52 Hot Rod Tele neck pickup: mini humbucker or Firebird style?

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  1. El Tele Lobo

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    Just wondering for anyone who has the ‘52 Hot Rod Telecaster, is the Seymour Duncan neck pickup a mini humbucker or a Firebird-style pickup? I always thought it was a mini humbucker, but other mini humbuckers I’ve seen have exposed pole pieces and the Duncan doesn’t...It’s more like a Seymour Duncan-branded Firebird-style cover. Does anyone who owns one or knows about them have the answer?
     
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    From the description, i'd thought it was a mini too. Even Seymour's site is vague in the build descriptions, which allude to "sounding like" a FB.

    Hoping someone has removed a cover & taken a gander.
     
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    OEM is a mini hum
     
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    The pickup in the Hotrod 52 is the Seymour Duncan SM 1N. It is a Firebird style mini hum not the Les Paul Deluxe style mini hum.

     
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    Good catch!

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    Right...that's the thing. Mini hums and Firebirds are totally different beasts under the hood. I played a '52 Hot Rod once in a shop...and I swear, if I'd had the funds handy that day, it would have gone home with me. I liked that neck pickup that much.

    Maybe one of these days I'll build one and try one of Rob's Phoenix pickups in the neck.
     
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    That's the page I was looking at. He lists it "sounding like" but no build info.

    What's the difference between the SM1-N & an Antiquity Firebird? Both describe Firebird tone from the description. This is kinda my beef with that pickup footprint. People call a mini a FB & vice versa. It's not. 1 is a FB pickup & 1 is a mini-HB.
     
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    From what I understand, the SM1 is a FB type. The SM2 & 3 are minihums under the covers.
     
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    I've recently wondered if the mini hum and the Firebird are the same physical size and are interchangeable.
     
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