The 65T (1965 to 1968) Telecaster lead pickup...
This is the first 'CBS style' pickup design as originally used in Telecasters from
1965 to 1968.
pickup has many modifications compared to earlier 'preCBS'
The amount of coil windings were decreased to match the amount of
windings on the rhythm pickup.
A gray bottom plate was also substituted for the original
issue black bottom plate
First, we start out with a pair
of our own hand machined Forbon (vulcanized fiber) black
top and gray bottom bobbin plates made right in house.
Then we assemble the bobbin with the correct size Alnico V
magnets and insulate the bobbin with a coat of
to protect the coil windings. Then we wind the pickup's
coil with period correct 42 gauge plain enamel wire to
and overwrap the coil with a protective coat of white
string. The pickup is now potted in a clear wax bath to
solidify the coil and protect it,
a copper plated steel 'twang plate' is added, 'vintage
style' cloth covered hookup wire is added to the pickup
and the pickup is repotted
to reduce microphonics. Once the pickup has cooled, it is
tested for power, tone, and microphonics, and a data sheet
is written for each pickup.
pickup is also available in 'RW/RP' (reversed coil winding
direction and magnetic polarity)
for players who want a
'humcancelling' effect in the middle pickup switch
position when used
with the matching 50R
rhythm pickup. If you play with high gain amplifiers and
would like your
pickup made without a twang plate for microphonics
reasons, we can also custom make
your pickups with the height screw holes threaded just
like on a Stratocaster's pickup!
Price $74.95 each