
Thanks for reading.