June 5th, 2012, 12:46 PM
I have a '75 Thinline and love the original Wide Range pickups. A friend bought a brand new '72 Reissue Thinline and I don't like the new pickups at all.
When did the design change in the Fender humbuckers take place?
June 5th, 2012, 01:49 PM
It changed as soon as they started reproducing them. All of the actual vintage ones have the original design, and all of the reissues have a new design, which is similar to the original mostly in cosmetics.
There have been two versions on the reissues. There was a MIJ reissue with ceramic magnets and the current reissues are MIM with alnico magnets. The alnico ones are *much* better than the ceramic ones.
June 5th, 2012, 02:35 PM
What about the MIJ Fenders from '85 in particular? What's the story on those pickups?
June 5th, 2012, 03:06 PM
do the "New" wide range humbuckers sound much different than a regular, ordinary humbucker?
June 5th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Those MIJ guitars from the 80s have the ceramic magnets.
Both of the reissue pickups do sound a little different than typical humbuckers. They tend to be a little less bassy and a little less midrangey, but it depends on what particular humbucker you're comparing them to.
June 5th, 2012, 06:57 PM
From what I understand, the originals had some unique features that aren't usually reproduced: First was the that the magnets were out of CuNiFe (no longer produced), and that instead of having a bar magnet like a PAF, it has 12 magnets, one for each polepiece.
The modern replicas are basically a normal humbucker in a larger cover. Forum member Telenator rebuilds these to be more like the originals, look him up!
June 7th, 2012, 05:42 PM
I'm comparing the MIJs with the original Wide Ranges from the '70s, don't really care how they compare to MIMs or Gibsons from any era.
June 7th, 2012, 09:02 PM
I believe the last year of the original CuNiFe WRHB was 1981...The last production year of the Telecaster Custom (before the RI came about).