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Wide Range Humbuckers

Vintage, Modern & Replacement Wide Range Tele / Thinline Humbuckers

One of my favourite pickups, I worked on these for a long while to get them just right, making parts (even covers) by hand before deciding on the final prototypes. Here they are, the Vintage, Modern & Custom true spec replacements for those Wide Range Tele / Thinline reissue pickups.

I can also upgrade your Fender® reissue pickups if you want the vintage tone and keep the Fender® logo chrome cover.

I wanted to make replacement Wide Range Humbuckers as close to the original '70s design as possible. It took a long time and much effort & cost having custom parts manufactured but I think its worth it. I don't use off-the-shelf parts, these are fully custom made with correct 42AWg wire and larger internal bobbins.

Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker Replacement Pickups & Reissue Upgrades


One of my favourite pickups, I spent 18mths developing, testing & refining these replica pickups. Here you have it, a new, true spec replacement for those Fender® Seth Lover Wide Range/Thinline Tele Custom & Deluxe Humbucker reissues.

Total Guitar Best Buy 5 star review of Creamery Wide Range Humbuckers

Whereas the original Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker pickups had threaded CuNiFe magnets, the modern reissues are merely a standard humbucker design with bar magnet and pole screws dressed to look like a vintage Wide Range Pickups. With the right capacitors & potentiometers, they’re not a bad pickup at all – they just don’t have the clarity & dynamics of the original Wide Range/Thinline Tele Humbucker. My custom, handwound versions are true to the original design with custom manufactured threaded, adjustable magnets, correct 42AWG coil, larger internal bobbins and internal ferrous reflector plate.

I’ve created two varieties – a full sized version intended to be a direct drop-in replacement for the current Wide Range/Thinline Tele Humbucker reissues and a slightly scaled down version to fit standard humbucker size. More details under the tabs below.

Handwound in my workshop here in Manchester.

You can read the Total Guitar 5 Star/Best Buy review of my Creamery Wide Range Tele Humbucker Pickups here

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    Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbucker

    Classic '71


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    Creamery Custom Handwound Wide Range / Thinline Tele Humbucker Replacement Pickups - Classic '71

    Magnets Threaded Pole or Optional Alnico 2
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 10.7k
    Neck Output 9.8k

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    The vintage Wide Range Humbucker sound in a Direct Drop-in Replacement

    A true replacement for the modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker reissue pickups. Classic fat 'Doubled Up' single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp.  With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness. Custom-made nickel-silver baseplate, internal ferrous reflector plate, large size handmade bobbins with medium scatterwound coils of the correct size 42AWG - The Creamery Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker is a direct replacement for those modern reissues.

    Full Threaded Magnet Options

    My vintage take on the original pickups have either 12 threaded magnets or a combination of 6 threaded magnets and 6 x hidden Alnico 2 rod magnets. With the threaded & Alnico 2 rod magnets together the tone is ever so rounder, warmer with a few less highs - Great if you want to take a little 'spank' out of the bridge position.

    Calibrated/Balanced Output & Better Pole spacing for Bridge & Neck position

    Unlike the originals & reissues, I’ve made the Classic ’71 Wide Range Humbuckers with 53mm Bridge pole spacing & 50mm pole spacing for better string definition in the neck position so the threaded magnets actually line up with the strings. It means I've had to custom manufacture separate covers for the bridge & neck position to reflect the pole spacing but I do think its worth it. To my knowledge, I'm the only one doing this at the moment - Although the original Wide Range Humbuckers are one of my favourite vintage pickups, I've always been disappointed that the neck pole spacing was the same as the bridge despite the strings having a naturally narrower spacing here

    I’ve also lowered the neck output a little to give a calibrated set with much better volume balance between bridge & neck pickup as you switch through the positions, with less 'boom' at the neck.

    I don't use 'off the shelf' parts for my Wide Range Humbuckers, all my parts are custom manufactured to my own specifications and I also don't use standard Gibson/Humbucker sized bobbins under the cover and thinner 43AWG wire to achieve the desired output reading. I make my own full-size bobbins, handwound with thicker 42AWG coil wire for that classic sparkle and clear, defined Wide Range Tone - Click on the video icons above to see/hear them in action.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern reissue & original Wide Range Humbuckers.

    Available in Nickel or Chrome covers, Aged Nickel, Aged Chrome & the slightly more Yellowish Bare Nickel that I've had custom made with a slightly higher copper content for more of an 'Aged Gold' look. They also come with the correct, shorter mounting screws to make sure they fit into your guitar.

