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Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by parisdobermans, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. parisdobermans

    parisdobermans TDPRI Member

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    I just picked up a 2012 Fender CS Danny Gatton tele; but the good folks at Fender CS can't seem to agree on the pup's....some say Special designed by Bill Lawrence; other say Joe Barden, and others state Fender special design pup's. Anyone clarify this or was it a 3 option thang in 2012?
     
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    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    RIP Danny Gatton. Now, to your question - Do you have some pics of the pups you could put out here? That might help. Also, nice choice in Tele BTW!
     
  3. parisdobermans

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    I'm of a different opinion.

    Here's one of my Teles with Bardens. Bought directly from Joe in the early noughties before he was JBE and the bridge was returned for a repair to confirm their originality.

    The top of the neck pick up on mine appears to be 2-pieces or has a line down the centre. I don't see this on yours.

    Mine are definitely Bardens. I'm not sure about yours.

    I hope this helps. :)
     

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    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    @parisdobermans Should you ever get a chance to look the backside of the pups, they may be marked in some way there.
     
  7. PeterUK

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    Check out this one on eBay:

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=224050077495

    The seller states in the description that:

    I recall the date being correct but it wasn't a dispute. From memory Joe had some supplier problems which forced him out of business and the Fender CS approached Bill Lawrence, the pick up master to recreate a Barden-esque twin bladed pick up.

    I've borrowed a picture from the auction and the bridge pick up seems to have a two-part top and the seller claims his are Barden's too. :)
     

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  8. Pips

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    Horrible, they better be at least a lot better sounding, I doubt it.
     
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    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    Maybe all three mean the same thing.
     
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    John E Friend of Leo's

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    Yes I thought I remember them being Barden pickups in those until there was some issue where Fender changed to a Barden spec'ed pickup built by Bill Lawrence. Based on the date (2012) I would expect you have the Lawrence version.

    I'm sure they are really good pickups either way.
     
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    posted in wrong thread
     
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