The 50B/50E 'Broadcaster' style lead pickup
The 50B is
our rendition of Fender's first
Broadcaster/Nocaster/Esquire lead pickup,
originally used from 1950 to 1952.
First, we start out
with a pair of our own hand machined Forbon
(vulcanized fiber) bobbin plates made right in
Then we assemble the bobbin with the correct
size Alnico III magnets and insulate the bobbin
with a coat of nitrocellulose lacquer
to protect the coil windings.Then we wind the
pickup's coil with period correct 43 gauge plain
enamel wire to customer specification,
and overwrap the coil with a protective coat of
white string. The pickup is now potted in a
black wax bath
to solidify the coil and protect it, a zinc
plated steel 'twang plate' is added, and the
pickup is repotted to reduce microphonics.
pickup is also available in two different versions
- if you would like an 'extra hot'
version for a screaming hot
Esquire tone - just ask for the 50E.
This pickup is also
available in 'RW/RP' (reverse coil winding direction and
for players who want
a 'humbucking' effect in the pickup selector's
middle switch position
when used with the matching 50R rhythm pickup.