    Creamery Custom Classic 71 Wide Range Humbucker pickups - add cartBuy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Classic '71 Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbuckers here

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    Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbucker

    Baby '71 - Standard Gibson/PAF Humbucker Sized


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    Creamery Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Replacement Pickups - Baby 71 standard Humbucker sized

    Magnets Individual Threaded Magnets
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 8.7k
    Neck Output 7.6k

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    The Wide Range sound in a standard/regular Gibson PAF style Humbucker size

    Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright chime & warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness, these Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker style pickups are a great if you're looking for something more to replace a standard humbucker.

    Slightly brighter with a tighter bass response that my full-size Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker repros due to the slightly narrower coil and lower output.

    Available with either Vintage Braided or 4-Way wiring, the cover options are Chrome, Chrome H-Cover, Black, White, Cream or uncovered with black, zebra or B&W bobbins. You can also purchase the pickup with a Gold cover though please remember that the magnets will remain the same colour.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in to fit a standard humbucker size cavity/scratchplate.

    Creamery Custom Wide Range Humbucker pickups, Baby 71 standard humbucker sized - add cartYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Baby '71 Wide Range Humbuckers - Standard Humbucker Sized here

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    Wide Range Humbucker for Starcaster®

    Classic '71 for Starcaster®


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    Creamery Custom Handwound Wide Range Starcaster Humbucker Replacement Pickups - Classic '71

    Magnets Threaded Pole or Optional Alnico 2
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 9.6k
    Neck Output 8.7k

    Wide Range Humbucker in a Direct Drop-in Starcaster® Replacement

    A true replacement for the Wide Range Humbucker reissue pickups found in the modern Starcaster® guitars. Classic fat 'Doubled Up' single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp.  With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness. Custom-made nickel-silver baseplate, internal ferrous reflector plate, large size handmade bobbins with medium scatterwound coils of the correct size 42AWG - The Creamery Classic '71 Wide Range Humbucker for Starcaster® is a direct replacement for those modern reissues.

    Full Threaded Magnet Options

    My vintage take on the original pickups have either 12 threaded magnets or a combination of 6 threaded magnets and 6 x hidden Alnico 2 rod magnets. With the threaded & Alnico 2 rod magnets together the tone is ever so rounder, warmer with a few less highs - Great if you want to take a little 'spank' out of the bridge position.

    Calibrated/Balanced Output & Better Pole spacing for Bridge & Neck position

    Unlike the originals & reissues, I’ve made the Classic ’71 Wide Range Humbuckers for Starcaster® with a narrower 50mm pole spacing for better string definition in the neck position so the threaded magnets actually line up under the strings. It means I've had to custom manufacture separate covers for the bridge & neck position to reflect the pole spacing but I do think its worth it. To my knowledge, I'm the only one doing this at the moment - Although the original Wide Range Humbuckers are one of my favourite vintage pickups, I've always been disappointed that the neck pole spacing was the same as the bridge despite the strings having a naturally narrower spacing here.

    Custom designed Starcaster® Replacement Wide Range Humbuckers

    I prototyped a few different versions in my own Starcaster® reissue I bought and found that a slightly lower output spec worked best in the semi-hollow body, with outputs of around 9.6k for the bridge and 8.7k for the neck - a good calibrated set with much better volume balance between bridge & neck pickup as you switch through the positions - with less 'boom' at the neck.

    If you'd like my Classic '71 pickup with the vintage slightly higher output, you can find it here.

    I don't use 'off the shelf' parts for my Wide Range Humbuckers, all my parts are custom manufactured to my own specifications and I also don't use standard Gibson/Humbucker sized bobbins under the cover and thinner 43AWG wire to achieve the desired output reading. I make my own full-size bobbins, handwound with thicker 42AWG coil wire for that classic sparkle and clear, defined Wide Range Tone.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern reissue & original Starcaster® Wide Range Humbuckers.

    Available in Nickel or Chrome covers, Aged Nickel, Aged Chrome & the slightly more Yellowish Bare Nickel that I've had custom made with a slightly higher copper content for more of an 'Aged Gold' look. You can read the blog post & see photos of my Creamery Wide Range Humbucker Pickup Cover Options here

    They also come with the correct, shorter mounting screws to make sure they fit into your guitar.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern oversized Starcaster® Wide Range Humbuckers, if you're looking for standard/regular Gibson / PAF sized versions, have a look at my Baby '71 Wide Range Humbuckers - They're made to the same design but in the smaller, regular humbucker size..

