Vintage, True Spec Replacement Wide Range Humbucker Pickup
Custom Made to the original '70s Design
|Magnets||Threaded Pole or Optional Alnico 2|
|Lead Wire||Vintage Braided|
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. 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 Wide Range Humbuckers, if you're looking for standard/regular Gibson 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..
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Shop Handwound Replacement Wide Range Tele, Thinline & Deluxe Humbucker Pickups here.