A NOTE ABOUT SOUND CLIPS:
Corporate marketing hype has made it mostly necessary to include sound clips and resistance specifications. Both have very limited meaning and are, in many ways, lies. The best player can make the lousiest guitar loaded with the cheapest pickups played through the lamest amp sound downright amazing. For that reason I feel that clips are misleading. Clips let you hear almost everything except the pickup and primarily the amp in a controlled environment that’s not readily reproducible. Please take these thoughts into consideration.
Guitar: Telecaster Thinline
Amp: Deluxe Reverb
Brandon Wiewel –
The pickups sound absolutely beautiful, just a wonderful balance of clarity and warmth. I know it is subjective but the bridge is the best bridge pickup I have ever heard, I’m not exaggerating, and the neck is just what I was looking for. I ended up using a 1meg volume pot for the neck. I knew I was going to want as much range and clarity I could get from it for my application. For the bridge I ran a 500k volume but ended up putting a 240 meg resistor in series with it on a switch to open it up a bit more if desired. I used 500k tone pots for both with a .47 on bridge and .22 on neck.
Not the best pictures, I still need to decide on my headstock graphic. Neck was made by Attila, really nice work.
Anyway thank you and I will be using you for any pickup projects I have!
Jonathan Simms –
Back in 1999 I played a ’75 tele deluxe at Guitar Center. Everything about this guitar to me said “take me I’m yours”, however I thought (stupidly) “I dunno if I should blow $825 on another guitar” and walked out without it.
21 years later, Fender reissues the telecaster deluxe and I pick up a Vintera with the sunburst I always wanted. The one thing that needed fixing was the pickups: they were dull and uninspiring humbuckers packaged as WHRBs.
There were a few options to choose from, and I had a specific requirement: I wanted to be able to split the coils, so I needed a 4 wire conductor. Several other makers told me in no uncertain terms that I was “doing it wrong.” When I talked to Jesse, however, he told me he’d make it with either 2 or 4 wires, however I wanted it. He took the time to explain what makes a WRHB different, what he personally loved about the sound, asked me what I wanted to do with them and what kind of stuff I played.
Fast forward to today. After playing these pickups for close to a year now, I can say that they are my favorites. They brought my tele deluxe to life. They have all the chime, sparkle, beef, crunch, all of it. The note definition is fantastic, you hear every note in every chord. They sing sweetly, they bark when you hit them, the neck is soulful and the bridge has just the right amount of bite without piercing. Splitting the pickups works marvelously, and each coil has a different character. The bridge furthest back can do Zappa’s icepick attack, it cuts through a mix like nothing else. The neck split is warm with a different midrange emphasis in each coil.
These WHRBs are unique. They’re without a doubt the most lively and rich humbuckers I’ve played and have made my tele a fantastically versatile instrument. Jesse told me that these were his favorite to play, and it shows in the quality of the build and the sound it produces.
I no longer regret leaving behind that tele all those years ago. I have the perfect deluxe. Get these. You will not be disappointed.
Dmitry Pavlov –
For my build of the Jazzblaster Thinline, I chose the Revel’s Vintage 72 mainly because of the raw covers, which are great for aged bodies and hardware. I was simply amazed at the clarity, articulation and fullness of them, which I installed instead of the more expensive and famous ones. Thanks Jesse, keep up the great work!
Tom Frye –
I was building a guitar and wanted Jesse to be “the pickup guy”.
So I bought a raw underwound ’72 Wide Range and a Black Watch from Revel. I also used Fender factory reliced parts to match the raw cover of the WR and a Gibson Bumble Bee capacitor (Sprague copy) just for vintage grins.
DUDENESS !!! You have no idea what that sounds like in this particular guitar. Lord Have Mercy. That’s amazing! I picked the right “pickup guy”. Keep up the excellent work!!! Just wanted you to know that I am extremely pleased. To get this tone I would have had to buy 2 vintage guitars.
Jan Dobiášovský –
I am big fan of fender guitars, so replacing reissues for more vintage correct pickup was first (and maybe last) thing to do. The pickup is perfectly balanced in matter of clarity and warmth, it has the best from both worlds (singles and humbuckers). Although there was a delayed shipping (due to covid), it was worth waiting! Great pickup. I also have to thank to Jesse for his kind and personal support. Thank you !
Bill – Phx – –
I can state that I am extremely satisfied with the set of Revel ’72 Vintage WRHB pickups. Combined with the CTS 1meg pots and Vitamin Q 22 caps the sound is wonderful and a great upgrade. I recommend your WRHB pickups very highly.
