Bright, Attacking Red '79 Telecaster Bridge Pickup
Inspired by the New Wave/Post Punk era of the late '70s & early '80s, the Red '79 Telecaster Bridge Pickup has that brittle, bright attack associated with much of the music of that era. The lower in output, 42AWG coil wrapped around Custom Alnico 5 magnets gives you that cutting tone great with effects (a little phase, a little chorus ;-). I settled on the final design (after many versions) to create a pickup that has that bright, brittle tone without the ice-pick shrillness of lower wound pickups. To achieve this the coil is wound slightly shorter with a looser scatterwound pattern to achieve the balance I was looking for.
With the staggered magnet the tone is concentrated more around the D & G strings for a spikier attack whereas with the flat pole version the tone is rounded a little more as the tone is spread evenly through all strings. There's also the option to have the pickup without the Telecaster baseplate for more of a cutting stratocaster bridge tone.
If you're looking for a set, the Red '79 can be matched up with my Classic Telecaster Neck and I can custom wind them to create a great calibrated set. Just get in touch.
NOTE: If Red really isn't your thing you can always order it in White or Black vintage String as well ;-)
Magnets: Alnico 5
Poles: Staggered or Flat
Polarity: South Up
Coil Wire: 42AWG Plain Enamel
Lead Wire: Vintage Cloth Pushback
Baseplate: Copper Plated Steel
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Shop Handwound Replacement Telecaster Pickups here.