A story of a pair of Twisted Tele pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by comebackkid, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. comebackkid

    comebackkid Tele-Meister

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    Early August I ordered a set of Twisted Tele pickups from Andertons in the UK. This because of the current exchange rates; its cheaper to buy from the UK than say, Germany (I live in the Netherlands). Anyhow...
    I received them a week or so later. Put them in my Classic 50's tele and wired it all up. I plugged in the guitar and.... No sound from the bridge pickup. OK... Checked the wiring and everything seemed to be in order. To be sure it isn't my wiring, I change out the stock pots and switch for brand new stuff. Still nothing. Pulled out the pup and took it to the multimeter. No readout. So, it's DOA; fair enough, this happens once in a while. Sent an email to Andertons and they contacted Fender. Fender agreed to send me a replacement. Cool.

    Today I get the new set (yes, they sent a whole SET) and take the bridge pickup and install it. Didn't bother to check with the multimeter since I thought; no way this one is doa too. I plug into the amp... There's that great neck tone again! Switching over... No bridge tone... Pulled it out and checked with the multimeter; nothing.
    Just mailed Andertons and I am awaiting their response.

    Anyone had this experience with Fender Custom Shop pickups? And in particular the Twisted Tele set from recent production dates.

    I love these pickups and can't wait to be able to play the guitar too; but no chance, since I keep removing the strings and bridge to remove the pickup....
     
  2. GuitarJonz

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    Kinda sad QC. Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm. If not, move on fer sure.
     
  3. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Afflicted

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    Try touching a soldering iron on the solder blobs on the bobbin base where the coil wires contact the output wires. Very occasionally this will be a point where there is no contact.
     
  4. barker

    barker Tele-Meister

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    Very sad QC indeed. Try and find a local U.K. pickup winder who has a good reputation and have em make you a set.

    I've never been crazy about the Twisted Tele bridge myself, hopefully you don't fall in the same category!
     
  5. comebackkid

    comebackkid Tele-Meister

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    I have two guitars loaded with a set of Twisted Tele pickups and they are by far my most favorite. Sparkling clean, tight bottom end and if you hit 'em right they'll growl and roar for you! ;)
     
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  6. comebackkid

    comebackkid Tele-Meister

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    Andertons have mailed me back with a reply that Fender will test a set first before they send it to me.
    I can keep the other two sets... Maybe I'll try to get both bridge pickups rewound, so I will have two complete sets of Twisted Tele pickups again.
     
  7. ESQUIREoholic

    ESQUIREoholic Tele-Afflicted

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    Really like the Twisted Tele neck pickup. Not that crazy about the bridge - at least for me.
     
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