Dating vintage fender pickups

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Serial Numbers are the most accurate method of arriving at an old Hofner's date of manufacture - that is providing it is a Selmer distributed guitar; the European and US market guitars didn't get meaningful serial numbers until 1976.Alternatively, many early archtops have dates of body manufacture written under the table top, just so as to make it really difficult to read!

They are of similar construction to the Rosewood Bar pickups above, apart from the material used for the case.Two aluminium vertical adjustment wheel on threaded mountings were originally fitted between the base and main body of the pickup, (see plastic cased bar pickup below), but unfortunately these are missing from this example.The centre of the pickup has been hollowed out, and five bar magnets surrounded by a hand-wound coil are fitted inside.This arrangement can be easily seen using Because of the construction of the Type 510, it should theoretically be possible to change it to a twin coil humbucker by simply adding another coil to the existing second set of polepieces. converting it into a Type 510 Super, which is described Type 510B bass pickup however is a actually a twin-coil unit, very similar to the Type 3 "Cavern" unit above.It would appear that the only difference between the Type 510B and the Type 3 is that the 510B has one set of adjustable poles exposed through the top of the case.

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