Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker Reissue Upgrade
Wide Range/Thinline Humbucker Reissue Upgrade
Reissue Wide Range Upgrade to True Vintage Spec
Upgrade your Modern Wide Range / Thinline / Deluxe Humbucker Reissue. Open up the tone with more clarity and string definition
As you can see from the picture, the modern Wide Range / Thinline Humbucker 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:
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
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 - £35 per pickup
Both these options can be mixed to create a set of Bridge & Neck Upgrades.
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. If the original baseplate is snagging the magnets as they line up with the cover I'll replace it with one of my handmade nicker silver ones - £91 per pickup
In all cases the pickup will look the same with original Fender® logo cover & discounts are available for sets of pickups.
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.
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Shop Handwound Replacement Wide Range Tele, Thinline & Deluxe Humbucker Pickups here.