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Custom Vintage 2 (Broadcaster) Tele Bridge Pickup
Based on the Classic, fatter, rounder 'Broadcaster' sound of the early '50s
Magnets: Alnico 2
Polarity: South Up
Coil Wire: 43AWG Plain Enamel
Lead Wire: Vintage Cloth Pushback
Baseplate: Zinc Plated Steel
The Vintage "Broadcaster" Bridge Sound
My take on the vintage Telecaster (Broadcaster) bridge pickup of the early '50s. Flat Alnico 2 polepieces pressed into vulcanised flatwork. Wound with thinner 43AWG thin coil wire for a fatter, rounder, hotter sound - Still keeping the classic Tele characteristics, it does roll back the 'twang' a little for an overall fatter sound. Its also my personal favourite of the classic/vintage Tele designs. I do wind my version a little hotter than the originals. I was lucky to have an original on the bench and prototyped and prototyped until I could match the original sound, the results being this slightly overwound design.
Vintage cloth pushback hookup wire, wax potted with vintage zinc plated steel baseplate and vintage style string coil protection make this our homage to the early Telecaster pickups. (The originals had uncoated steel baseplates but these did corrode so I have my baseplates made with a very thin zinc coating to prevent rust. It has no audible effect on the overall sound.)
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Shop Handwound Replacement Telecaster Pickups here.