     

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  • Modern Wide Range/Thinline Tele, Custom & Deluxe Humbucker

    Modern '71


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    Creamery Modern '71 Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker - Reproductions / Replacements

    Magnets Individual Threaded Pole Magnets
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided
    Bridge Output 10.7k
    Neck Output 9.8k

    A great modern, crunchy pickup.

    A true modern replacement for those Fender® Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker reissues. Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a brighter warmth than my Classic '71 pickups. Individual threaded pole magnets fully charged allow you to dial in each string and match the radius of your neck, these modern versions of the Wide Range humbucker give a more attacking, punchier tone but still with a warmer mid-range than standard single coils with more clarity and spank than a standard humbucker. They're great for breaking up an amp or played just on the edge of break-up for a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a bright sweetness still with the warmth of an overwound pickup.

    I make these without the internal reflector plate to help keep more brightness with coils handwound around full-size Wide Range Humbucker bobbins  - The Creamery Modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker is a direct replacement for those modern muddy reissues with more edge than my vintage replacements.

    Available in Nickel covers, Aged Nickel & the slightly more Yellowish Aged Bare Nickel. I'm currently re-designing the powder coat covers that come in either black or white and hope to have them ready soon.

    A more modern, punchier take on my Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker - A great crunchy pickup.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern Fender® Wide Range / Humbucker reissues.

    Creamery Modern '71 Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker - Reproductions / Replacements - add cartBuy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Modern '71 Wide Range Thinline / Tele Humbuckers here

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    Modern Wide Range/Thinline Tele, Custom & Deluxe Humbucker

    'Extra Width' Wide Range


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    Creamery Extra-Width Wide Range/Thinline Tele Humbucker - Direct Replacement

    Magnets Threaded Pole
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided or 4-Way
    Bridge Output 11.7k
    Neck Output 10.4k

    A great, overwound Wide Range pickup.

    My overwound version & true modern replacement for those Fender® Wide Range / Thinline Tele Humbucker reissue Pickups. Still with the classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth - the overwound nature of the coils gives the pickup more power to push an amp.
    Custom Design baseplate to keep the higher frequencies, custom design ferrous reflector plate, full-size Wide Range Humbucker Pickup bobbins with medium speed scatterwound coils - The Creamery Modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Pickup is a direct replacement for those modern muddy reissues with more edge than my vintage replacements.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement to fit the modern Fender® Wide Range / Humbucker reissue Pickups.

    Available in Nickel covers, Aged Nickel & the slightly more Yellowish Aged Bare Nickel.

    Creamery Extra-Width Wide Range/Thinline Tele Humbucker Pickups - Direct Replacement - add cartBuy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my 'Extra Width' Wide Range Humbucker replacements here

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    Custom Wide Range Humbucker Pickups

    Baby '71 Wide Range for Jazzmaster


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    Creamery Custom Handwound Jazzmaster Pickups - Wide Range Humbucker

    Magnets Individual Threaded Magnets
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
    Bridge Output 9.0k
    Neck Output 7.8k

    Baby '71 Wide Range for Jazzmaster

    A true modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker to fit a standard Jazzmaster without any modifications to your guitar whatsoever. Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string and match the radius of your neck. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output they've more clarity and spank than a standard humbucker. They're great for breaking up an amp or played just on the edge of break-up for a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a bright sweetness still with the warmth of an overwound pickup. Handcrafted flatwork baseplate to keep the higher frequencies, handcrafted ferrous reflector plate, my custom full-size Wide Range Humbucker bobbins with medium speed scatterwound coils - The Creamery Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker for Jazzmaster is a great crunchy pickup.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in replacement for standard Jazzmaster Pickups.

    Creamery Custom Jazzmaster Pickups - Wide Range Humbucker - Add to Cart - Buy OnlineYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Wide Range Humbuckers for Jazzmaster here

    For more information on how I make my Wide Range Humbucker true to the original Seth Lover design, follow the link here

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    Custom Wide Range Humbucker Pickups

    Baby '71 - Standard P90 Dogear Sized


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    Creamery Replacement P90 Pickups - Baby 71 Wide Range Humbucker Standard P90 Dogear sized

    Magnets Individual Threaded Magnets
    Coil Wire 42AWG
    Lead Wire Vintage Braided or Modern 4-Way
    Bridge Output 9.0k
    Neck Output 7.8k

    The Wide Range sound in a standard/regular P90 Dogear size

    Classic fat "Doubled Up" single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright chime & warmth. Individual threaded pole magnets charged to around 2/3rds capacity allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness, these Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker style pickups are a great if you're looking for something more to replace a standard P90 Dogear.

