For that classic Ventures tone, the Antiquity for Jazzmaster bridge uses specially calibrated alnico 2 rod magnets with a unique coil wind.
The late 50s Jazzmaster used wide, flat coils produced a deep, rich tone that Fender hoped would appeal to Jazz players. While it did, it also became the go-to instrument for so many of the instrumental bands of the 60s. And, it turns out, the Jazzmaster is a monster when turned up and played through a fuzz pedal. We use calibrated alnico 2 poles, and a custom coil wind to soften the treble attack for a sweeter, smokier overall tone. The treble response has snap and sparkle, but is not harsh, while the bass response is nice and tight.
Use with the RWRP Antiquity Jazzmaster neck pickup so that, when used together, they will be hum-canceling.
This pickup is a drop-in replacement for any Fender American Standard sized Jazzmaster pickup, and will fit nicely into the existing cover.
Hand built in our Custom Shop, this pickup uses alnico 2 rod magnets, a custom coil wind with heavy formvar mag wire, vintage-correct flatwork, cloth push-back lead wire, and they are all lacquered and wax potted like the originals.
Merkki Seymour Duncan