Telecaster Bridge Pickups ID please.

Spazmodic1

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First post. Strat-Talk member since 2014. Directed hwere by the members there who had no clue.

Recent Estate sale find, previous owner passed away, niece liquidating the hoarder house, I have found many relics from the 60's, 70's and 80's in the house and out buildings. These 2 are as yet unidentified and I need your help if you please.

Pickup #1 - Black Bobbin Reads 5.93
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Pickup #2 Grey/Green Bobbin ? I did find an article that tells me it is 1964 and later. Plate not on pickup when I found it. I will be going back to look for it.

No readings as it may need a rewind or just to fix the lead solder. The guy was a modder so he messed with almost everything I have found.

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Hello and welcome,

I can't tell you what these are but I can tell you these are definitely not Fender pickups from 60s or 70s.

To my knowledge Fender never used shielded wire, of course this could have been changed at a later.

Fender only used black cotton up to 1964. In fact, even the black cotton was white but the pickups were potted in black wax. In 1964, they stopped using black wax so all PUs after this were white. However, the fretwork is definitely not early Fender, it looks too clean cut for early Fenders which were stamped and not cut. Also, this doesn't have notches where the wires are wrapped around the eyelets, Fender flatwork does.

Sorry I can't be more help.
 

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1970s telecaster customs had bridge pups with shielded wire and i think the first pickup may be one of those. The 2nd also looks like 1970s fender to me (with replaced leads obviously) but a bit earlier.

This is a Tele Custom bridge PU:

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1970s telecaster customs had bridge pups with shielded wire and i think the first pickup may be one of those. The 2nd also looks like 1970s fender to me (with replaced leads obviously) but a bit earlier.

This is a Tele Custom bridge PU:

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Yes in this same place I retrieved 1974 Strat pickups so it aligns if these are 1970's as well.
 

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Also found a SD Tele Bridge Pickup as well. Might be an Antiquity '55 based on design, reading and poles?

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@Spazmodic1: Seymours Ants don‘t have stamped back plates. This is an production model. Most likely an Vintage 54.
"Ants"? Sorry - I can't understand what that means but I agree - these aren't Fender pickups of any vintage. They're definitely aftermarket brands with different wire. Fender doesn't solder their pickup plates like the one in the first post. The ground is always soldered to the side inline with the edge of the elevation plate.
 

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"Ants"? Sorry - I can't understand what that means but I agree - these aren't Fender pickups of any vintage. They're definitely aftermarket brands with different wire. Fender doesn't solder their pickup plates like the one in the first post. The ground is always soldered to the side inline with the edge of the elevation plate.
Antiquities, I would guess
 

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"Ants"? Sorry - I can't understand what that means but I agree - these aren't Fender pickups of any vintage. They're definitely aftermarket brands with different wire. Fender doesn't solder their pickup plates like the one in the first post. The ground is always soldered to the side inline with the edge of the elevation plate.
Seymour W. Duncan‘s Antiquity Series is called Ants.
 

Spazmodic1

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1970s telecaster customs had bridge pups with shielded wire and i think the first pickup may be one of those. The 2nd also looks like 1970s fender to me (with replaced leads obviously) but a bit earlier.

This is a Tele Custom bridge PU:

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I think I may have to be braver and take the plate off and see.

Also on the first one, I missed this before, it looks to have a stamp here above the leads below the green mark, I will have to look closer and get a better photo.

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Spazmodic1

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Yep first pickup has a 6 digit code there, hard to read. 18257* or 18357*

Maybe 74

I just sold a 1974 Neck & Middle Strat set I got from the same estate.
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