    Slightly brighter with a tighter focus that my full-size Classic '71 Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker repros due to the slightly narrower coil and slightly lower output.

    Available with either Vintage Braided or 4-Way wiring, the cover options are black or cream covers and I can also age them a little.

    A great versatile replacement Wide Range Humbucker Pickup for your Les Paul Junior.

    PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are a direct drop-in to fit a standard regular P90 Dogear Size and unlike a number of other similar styled pickups which are essentially a standard humbucker with bar magnet, these are true to the spirit of the old Seth Lover Wide Range / Thinline humbuckers with threaded magnets and ferrous internal reflector plate.

    Creamery Replacement P90 Pickups - Baby 71 Wide Range Humbucker Standard P90 Dogear sized - add cartYou can buy a calibrated Bridge & Neck set of my Baby '71 Wide Range Humbuckers - Standard P90 Dogear Sized here

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    Wide Range/Thinline Tele, Custom & Deluxe Humbucker

    Reissue Upgrades


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    Modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Reissue - Upgrade

    As you can see from the picture, the modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker Telecaster Reissues are simply standard Humbucker sized coils encased in wax to fit the larger Wide Range Cover. As with standard Humbuckers they feature a bar magnet underneath, the difference being the use of threaded slugs to mimic the threaded magnets of the original late '60s-70s pickups. Having a bar magnet underneath the slugs means these pickups will have a different voice to the clarity, definition and fat brighter tone associated with the original, vintage versions.

    If you'd like to upgrade these reissues you have in your guitar then now you can:

    If you'd like to upgrade a set of Wide Range / Thinline Reissue Tele Humbuckers - Please click here for the set discount rates 

    In all cases the pickup will look the same with your original Fender® logo cover & discounts are available for sets of pickups.

    I can upgrde your Fender® reissue Wide Range / Thinline Tele, Custom & Deluxe Humbuckers to full vintage specifications. Choose from one of the three options below.

    PLEASE NOTE: I'm unable to upgrade Option ONE & TWO with 4-way wire for coil-splits etc. The plastic bobbins have tiny lugs attacked to them on the underside where the coil wire is soldered to the hookup wire. The danger in replacing this wire with 4 way is that the coil can be easily damaged as the plastic surrounding the tiny lugs tends to melt and break the coil wire, rendering the pickup dead. I have successfully performed this wire switch in the past but its just a risk I don't like to take. Option THREE can have 4-way wire as I use my own larger, custom made bobbins.

    Read my blog post which runs through the Option Three Wide Range Humbucker Reissue Upgrade here

    Option Three Tele Custom / Deluxe Neck Upgrade - Video Demo

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    Creamery Custom Wide Range Humbucker Reissue Upgrade Option One

    OPTION ONE

    I'll carefully replace the bar magnet and slugs, replacing them with a full set of threaded magnets as found in my humbucker sized WR Humbuckers above. While not recreating the tone of the originals, this modification will open up the sound, giving more clarity, bloom, better string definition and a bright warmth with tighter bass response. A great upgrade if you're looking to breathe some life into your pickups for more of a "doubled-up" single coil tone. I can also reccomend potentimeter sizes & capacitors to work with, my personal. Once the work is done the pickup will be wax-potted if requested. This option is non-destructive, the original set-up can be re-instated at a later date should you require it

    £30 per pickup / £50 per set


    Creamery Custom Wide Range Humbucker Reissue Upgrade Option Two

    OPTION TWO

    Similar to OPTION ONE except that the three hidden threaded pole magnets on either side will be replaced by custom Alnico 2 rod magnets giving a little more warmth & mid-range to the pickup. I carefully take the pickup apart, protecting the coils whilst I ream away the thread on the hidden poles to accomodate the new Alnico 2 Pole Rod Magnets. As with OPTION ONE, I can also reccomend potentimeter sizes & capacitors to work with based on your guitar configuration. Once the work is done the pickup will be wax-potted if requested. This option is destructive only in the sense that the three hidden polepiece holes on each bobbin are widened slightly to accomodate the Alnico 2 magnets. Should you require the pickup to be re-worked to its original state at a later date, this can be achieved with simple dowels to plug the wider holes, then drilled & threaded for the original slugs.

