Black Watch – Tele

(7 customer reviews)

Broadcaster spec’d. Large diameter Alnico III and 43 awg plain enamel wire in the bridge and neck.

The Black Watch has a classic throaty twang with added fatness, fullness, grunt and growl than a more typical Tele pickup. The mids are slightly accentuated, the treble is clear, and it is overall a driven tone. The Alnico III lends a very unique sweetness to the tone especially when rolled back.

Bridge: 10.5k, Neck:7.5k


  • Hand-assembled bobbins
  • Bonded assembly for durability
  • Lacquer dipped prior to winding/paper wrapped magnets
  • Hand Wound w/ 43 AWG Plain Enamel Coil Wire
  • Rope Wrapped Coil
  • Steel Base Plate
  • Vintage push-back wire leads
  • Wax Potted
    • 180 $
    • $

The Black Watch is a reproduction of the early 50’s Broadcaster pickups. Arguments about which magnets and what wire were used are endless. But having been lucky enough to own, examine and repair early 50’s Tele pickups assures me that they were built using Alnico III and wound with 43 awg plain enamel wire. And so, then, are the Revel Black Watch Tele pickups. The Black Watch replicates that classic and unique sound. Though it does twang the bridge is more throaty than twangy and more mids accentuated than a “typical” Tele pickup. It is a wonderfully unique pickup that produces a wonderfully unique Tele tone that gives up a bit more bark and bight.

7 reviews for Black Watch – Tele

  1. Tom Frye (verified owner)

    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.

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  2. Lindsay Paine

    A couple of months ago, Jesse made me a Blackwatch for my Tele, replacing the Fender CS “Handwound Nocaster” pickup that came in the guitar. Stock pickup was really quite good. The Blackwatch, however, is great! Really a killer Tele bridge p/u!! Best I’ve played. Throaty and rich, but still has great detail and is super versatile. Fat, and punchy, but clear, and very responsive to attack and volume knob. Kudos to Jesse for winding such magic. He’s great to work with, and the price point is beyond reasonable. Could easily charge more, and they’d still be a great value. Thank you, Jesse!

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  3. Kenneth (verified owner)

    I just dropped a Blackwatch set into a Classic Vibe 50s Tele as part of a Broadcaster build. Stop thinking, and just go for it—these pickups sing!

    Compared to the stock pickups, the Revel set is more dynamic, has more tonal color, and offers clearer string articulation. And the sustain is unreal!

    Jesse was a pleasure to work with. We chatted a few times over email, and he was always friendly and quick to respond. I could not have asked for a better experience or a better product.

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  4. Curtis McKusick (verified owner)

    I just paired this (bridge) with a Revel WRHB! A great combination!

    Just the right amount of Tele twang in the Black Watch without being too harsh.

    If you are looking for a great, balanced Tele tone in the bridge, this is it! And at an incredible price point too, for a custom, hand-wired pickup!

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  5. bunnyman

    Jesse fails to disappoint! I have been waiting for over three months for someone (not to be named) who bills theirs as “closest to vintage sound as you’ll ever get” to ship their pickup with excuse after excuse as to why it is not in my grubby little paws when I should have gone to Jesse first! It sounds the part, looks the part, and Jesse is a LOT easier to deal with! If you want it “extra Keefy”, make certain to ask Jesse to do that for you! You will NOT be disappointed.

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  6. Trey Haislip

    Jesse was able to wind Broadcaster Tele style pickups with UOA5 and Degaussed A5 magnets. One of the best sounding Tele sets I’ve used with phenomenal response to the volume knob. Jesse was a pleasure to work with. I will definitely be ordering from him again.

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  7. Tim Dupraz

    Holy balls!

    Hey Jesse. I just picked up a Tele today and converted it into an Esquire and dropped the Black Watch in it. It’s absolutely killer! It’s fat, it stings and has plenty of twang. I am super exited to play it. Thanks a ton, man.”

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