Early American Standard Neck PU's, what to look for?

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  1. Neener

    Neener Tele-Holic

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    I'm looking to put an early American Standard neck pickup in 'a 90 A, Std I bought that had PU's replaced...

    I'm looking for anything from 89-93 or so...

    What distinguishable features should I be looking for?

    As some of you know from my previous thread (of annoying questions), I have a '93 that has a really nice neck PU. I wouldn't mind finding another one of these, (or something from similar era) but there aren't a lot floating around at the moment.

    I understand not a lot of people like these, but just humor me lol

    Here are some pics of the '93 Am Std PU i'd like to find...

    As always you guys are the best

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  2. Nick Fanis

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    The bridge pickup is horrible ,tiny sounding and harsh,it is not even a real tele pickup ,it lacks a base plate.
    The neck pickup is your typical run of the mill A5 thing.
    Both are really nothing to write home about.
     
  3. Neener

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    Yeah yeah I get it, they aren’t special, I agree with the bridge...I have an OV in the bridge that is great...

    Just looking for the neck PU, which I like.

    I don’t know why everyone has to crap on these pickups lol
     
  4. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I have no useful info for you regarding how to tell what year Am STD pickup is which.
    I'd say you can hunt down someone parting out a guitar and choose the believe what they tell you they are selling.

    I encourage you to hold out for what you are looking for, but in the interim take a minute and check out what Lindy Fralin offers. Perhaps something he winds would be of interest to you. I love mine.

    Fair warning; the replacement pick up rabbit hole has no discernible end.

    Good luck.
     
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  5. Neener

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    Hah you are right. That is why I want to keep it simple and just find an era correct Am Std
     
  6. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Check out a company called "the stratosphere".
    I know he sells under that name on eBay. All he does is part stuff out.

    Also, post a WTB ad in the classified section here on the tdpri. Pretty sure
    Somebody might have something sitting around. I sold a fella a set of pickups that way. It was a good experience.
     
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  7. ZZB3

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    The neck pickup was actually very good and similar to the the Lindy Fralin I had. I did not care for the bridge pickup. Years back you would find threads that praised the neck pup though. Best wishes on your search or the Lindy Fralin neck.
     
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  8. Neener

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    Awesome thank you. I actually have an ad on here and TGP. So hoping someone eventually comes through!
     
  9. Neener

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    Does anyone know what period this pickup is from? Seller says it's American Standard. Not sure how to confirm

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  10. mschafft

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    Very long shot here... in strats the current player pickups are said to be very close to the former MIA standard pickups. Why not give Tele player pickups a try? Sorry for not being able to be of more help.
     
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  11. 2 Headed Goat

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    That is a AM Std Pickup circa '95 or a bit earlier of later. Confirmation is the stamped part number in the plastic bobbin as well as molded spacer/screw hole scheme which started around the mid 90's on AM Std Strat pickups as well.
    To narrow down the actual year your best bet is going to be other photos/ad listings of same pickups however the revised edition of TheTelecaster book by A.R. Duchossoir may cover these era pickups as well as have photos. Best of Luck!
     
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    I think there was a period where Am Stds used the same part number as MIM standards in the early noughties after Ensenada was rebuilt.

    I would look for any plastic bobbin alnico slug pickup. Black and white plastic wire.

    They're all similar spec and similar sound.
     
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  13. Neener

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    Ideally I'm trying to find these single wire, copper wound PU's, without the stamp...this seems to be used pre-94...suprinsingly impossible to track down!!

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