Can someone ID this tele pickup?

Freddy G

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Hey guys,

I dug this pickup out of a drawer....been there for at least 20 years. Is this from the 70s or 80s?

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There's one on Reverb with braided wire, seller says '78-82, 5.9 K Ohm
 
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The earliest Tele bridge pickup with a braided shield hookup lead that I've seen, along with some reasonably convincing evidence that it was original to the guitar, was in a 1978 Telecaster. That's the earliest one I have any confidence in, though I've seen them claimed earlier. The majority of those I have seen are from 1980.

You will likely find an old piece of "white" masking tape covering the bottoms of the poles under that copper base, and you may also find a stamped code on the bobbin, near the eyelets, under it. If you want to bother looking, is another matter, as that code may not say anything useful, if it is even clear enough to read.

I'd pretty confidently date it to very late 70's / very early 80's.
 

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btw - that lead looks a little rough in the middle. If it's damaged and you need to replace it, you can use a scrap from a Fender amp's reverb tank lead and keep it "original" as it's the exact same wire.
 

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btw - that lead looks a little rough in the middle. If it's damaged and you need to replace it, you can use a scrap from a Fender amp's reverb tank lead and keep it "original" as it's the exact same wire.
Thanks J!
Nice tip about the reverb tank wire too. The braid on the pickup is frayed, for sure I will replace it. Just need to find that reverb tank wire!
 


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