Blackguard Pickup Specs
After looking over some '53 Tele/Esquire specs from the Blackguard book, I noticed the average bridge output was 6.29 and the average neck output was 5.83. The highest bridge output was 7.29 with the lowest being 5.69. The hottest neck was 6.97 with the lowest being 4.93. A few questions:
Are these numbers indicative of the '52-'53 era or just a small glimpse? They seem much lower than what most pickup winders call their "Blackguard" pickups. Even Fender's OV pups are considerably hotter. Are pickup winders just responding to the demand for hotter pups or are most of the specs I found considerably low? Perhaps winders base their specs on the "hotter" side of vintage spec?
Were all bridge pups 42g wire and Alnico III in '52/'53. Were the neck pups Alnico II or III? They were all 43g wire, correct? What about the covers?... brass, brass chrome, something else?
Is the low output why vintage Tele pups sound sweet but new hotter neck pups sound muddy?
It just seems like so many people want "vintage tone", but then want to use hotter pickups than were on most vintage Teles. Then again, I'm just guessing here, so please set me straight.
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