    Both these options can be mixed to create a set of Bridge & Neck Upgrades.

    £35 per pickup / £60 per set


    Creamery Custom Wide Range Humbucker Reissue Upgrade Option Three

    OPTION THREE

    Here I'd take your exiting pickup, remove the existing coils, magnet & slugs and replace them with two full size handwound coils (see pic) wrapped around my handmade bobbins with threaded magnets and custom handmade reflector plate. Essentially a true Wide Range Humbucker pickup with the great warmth and tone similar to that of the original. I wind the coils to a slight variation on the original spec to account for the modern version of the threaded magnets.

    I wind the bridge coils to the same output as the original, reducing the neck slightly for better calibration of volume & tone between pickups. A true replacement for the modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker replacements. Classic fat single coil tones - Great clarity and string definition with a bright warmth. The Individual threaded pole magnets allow you to dial in each string. A warmer mid-range than standard single coils and with a higher output, they're great for breaking up an amp. With a great fat bridge tone sounding akin to a "doubled-up" Tele and a neck with a warm, sweet brightness.

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    £90 per pickup /  £170 per set

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  • Original Threaded Pole Magnets

    Like the original, the pickup has threaded adjustable magnets just like the original. CuNiFe is prohibitively expensive now so these new Wide Range/Thinline humbucker style pickups use FeCrCo which is very similar to Alnico but with more stable magnetic properties, 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.

    As the FeCrCo threaded magnets could be more aligned with Alnico 5 in terms of 'colouring the sound' I'm offering two options on the direct drop-in replacements. One version with 12 threaded poles which keeps the brighter attack and another version with six adjustable threaded poles and six corresponding Alnico 2 rod magnets to give a slightly warmer tone.

     

    Calibrated Outputs

    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 10.4-10.7k depending on version with the neck slightly lower at around 9.6-9.8k. Of course, if you’d like to keep output to the original specs, I can happily custom wind a set for you.

    For the standard humbucker sized version I tap & thread 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, ferrous reflector plate and nickel silver baseplate are all made by hand here in my workshop.

    So if you’ve a modern day Telecaster Thinline, Custom or Deluxe then you can 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.

    You can read my blog piece about them here

     

    How I make Them

    With the Wide Range Pickups I spent a good 18mths working on designs and prototypes before deciding on the final specifications. I tried a number of materials with different thickness baseplates and internal bobbin construction before finalising the design. A lot of work went into these pickups.

    I use a thinner, custom manufactured nickel silver baseplate that I handwork to create the mounting lugs. The covers have been custom manufactured with slightly rounder corners as I'm not a fan of the more box-like versions of the modern reissues. They're made again from a thinner nickel silver to stop more of the higher frequencies from being rolled off which can happen with thicker metal.

    I tried a number of different internal bobbin options and material to get what I thought was the best sound, finally deciding on a strong yet flexible 3D printed design as the best for what I wanted to achieve. Ideally I’d like to use the old Burns Tri-Sonic method of ‘air’ coils, coils without a bobbin or structure, just pure coil wrapped up with a flexible tape and pushed/pressed around the magnets/bushings. I just find this gives the richest sound rather than a uniform (and better looking) coil as the chaos of coil wire directions produce a richer harmonic sound which is what I wanted for the Wide Range Humbucker but I have to balance this with customer expectations of the replica/reproduction of a classic design that many know and love (myself included.) With this in mind, the compromise I came up with was the use the custom made 3D printed bobbins that I can press, twist and manipulate a little immediately after the necesary wax potting to alter further away from the handwound/scatterwound pattern. I then fit all the components together to make the final pickup and wax-pot again. The downside to this method is that they can look ugly, a little malformed and not uniform in the way a standard humbucker bobbin looks if you slip off the cover but I do think the pickups sound better for it, its just one of the decisions I took when making the final prototype. 

    I use white coloured versions as the originals had a very thin clear/whiteish bobbins that again wouldn’t have won any prizes for aesthetics but they were always meant to be covered pickups. I do make coverless versions of my Wide Ranges with handcut fibrework plates over the bobbins as of course, atheistically the coils need to look good for a coverless pickup.

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