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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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History of Fender Telecaster Pickups ?

When did Fender switch from Alnico III magnets to Alnico V magnets (1955?) ? When did Fender Telecasters and their pickups become country TWANGERS ??? How are the 50's Telecaster Alnico V pickups differen't in tone vs. 60's Telecaster Alnico V pickups ? How much difference is the early 70's Fender Telecaster Alnico V pickups in tone ?

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Old August 14th, 2010, 03:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old August 14th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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cut n pasted from a Google search using ( provide net "telecaster" )
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* 1950 to March 1964: all models had "black bottom" pickups and cast slug alnico magnets with rounded top edges. Pickups not dated. Pickup wire is usually a real rich cooper color. Pickups are dipped in hot wax to eliminate microphonics, and this wax is evident on the entire pickup. Also the pickup screw "springs" are made out of rubber surgical tubing cut into small 3/8" long pieces.
* March 1964 to late 1970's: most models had "gray bottom" pickups and cast slug alnico magnets. Gray bottom pickups would be the rule, but black bottom pickups were used from old stock as late as 1967. Starting in the early 1970's, the top edges of the magnets were no longer rounded. Most gray bottom pickup assemblies have at least one pickup with a hand written date. By the late 1960's this changed to an inked stamped date code, much like the date code used on the butt of the neck. Most gray bottom pickups have a deep burgundy colored pickup wire. Wax treatment is no longer used in favor of a lacquer dip treatment, which is much harder to see. Pickup screw springs are now actually real cone-shaped springs instead of rubber surgical tubing. Click here for a picture of gray bottom pickups (1970s). Click here for a picture of a November 4, 1964 gray bottom pickup date stamp.

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does anybody out there know how many different models of Tele bridge pickups there has been up until 1980?
If so can anybody list what the different models names were?
First years, 1950 to:
were Broadcasters - which turned into N0-Caster ~wire 43 Alnico-3~

wire 43 did not last more then a year and was swapped out for wire 42
and the Name Telecaster came to be

Alnico 3 was used with 42 - until 54 when Alnico 5 Staggered poles came to be the norm.

some where in late 5o's white cotton string was used over black string

then in the 60's the Grey Bottoms appeared...

then they went back to black string in the 70's

in the 80's we seen, Black Bobbins, flat pole alnico 5's with black rope..



so you have 7 or 8 versions over the years..
( Briefly there was a Red Bottom in mid 80's too I heard those can sound great)

the individual names were more less made up by players,

I hope this helps..

and as a disclaimer - time lines are very hard to nail down, Ive just done my best with time lines - but I'm not firm on them.. ok
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also: There were; Elite Teles with White bar-ish type pups & Seth Lover's WR's
and don't forget, Noise Reduced Sensor Designs by, mid 80's
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What a great summary, many thanks,
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