I decided to start a fresh thread from my WRHB Mod thread to document my experiment. So I turned a regular ash tele body into a '72 Deluxe body and bought a pickguard/pickup assembly for $100. It was very, very used, having been part of a road guitar for over a decade. The reissue pups (MIM) were fine. But that's all they were. And I mean fine as in, plugged into an amp they make noise that sounds like some sort of humbucker. I use a couple of GFS Vintage '59's in my regular fiddle and they are works of sonic art compared to the ri pups. So the theme of this exercise being destruction (see other thread), I give you this: I know you've seen it before, but that's what's under the hood (although usually less rusted from sweat). It's a normal sized 'bucker with a wad of wax/fiber surrounding it to fill in the space under the covers. I kept the wax/fiber for use in re-potting. It's two bobbins stacked atop a single bar magnet secured to the plate with 4 screws. No spacers or keepers. The underside. Now here's what I DO like about these. The bobbins. In the corners are tabs, 2 per bobbin, where the coil wire starts and ends are wrapped. These protrude through the baseplate allowing 2 or 4 wire wiring on the fly. I'm sure it's used on other pups, but I have never seen it before and I think it's boss. This, apparently, is where all the r&d money was focused on the ri designs. The bridge pup was wound with poly wire. It was plain copper colored. The neck, however, was purple/brown, so I assume it's plain enamel. The difference was either part of the sonic design (for all the good it did), or that's what was on hand at the factory that day. The coils were otherwise machine coils - perfectly even and evenly tense from top to bottom. I drilled the bobbins out with a threading bit just wide enough to fit a .187 rod magnet. There's enough threading left over to use the original screws if I go a different way with these. Otherwise, I'm going to rewind using alnico 2 rod magnets and slightly overwound coils of 42 awg. I'll let ya'll know how it sounds!