Can anybody ID this Stratocaster humbucker?

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  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Tele-Meister

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    I just got a 2006 American Deluxe HSS Fat Strat. The seller said the bridge humbucker had been replaced and that the technician told him it was a Seymour Duncan, which seems wrong because it says Fender on the back. 752C0A0D-27B8-410B-BC44-CD332E11AE29.jpeg 5DC31A88-7F10-4E83-8C17-7D5C63AE9EEF.jpeg
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    I have s MIM Strat that has that same pickup in it. Late 90s.
     
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    The back plate/wiring attachments look like the ones installed in Guild electrics when Fender owned the company. When Fender took over Guild they were installing Seymour Duncans. Apparently they were excellent humbuckers.
     
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    I reckon a relevant test would be to measure its resistance. Unless you feel like disconnecting it, set Volume to max, and measure resistance across a guitar cord plugged into the jack.

    I have a Fender Hb, that looks like that and it's 8.4k, but there are others.
     
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    I was going to say it's a Fender because of the back plate but the screws show evidence of removal. So perhaps the Gretsch/SD connection noted above is true.

    I tend to find more SDs muddy, so if you do too that may be a downgrade not an upgrade for you.

    You can fix muddy pickups with a series cap on the pickup hot lead(s) and get back more boutique hand-wound clarity and brightness. Raising the screw poles and lowering the pickup can get some clarity back too.

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    Could a Seymour Duncan humbucker have the Fender logo in that type of situation? The other reason I thought it wasn’t a Seymour Duncan is that all the SD humbuckers I see online have a little square hole to on the front and this one doesn’t.
     
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    Duncan doesn't use the four solder posts on their humbuckers. That is a Fender pickup.
     
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    If it's on a 2004 or thereabouts Fender Deluxe HSS Strat then could be a Fender DH-1.

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    The humbucker appears to be parchment and the other pickups aged white which would confirm the swap.
    Should have read the full post, sorry.

    The Fender generic humbucker is the DH-1 which came in 3 flavors. The marketing names were more numerous and often a touch extravagant.

    The best way to identify it is by the DC resistance as follows:

    The Standard DH-1 is an 8.3kOhm Alnico 5 bridge humbucker also called Tex Mex, Diamondback etc.

    The Hot Rod DH-1 is 15.7kOhm Alnico 5 bridge otherwise known as Atomic

    The Side Winder is a hot 24kOhm ceramic bridge also called The Enforcer
     
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    So, the HD-1 is actually that same as a diamond back and a Tex Mex?
     
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