Hot tele pickups original??

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Joejitsu, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Joejitsu

    Joejitsu TDPRI Member

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    okay, I’m pretty sure I already know the answer to this one. I picked up this 1968 tele that is supposed to be original electronics. However, the neck pickup reads around 11.5 and the bridge pickup 16.5. There is no way they came that overwound from the factory right? I’m sure a rewind must have been done at some point?
     
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    There should be some online resources that give general ohm on pickup years.

    1. Could be original pickups
    2. Pickups could be damaged in someway
    2. Could be re-wound
    3. Could be replacement pickups
    4. Check your multi meter for proper functionality
    5. Long shot could be wiring/pot issue causing high readings

    I'd suspect it's one of these. BUT if you like the sound of them, go with it.
     
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    My only comment is.....how does the guitar sound?
     
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    The guitar sounds pretty good, but the output is definitely less jangly and more hot that I am used to.
     
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    They are absolutely rewound or aftermarket pickups.
     
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    I mailed the pickups off to Lindy Fralin today. He’s going to check them for me. Hopefully they are original and just rewound.
     
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    Are they grey bobbin underside - they looked like cardboard? Some 70s had ink stamps underneath but many had nothing.

    I would say they're not original - 6-7 neck and 5-6 bridge for 60s would be more typical.
     
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    Most important is there pictures of this guitar?
     
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