In love with this Vintage ’72 WRHB in my custom Tele.
Thanks a lot JESSE for your great work, which one had seduce the technical squad of one of the biggest guitar’s seller in France based in my town!++++
David Richards –
Review for Revel Custom Pickups Vintage ’72 Wide Range Homebucker in raw:
I love the sound of this pick up. If you’re looking for something that will liven up your guitar, these are great. I have it paired with a Rio Grande Grease Gunner, and output match in total complexities complement each other very well. There is a significant amount of sparkle and high-end clarity, that I absolutely adore in these pick ups!
Gary Buchanan –
I replaced my stock neck WRHB pickup with the Revel WRHB in my Squire ’72 reissue Telecaster Custom when I replaced all the electronics. Amazing difference in sound quality. I’m very happy with this purchase.
I built my Warmoth 72 Thinline with a pair of PAFs, but just recently swapped them out for a pair of Revel WRHBs. I opted for the underwound neck pickup. They sound fantastic, full and punchy while still being very clear and articulate. My playing tends towards the jazz side of the jazz blues spectrum, and these pickups do it well. I couldn’t be happier with them, and I look forward to my next set of Revels. And I agree with the review below, they look awesome with the hand engraved covers!
Paul Anderson –
We all know there’s several choices of WRHB’S on the market, I chose Revel, any regrets none. Would I try other pickups Jesse makes? without hesitation.
Curtis McKusick –
Paired the under-wound neck WRHB with a Black Watch bridge. Wow! I was replacing the disappointing Fender reissue pickups in a MIM ‘72 Custom.
What an improvement! This pickup has so much clarity and string definition and yet a thick, driving tone that really pushes my amp I to serious overdrive.
While I haven’t played an original WRHB or other versions, this pickup, and it’s incredible sound quality speaks for itself!
Also, the hand engraved cover looks incredible!
Pierre-Yves Hebert –
2 photos to had to my 30 marsh 2019 review. also: J.R. advises help me for the installation.
Pierre-Yves – Quebec –
I put a set of Revel Vintage 72 WRHB’s in my MIM Tele Deluxe reissue. Very high tone upgrade: higher output , better definition , nearby single coil clarity, natural EQ and well balanced. I turned a hundreds dollar guitar into a thousands dollar one. Very happy!
Dave Noonan –
Jesse knows his way around a pickup!!! Placed the underwound neck WRHB on my Warmoth Tele Custom and now I have a very articulate neck humbucker where once there was mud. Great for jazz!!!
Luke Swanson –
So much clearer and fuller than the stock pickups in my Modern Player Starcaster!
Top notch quality and craftsmanship, solid guy!
A must upgrade!
Tim Carrow –
Added the vintage ’72 pickups to my thinline Tele and the rig sounds clear and fatter than ever!!!
These pickups are loads better than the stock humbuckers. The build quality is fantastic. Much more clarity, fantastic sound. Gonna have to put them in everything now.
I got some new Revel Vintage ’72 wide range pickups for my Telecaster Deluxe reissue and they sound absolutely great! Warm, clear and snappy, nowhere near the “originals” that came with the guitar. And great communication from Jesse. I am more than satisfied. Thanks you! All the best, David (Sweden).
This is what needs to be in every Tele Custom, Thinline and Deluxe Re-issue. The stock WRHB sound meh; these sound AMAZING!!!!
Rin Shima –
Clear, bright, and thick. These pickups are everything that a classic WRHB should be, and save for a true vintage example, possibly the best take on this design on the market. Compared to the RI WRHB from Fender, these boast far more clarity and string definition, even on the rhythm circuit of my semi-hollow jazzmaster. However, despite them being a MASSIVE upgrade over the Fender branded pickups, these are definitely not your standard pickup, and are a good bit more bright and cutting, so they make a great lead pickup, but not so much a jazz pickup.
Overall, these are a great addition to any WRHB equipped guitar, especially for those looking for that classic Fender sound out of a humbucking pickup.
John McGovern –
OK, I was hesitant to buy these from a pickup builder I had never heard of. I told Jesse I was. He told me not to sweat it because his guarantee is you’ll love the pickups or you can exchange them or get your money back. So I bought them.
These are maybe the best kept secret in WRHB replacement pickups on the market. And I should know because I have tried them all.
Revel’s Vintage ’72 pickups sound as true to the vintage WRHB as I have heard. They have the same kind of brightness and bite, the same kind of over-driven tone, the same clarity…that same single coil but something different tone.
Thanks for taking the time to convince me. These are impressive pickups.