The 65T (1965 to 1968) Telecaster lead pickup...

Soundclips 65R/65T used together (middle position) 65T (1965 Tele lead type) alone


This is the first 'CBS style' pickup design as originally used
in Telecasters from 1965 to 1968.

This pickup has many modifications compared to earlier 'preCBS' pickups.
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 nitrocellulose lacquer
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, '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

    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