More on the Fender “Wide Range” Humbucking Pickup: clones and the old competition

Our “wide-range” journey continues … in the second article in the series about the Fender Wide Range Humbucking Pickup, we check out some clones of this device,  and we also consider the most relevant competition it faced when it came out back in the early 1970’s. So: more frequency plots and Q-factors coming right up …. see here!

A little managing of expectations: it will take a while until the posting of the third part of this series of articles … we plan to do some recordings, and compare sound samples … but first the annual GITEC meeting (  on Oct. 12 & 13 in Regensburg, Germany, needs to be organized and run and processed) …

Please stay tuned and do not loose patience!



What’s so special about the Fender “Wide Range” Humbucking Pickup?

In the world of humbucking pickups, the original Fender humbucker – the so-called “Wide-Range” Humbucking Pickup – is a rather special animal. Although it has not achieved the notoriety and status of the Gibson PAF, it does have its fans and enjoys a really good reputation … good enough that several clones have been made available by various pickup manufacturers. Fender has also included reissued of the pickup on several guitars (made by Fender Mexico and Fender/Squier).

At GITEC, we have recently had the possibility to check out and compare original “wide range” humbuckers (with CuNiFe-Magnets), reissues, and some clones. This turned out to be an interesting experience, especially since we also compared sone of the “old competition” (i.e the Gibson humbucker and the Strat pickup).

Our report has the form of three articles. Check  out the first one here!

N.B. In the process, even some theoretical considerations were triggered – these were the basis of the article on the “Q-factor”. All things are connected!