Originally Posted by Bongolation
Still waiting for an intelligent answer as to what differentiates these from OVs, which logically should be identical items.
Think about it.
For about the first twenty minutes, the upgraded pickups were referred to as the OVs. According to some sources, there's nothing actually custom shop about "Custom Shop" pickups anyway, except that they're used in some custom shop instruments. They aren't actually made there.
No idea about where they are/aren't made, but they're definitely not
identical. I have both a 1962 reissue 'Original' (bought aftermarket) and a CS pickup from a new 2012 US Std PB; the Original has bevelled edges on the pole pieces, whereas the CS ones are not bevelled. The CS ones also protrude more beyond the plastic casing than the Orig.
As for sound differences, hard to say as they're not in the same bass. Would say that the CS are maybe darker, more low end & less treble than the Originals, but this stuff is subtle & subjective at best. Either one sounds great to me.