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Post subject: Need help identifying pickups! Please help!
Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:10 am
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Hello!

I have two pickups (I've been told that they are made by Fender), but I just can't identify what kind or year they belong to. They are both South polarity - clockwise wounded, and one with grey bottom is around 6k, and the other with black bottom is 6.42k.
Grey bottom pickup has a stamp on the bottom with blured numbers that look like 53179

https://imgur.com/n9d1Qc7
https://imgur.com/8JMWLqP
https://imgur.com/ZomLbJF

https://imgur.com/LCRrlf5
https://imgur.com/jd6soY5
https://imgur.com/jOhht9o

If you have any idea, or any information about these pickups, please share your info!
Thanks in advance!


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Post subject: Re: Need help identifying pickups! Please help!
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:29 pm
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Really no good way to tell positively...
https://ourpastimes.com/how-to-date-fen ... 97946.html
https://www.theguitarmagazine.com/featu ... r-pickups/
https://www.strat-central.com/70sstrats/

Best case, we know they were both made before 1980 (when they went to plastic), OR they are modern reproductions of the pre-1980 design, but most modern "vintage style" pickups use cloth pushback insulation.

Grey vs black... there's a lot of information out there that is conflicting, most claiming that black stopped in '64, then came back in '71 (grey got "darker")... but I've found plenty of examples of '74 and later with grey bobbins.
The enamel insulation is consistent with later enamel-insulated windings.
53179 could be 1969 or 1979... but black/red would not be a normal color for the leads (unless it was changed). Black/white and yellow/white would be expected.

Beveled edges on the magnets would normally indicate an earlier build... but it looks like only the D and G are beveled???

But there is no guarantee that they are Fender products.

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