I switched out the “stock” pickups on my 2009 FSR American Standard Tele for some hand-wound ones I got from Capsule Music in Toronto. They have a guy from Kingston called “Pickup Wizard” who does all their rewinding jobs, and also winds his own. I had put a set into my 2006 American series Stratocaster a few weeks ago and they sound great! So I bought a set for my Tele.
As you can see there were a couple of snags in the install…firstly when I had to take the bridge off (and a couple of the saddles too!) and then when the mounting screws for the neck pickup were too narrow, and in order to get the pickup to stay put (at least until I can get the proper screws!) I taped it in place with some fabric tape I use for my unframed paintings!
But…in the end it all worked and they sound great. Interestingly, the “stock” bridge pickup has a Fencer Custom Shop sticker on its base…and both the neck and bridge pickups had cloth wiring, which leads me to believe that the prior owner had upgraded the stock pickups. But the soldering looked original…so perhaps Fender was putting Custom Shop pickups in some FSR Telecasters? I doubt it!
Toronto, Canada, March 18, 2012.