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    Question to Fender Strat specialists - "HW BP." pickups - what are those?

    A question to our Fender Strat specialists: I got a 2016 Custom Shop Strat and it came with handwound Texas Special pickups.
    All 3 pickups have a handwritten marking "HW BP.".
    "HW" most probably means "handwound".
    But what does "BP." stands for?
    I know the Abby or team built AY marked pickups, as well as the new Josephina signed pickups, but have never seen "BP." pickups in a Fender Custom Shop strat. Does anybody know what this stands for or who the custom shop winder is with the initials "BP." ?

    EDIT: See post # 10 below for the answer!



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    Quote Originally Posted by SFIV1967 View Post
    I know the Abby or team built AY marked pickups as well as the new Josephina signed pickups but have never seen "BP." pickups in a Fender Custom Shop strat. Does anybody know what this stands for or who the custom shop winder is with the initials "BP." ?
    Is this maybe why Pascal/ BluesyPicky's been so quiet about his new job lately?
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    Could they be wound to "Brad Paisley" specs? I know he plays mainly Tele's but someone could have ordered their strat with his style of pickups. I don't think it would have anything to do with polarity do you? Have you contacted Fender yet? They should be able to tell you for sure.

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    Hey Man, I did some searches for you, but no luck. I think contacting the custom shop with a pic would be your best bet.

    Try this address. It shows both USA and International numbers, as well as a link to customer support:

    http://shop.fender.com/en-US/contact-us


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    I'll take a guess: "BP." stands for black phenolic. As in the bobbin material.

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    I was thinking maybe the initials of whomever wound them? Just a guess based on nothing, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    I'll take a guess: "BP." stands for black phenolic. As in the bobbin material.

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    man u are a sharp dude. makes perfect sense if u put it all together, right? "Hand Wound Black Phenolic"

    and to think i just thought they gave him 3 "bridge pickups"
    seriously though. what u wrote makes a lot more sense haa

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    man u are a sharp dude.
    Hah! We shall see… But I know some of the "vintage reissue" folks are massively pedantic about details like this. Re. PAFs: "The cream bobbins sound different than the black ones, man! I can hear it!" Ooookaaay…

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    Thanks for all your answers and sorry for my late reply, I had no time yet to contact the Custom Shop about it, will do later on and report back. I am super busy with work currently...
    They are definitely bridge, middle and neck as they are color coded with ethe dots you see in the picture. Let's see what I can find out.
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    It took me a while to find out about "BP.", but now I found the answer directly from Fender:

    BP = Bricenda Pineda

    The current Fender Custom shop Hand Wound pickup winders are:

    Josefina = Josefina Campos (who replaced Abigail Ybarra as Master Pickup Winder)
    BP = Bricenda Pineda,
    LD = Loretta Diaz
    JM - Jenny Morales.

    Hope that helps just in case another member has the same question.

    Ralf
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