Fender selling CuNiFe individual neck/bridge pickups online

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  1. logans_tele

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    Woah. $200 apiece? I guess it's cheaper than vintage, but hey.
     
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    Did you think Fender wouldn't capitalize on the unobtanium? Supposedly they have an exclusive supply of the stuff.

    Still waiting for someone to A/B these with the old ones... and maybe some of the boutique WRHBs, as well.
     
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    Of course it is. When I just ordered a Seymour Duncan WRHB from ebay and it's been in transit for a month.
     
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    Do these pickups come in any production guitars? if yes, whats the least expensive one?
     
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    Currently they are only in the American Original Telecaster Custom.
     
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    I have a 1975 Telecaster Custom and my brother has a new 70s American Original Telecaster Custom. I'd like to A/B the guitars but we live in different countries. But I have been recording with his 70s AO Tele Custom and I think it's right there with my 75 (which I think is one of the finest sounding guitars I've ever played) and I like his new guitar better than his original 59 Esquire that I remember buying with him almost 40 years ago--at least for the track we were doing.

    The AO Tele Custom with its nitro paint and CuNiFe WRH is arguably better spec than the originals.

    My brother was keen to do a guitar recording microphone comparison recently so I played his AO for that, although the AO wasn't the focus of the video. But it is in there through his tweed Harvard if that is of any use.

     
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    Any advantage for the 3x3 staggered polepieces when first introduced? Just a gimmick?

    My '74s knocked my socks off on my first strum! They are awesome!
     
  9. Dacious

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    I think it was mostly to distinguish them from PAFs visually TBH.
     
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    Didn't the originals have Fender stamped into the chrome covers?
     
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    Yes, and so do the new ones. Look closely, or zoom in.
     
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    Yes! I know we're living in unusual times, but I would have thought that the rerelease of one of our most legendary and coveted vintage pickups would have garnered more youtube demo attention.

    I know those AO Customs are selling, because I obsessively refresh the Sweetwater listings for them! (I want the Sunburst like in @knavel 's video!)

    Anybody else out in TDPRI-land got one? I would think that the subset of early AO Custom adopters and TDPRI members would be pretty large.
     
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    Let's see.

    Once these things are truly as available as they were in the 70s, then a lot of guys will go back to finding fault with them, as so many did in those days. I'm just saying, we were not largely awestruck by them when they were easy to find.

    The Lure of Unobtainium!
     
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    I'm not sure if I agree with this or not. The lure of unobtainium absolutely, but in the '70s people were also ripping PAFs out of everything that contained them. People weren't looking for a new or different sound back then, just the high output "super-distortion" type of humbucker.

    It's the guys who wanted something different that started grabbing the unwanted guitars of the '60s and '70s that made them desirable.
     
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    People were ripping Minihums, T-Tops out and shaving Goldtop fronts and necks too....


    Try getting hold of T-tops today. What you're saying is true, but it isn't because of inadequacy of the WRHB or PAF but because everyone wanted to sound like Eric or Jimmy or [insert guitar hero here] and 'everyone' knew they were using Dimarzios or similar. Even when they weren't.
     
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    Interesting they have a bridge version. Might be interesting to take one of the new roadworn vintera Deluxes and put these in!
     
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    The neck version has 50mm pole spacing and the bridge has 52mm to allow for the fan out of the strings.
     
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    Yeah I was just thinking that the only guitar we’ve seen with them was the Custom. This confirms a Deluxe is possible and may be coming soon
     
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    And a Thinline??
     
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    This is pretty much how I remember the 70's... everyone decided that massively overwound humbuckers, brass hardware, and boat-anchor bodies were the answer to everything.

    They weren't.
     
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