For a long-ass time, the Fender Wide Range Humbucker with CuNiFe – copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), iron (Fe) alloy – magnets has been one of those Holy Grail pieces of gear. Why? Well partly because of the tone of course, but also because CuNiFe magnets have been basically impossible to come by. Pickup companies and Fender itself have developed all sorts of models designed to get as close to the sound of those old Seth Lover-designed Wide Range humbuckers as possible, but there’s quite literally nothing like the real thing.
Well now the agonising CuNiFeFoMo is over: Fender has released the first authentic CuNiFe Wide Range pickup since 1979. It’s all there: the full bass, the clear treble, the bell-like mids. If you’ve never played one before, it’s a unique sound and feel. Earlier this year Fender announced an American Original 70s Telecaster Custom with a CuNiFe neck humbucker, and now you can get the pickup separately.
It’s not cheap but hey, a lot of players have waited 40 years for it and you’d pay a lot more for an original one.