I’d love to hear your advice. Last year I had the original pickup in my ‘53 Esquire rewound by Fralin. The pickup sounds good now, but lost a very tiny bit of air and sparkle. I don’t know if it’s caused by the wax potting, the different wire, etc. but it’s a little more “solid” and less “alive” sounding. Anyways, overall it sounds great and I have no big complains. But, I recently found a ‘52 pickup taken from a Champion lap steel, it’s supposed to be nothing less than an amazing flat polepieces Tele pickup, only with a different bobbin bottom shape. It reads 6.3K so it should be perfect I think, and it’s the same reading the original pickup had when it was healthy. Now the question is, should I leave the guitar alone, or try putting this pickup in? It would involve removing the bridge plate and the original pickup, and send it all to a vintage repair shop abroad, so that they can transplant the pickup baseplate and make the modifications in order to align the screws with the bridge. They can do that, and it’s reversible, but messing with these pieces still means a small % of risk. What’s the most desiderable scenario, a rewound original Esquire pickup, or an untouched healthy pickup that is basically the same as the original, adapted to fit? Most importantly: anyone has experience with how these Champion pickups sound? I remember reading here of someone who was completely amazed by one of those, saying that it was sounding just like the best old Blackguard Tele you could imagine, is it true? Here’s an example of a finished transplant... thanks for any advice guys!