Dating fender pickups
Identifying pickups after1967 is less simplistic and requires a level of research that goes beyond the scope of this how-to.If you find your pickup to be near the rating of those listed for 1967, be aware that it could very easily have been built 10 years after the fact, or even later. Use naptha (lighter fluid) or some other fast drying detergent.
I would read it as C=China XS= Factory Xiong Sun something I think?The pickups are Fender single coil Stratocaster pickups. The pickups have been used, but are in excellent shape with long leads. They are staggered pole, and have beveled edges to the tops of the pole pieces.Take the plastic cover off (if it hasn't fallen off already).If the cover gives some resistance, it is likely connected with some wax and a little nudging should encourage it to come off.Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
Just finding these pickups is a challenge all its own.
The flat work (the plastic-ish plate on the bottom of the pickup) is either black or gray.
Gray flat work is an indication that the pickup was built sometime between March 1964 and the latter half of 1971.
So I acquired a set of Fender pickups that my buddy had laying around. FWIW, they have no markings to identify them as Fender or not, and have white pickups covers.
(traded me some bench time for the pickups, as I restring/set up/mod a bunch of his axes) Anyways, I'm trying to figure out what they are. (under the cover, the coil wire area is wrapped in black, and the top part of the pickup assembly is grey as well) I'm assuming these may be Fender USA 60s RI pickups, but have no way to verify.
(nothing to id them as neck/middle/bridge though) I have not put them on my multi meter yet.