Eric M. demoing a custom set of Revel Tele pickups.
It’s important to understand a few things about the original WRHB. First is that it used Cunife magnets that are no longer available and will likely never again be manufactured. Second, the bobbins are larger than a typical humbucker. These two things are the ‘mojo’ of the WRHB and are reproduced in a variety of ways by a variety of makers. The Revel Vintage ’72 is different in that I try to stay very true to the originals. I build the bobbins by hand. I wind those bobbins with vintage correct 42 gauge poly insulated wire. And I use a combination of magnets that, by virtue of their combined tone and their very specific gauss levels (that I ensure by charging and measuring each magnet one at a time), produce a truly wonderful reproduction of the original WRHB’s tone.
Like the originals the stock “output” of the bridge and neck are the same. That is, each coil is wound with the same and specific number of turns of wire. But you can also get an under-wound neck that makes it easier to balance with the bridge pickup. It also offers some additional tonal variety from a set of Vintage ’72’s.
Additionally I offer a separate and specific under-wound neck pickup that is meant to be paired with lower output bridge pickups or when you need a ‘Vintage ’72’ humbucker but want a little more brightness, sweetness, and clarity.
Stock Bridge & Neck: 10.7k, Underwound Neck for Set: 9.5k
Under-wound Neck: 8.8k