It’s been quite a while since we posted the 2nd part of the article on the Fender Wide Range Humbucker … and it will be a while until we get to the 3rd part. In the meantime, and while you might be waiting, here’s a little teaser that also explains how some new hardware currently developed at GITEC will aid compiling the material for the 3rd part of the article.
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 (https://gitec-forum.de/wp/gitec-jahres-meeting-2019/) on Oct. 12 & 13 in Regensburg, Germany, needs to be organized and run and processed) …
Please stay tuned and do not loose patience!
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!