The 69T (1968 to 1980) Telecaster lead pickup...
This is the second 'CBS style' pickup design
as originally used in Telecasters from
1968 to 1980.
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 nitrocellulose
to protect the coil windings. Then we wind the
pickup's coil with period correct 42 gauge plain
enamel wire to original specification,
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, 'modern
style' vinyl coated 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
This 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
65R rhythm pickup.