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

Buyer beware when buying the cheap aftermarket Toaster looking pickups. It is made to resemble a Toaster but is NOT made by Rickenbacker, and it's innards and tone are NOTHING like the Rickenbacker 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 a Coke can and selling it as Coke!

Here is a pictorial of me dissecting the copy pickup 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.

Post repair summary notes

  • The major difference with the copy pickups are they are actually a mini humbucker with 2 ceramic barmagnets, instead of 1/4 inch rod magnets.
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Here is the end result after my repair

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Top is a vintage Rickenbacker Toaster, Bottom the aftermarket copy."

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From here you can see there are the copy is sans 1/4 rod magnets.

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Here they are disassembled once again notice the 1/4 rod magnets on top and the humbucker on the bottom..

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Here is my replacement pickup and the humbucker removed.

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My bobbins installed in the housing.

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This model uses the flush bottom magnets.

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