Is this a legit Baja Broadcaster pickup?

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  1. parademe

    parademe Tele-Meister

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    Hi all.
    I bought this pickup advertised as "Fender Custom Shop designed Baja Broadcaster bridge pickup". The former owner changed the leads to 22 awg cloth covered wire for aesthetic reasons he said. Output seems to be alright, being 9.3 kOhms. There's also the usual fabric between base plate and bottom of the pickup itself.

    Now what made me question its authenticity was the sloppy string wrapping. I never saw a Fender pickup where you could see the actual coil through the string wrapped around it. The string itself also seems to be a bit heavy in gauge.

    Should I be worried? Or just embrace those imperfections as an exception of the rule that everything's perfect at the Custom Shop?

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  2. Lies&Distortion

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    I have no idea, but "changing the leads for aesthetic reasons"?

    People do that? Why????
     
  3. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    Its dangerous redoing the leads. Personally I d never do it for appearence. You never see them. That makes no sense to me.
     
  4. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    BTW theres a thread on this p-up. Concensus is that it sounds ok , but nothing special. It sounds much better w a non-maple fingerboard.Whats your body /neck woods ?
     
  5. archetype

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    Hold on. I'd point out that one thread does not make a consensus, and a consensus is something that doesn't occur in the world of pickups. :)

    Lots of folks, including me, think the fat twang of Fender's current Broadcaster pickups is something special.
     
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  6. Lies&Distortion

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    Yeah, there's an owners club thread that would disagree as well.

    I like the pickup. But it's the only telecaster bridge pick up I am familiar with. So I can't say I like "X" better.

    Anyway, the question was is this one real?
     
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    I've read the output measurements are around 9 ,so it is the range.
     
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    IF it is what it claims to be (i.e. the Baja's CS Broadcaster) then it's exactly what I've been looking for. Whatever the consensus might be - I want that Baja 50s/American Std. flavor.

    As for the leads - yeah, I don't know. Price was right and and solder work/coil connection looked OK so I didn't really worry. Some people do funny things.
     
  9. Teleterr

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    I went back and checked out threads about your p-up. One guy said his had cloth. So its possible that your seller might have misspoke about changing leads, misrembered or was aware that most had plastic and wanted to reassure you it was real.

    BTW the thread looks the same as my '07 and '14 ones.
     
  10. parademe

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    The leads are new, there is no wax on them and you can see the melted wax around the eyelets from the solder work. It's a clean job though. The Broadcaster pickup on the AmStd (around '14 til '17?) had cloth wire.

    So you're saying this sloppy coil wrap is nothing unusual?

    The pole pieces are .187 in diameter, which also indicates that this is an original one, I guess.
     
  11. Teleterr

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    To clarify its the same size twine. No coil showing on either but they re on the guitar so you can t see everything.
     
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    I just checked polarity - it's North up so I guess I'm on the safe side.
     
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