Mine has a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Tele pickup.
it actually sounds better for bass than it does in a telecaster !
what's more is that it fits the stock pickguard with minimal
destruction: you have to square-up the rounded corners
because the hotrails is rectangular . since it is a humbucker,
you lose the noise from the cheap stock pickup , gain lots
of bottom ,it has a nice fat 11.5k ohm impedance , and its narrow
width stays focused and snappy -not tubby like a big gibson
style humbucker .
the blade poles don't have to align with the strings ,
like the stock 6-pole guitar pickup doesn't . you don't get
string-to-string volume differences with blades.
couldn't fender bother to make a 4-pole pickup for the bronco and
musicmaster ? no-doubt in the 1960's it was
a short-cut to keep prices low for these crudely executed
bargain-beginner's instruments .
the modern mustang has a p-bass split pickup , but it no longer qualifies for bargain -basement status @ $999.00 list.
(i love the new mustangs! they're every bit as good as a
it would seem logical that a four- pole or six -pole chinese
pickup would cost roughly the same to produce in mass
quantity (especially for one of the largest guitar mfg's)