So, Fender at long last is making the CuNiFe WRHB again ...

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  1. Rev Hoodoo

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    I'd expected to see some mention around here about that. Seems they worked out a deal with a foundry to make the material once again and are installing the pickups in some of the new models shown at NAMM. Heard a few demos and they seem to have it nailed pretty well. I expect if the prices are anywhere near reasonable that they'll sell a lot of these as upgrades. I expect a lot of folks will complain about the price of the upper end USA made models that use the pickup. And there's bound to be confusion as I'm sure they continue to use the models that don't use CuNiFe in less expensive guitars. But overall seems like a good move if as their video demos claim they have exclusive distribution rights to the material.
     
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    Thanks, I admit my search was cursory.
     
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    Pls,
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    No worries. It's a rather big deal to have CuNiFe back so I understand everyone's excitement.
     
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    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

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    Wow, if this is right, wow .....
     
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    The return of...wait for it... unobtanium.
     
  7. Rev Hoodoo

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    Thank you. Somebody had to say it.
     
  8. Rev Hoodoo

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    What's striking to me is that this must not have been a priority for Fender for all these years. I mean, if all it took was finding a foundry to make it I've gotta believe it could easily have been done sooner by them. Might not be feasible financially for smaller, boutique pickup builders. But seems Fender could have ponied up a long time ago. But Fender is a big business and if they thought they could get away selling the look instead of the actual sound it makes sense that they waited this long. I keep wondering if there is a gotcha somewhere as I would have expected the to make a much bigger deal of this. I like the demos I've heard of the American Original 70's with this pickup in it. They claim that Shaw designed the bridge pickup to compliment it. Seemed to be real balanced sounding. Time will tell.
     
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    Do we know if they are constructing it correctly yet? Is it possible they are just substituting the material and leaving the construction the half-assed way they’ve been doing it?

    EDIT: got my question answered in another thread. The pole pieces are the magnets. No more bar magnet.
     
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    I've got one of the modern ones, a neck model, in the bridge of a partscaster and I like it alright. No idea if it's ceramic or not. I was kinda hoping they were doing both these new pickups in CuNiFe but I'm sure it probably sounds alright regardless.

    This is a bit like Gibson's Firebird pickup. They're all ceramic now and a lot of purists seem to prefer the AlNiCo and so go aftermarket.
     
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    Telenator(member here) was making and marketing CuNiFe WRHB's for quite sometime until his supply of the material was depleted.

    Seems Fender would have shut him down if they were the only ones legally to use the CuNiFe in WRHB format.

    I was around for the initial wave of WRHB's. I wasn't overly impressed. But, some people liked them due to being in a tele configuration.

    They were quiet, not really a single coil sound or a true humbucker sound either. Somewhere inbetween.

    Now that the WRHB has reached legend status and they can get around $2000 for a Tele Custom. They decided to recreate and market a new offering.

    Somebody will buy it.
     
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    I'm probably that somebody. I love that sound partway between a single coil and a humbucker, but I just can't justify the money for a 70's era one and don't really think the current ones capture the sound.



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