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The Five-Two was originally designed for Nashville studio players who wanted a classic Telecaster pickup that could produce a softer treble attack on the high strings while retaining all of the articulate snap on the low strings. We came up with a mixture of Alnico 2 and Alnico 5 rod magnets that delivers the best of both worlds. The Alnico 2 rods positioned under the G, B, and E strings provide a sweetened treble response, while the Alnico 5 rods under the low E, A, and D strings contribute a bright, snappy tone with enhanced midrange and articulation. This combination results in an all-around well-balanced pickup with traditional output that delivers all the twang and pop of a great Tele with none of the “ice pick” treble.
The Five-Two neck pickup is RWRP (reverse wind, reverse polarity), so when used with the bridge model you get sweet hum-free tone. The authentic look and sound of this classic Telecaster pickup are brought together by a hand-built Forbon bobbin, waxed cloth hookup wire, standard .187″ diameter Alnico 2 and Alnico 5 rod magnets, a copper-plated steel bottom plate, a deep drawn chrome-plated brass cover for the rhythm pickup, and wax potting.