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Pairing New Fender CuNiFe WRHB & Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by DavidP, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    I bit the bullet and ordered a new Fender neck CuNiFe WRHB for my 72 Custom Tele. The custom currently has a Brandon Wound WRHB so looking forward to the comparison. There's a SD Jerry Donahue in the bridge that I really like and intend to keep; it works quite nicely with the BW WRHB.

    However, I'm wondering about potential polarity issues with the incoming Fender WRHB. To hopefully avoid having to disassemble after installation, a question for anyone who's put the new WRHB into a Custom...

    Any feedback on pairing the Fender CuNiFe WRHB and a SD bridge single coil? I'm assuming the WRHB has only 2-conductor leads, so would have to run a separate plate ground and reverse the leads on the Jerry Donahue as the easiest option if there's a phase issue.
     
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    Or you could simply reverse the Donahue. Let us know how it works and how it sounds when it's done !
     
  3. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, reverse the Donauhue, but on the Custom that involves near-total disassembly to get at the controls to do it.
    I was hoping that other's experiences may let me get it right the first time!
     
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  4. SbS

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    I put a phase switch with the bridge pickup. So got both options and didn't have to think too hard which way to wire it ;)

    But it already had 3 wires (separate ground), so was easy to do.
     
  5. TeleUpNorth

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    I don’t have any feedback on that, but looking quite forward to a good review of that new WRHB!
     
  6. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Holic

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    hopin to bump this thread - I'm also looking to pair an original 1970s WRHB (neck position) with a compatible bridge pickup.
    More so regarding blend / impedance

    also - has anyone set one up with 500K ohm pots?
    thoughts?
     
  7. Dacious

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    The odds are if it's a Fender bridge you will have to reverse the leads. Simplest way is to clip the earth lead to the baseplate (carefully) and solder a separate earth lead to it. Then flip the two leads at your switch and pot back.
     
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    Contact Duncan and ask them.
     
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