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Mod: Rework a cheap aftermarket Mosrite copy pickup to vintage spec

This is cheap reissue pickup that was made to resemble and sold as a Moserite Reissue pickup. Sadly like many other reissue pickups I have seen, it is made to LOOK like the original but is NOTHING like it on the inside. It is akin to putting antifreeze in a Coke can and selling it as Coke!

Here is a pictorial of me dissecting a reissue side by side with the real deal, it concludes with me making a correct replacement pickup for the casing so it will sound AND look like the original.

I can do such rework for you as well for the cost of $130 per pickup.

Post repair notes

  • The steel rods and ceramic bar magnet is woefully inadequate and in NO way could accurately reproduce the tone of opposing AlNiCo bar magnets and screw pole pieces.
  • The Bobbin shape was WAY to tall and narrow and looked more like a Strat pickup. I constructed bobbin modeled after my vintage Moserite and wound with #43 wire.
  • The pickup was potted in what appeared to be straight paraffin wax which has an effect on the tone. I can leave it unpotted or lacquer or wax pot it if you wish.
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As I received the Reissues pickup

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Bottom

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The reissue is taller .9" Vintage .75"

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Cover off, it is clear to see the bobbins are COMPLETELY different also notice the .25" steel slugs instead of Screws

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Bottoms Reissue has a single Ceramic magnet like the cheap Fender reissues. The vintage has the opposing bar magnets.

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Another shot of the coils

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My bobbins modeled after my vintage Mosrite

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Here it is wound

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Bobbin installed in the Reissue cover.

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Flipped over

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Opposing bar magnets, still looking for the vintage correct type magnets.

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Cover ready to go back on.

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