Enough info in some of these threads for someone to write a guide to 52 reissues! Which would be a good thing, since they had a long production run and many variations. Would love to see someone unpack the pickup variations. I’ve long wanted a 52 RI and have been beaten in online auctions three times! @&$&[email protected]! So I ended up settling for a 52HR. For reasons that remain obscure to me, Fender apparently decided not to use the same bridge pickup as per the 52RI. Instead they used a ‘custom wind’ variant. Quite a few people, including me, do not particularly like this ‘custom wind’ version. But what is the best replacement pickup? There doesn’t appear to be specific 52 pickups being made anymore although you can buy the pickups currently being used in the AO version. I decided to go with 51 Nocasters instead. Haven’t installed yet but looking forward to it. I’ll put the neck pickup in a separate black guard so I can swap between single and humbucker as I wish.