Fender's hallowed vintage humbucker with CuNiFe-magnet pole pieces boasts one-of-a-kind tones. Problem is, it costs $500+ per pickup on the used market.

There are present-day options for chasing the tone from Seth Lover’s originals of yore—without spending a small fortune on a ’70s Wide Range pickup or going for a rebuild. We’ve rounded up 10.

LINDY FRALIN

Wide Range HumbuckerThese one-at-a-time handwound versions of the original are made with all-U.S. parts, and are designed to be clean, articulate, and bright for era-specific tone.
$170

PORTER

WR HumbuckerBuilt with staggered, alnico-5 magnets—with beveled, exposed poles—these ’buckers are 20 to 30 percent overwound, compared to the company’s regular-sized humbuckers, for bigger, thicker tone.
$130

CREAMERY

Classic ’71For classic, fat, single-coil “doubled-up” sounds, these pickups are made with a warmer midrange sound than standard singles and, with a higher output, intended to break up an amp nicely.
$159

CURTIS NOVAK

Widerange Humbucker These vintage-correct Wide Range-style pickups are handwound with threaded-rod magnets using the larger Fender-style frame and cover, and can also be ordered with a Fender logo cover.
$200

LOLLAR

Regal HumbuckerFor his version of a classic Wide Range, Jason Lollar designed the tooling to accurately produce his pickups to the original specs, and they are available in chrome, nickel, or gold.
$210

MOJOTONE

’72 Clone Wide Range Fully vacuum potted, these clones of the original were designed to completely capture historic sound, but include some improvements, like a slightly underwound neck pickup and 4-conductor wiring.
$129

SEYMOUR DUNCAN

Wide Range HumbuckerUtilizing threaded alnico-5 rod magnets and a period-correct wind pattern, these pickups are designed to get as close to the bark and bite of the vintage originals as possible.
$180

REVEL

Vintage ’72 Wide RangeAnother homage to Seth Lover’s original design, these pickups promise jangle and power with their vintage-correct and -sized bobbins—and to be a great option for indie sounds to blues tones.
$140

GUITAR FETISH

WideTone FatReady to fit into Fender Tele Deluxe and Custom guitars from the ’70s, the WideTone Fats are geared for extra sweetness, girth, and beefy overdriven tones.
$40

BRANDONWOUND

Wide Range HumbuckersUsing a plastic injection mold to produce the correct-size bobbins for the correct-size wire on the ’72 originals, these pickups also feature a version of alnico-2 and alnico-5 threaded magnets.
$125
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