The 55T (1955 to 1960) Telecaster style lead pickup...
is the 'third generation' pickup design as originally used in Telecasters
1955 to 1960, with the D string magnet taller than the G
and both of these magnets taller than the other four
we start out with a pair of our own hand machined Forbon
(vulcanized fiber) 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 lacquer
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
and a data sheet is written for each pickup.
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 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