Leddin Handwound “Custom ’50s” Telecaster pickup set – Overwound for a big tone!

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


2 in stock


  • I build these pickups to order with a 4 week turnaround after receipt of full payment. 
  • Items listed in stock means I have the parts to build them. 
  • To order please purchase via the website cart and within 6 weeks I will post out your pickups. 
  • I will contact you within 3 business days to confirm the build specs. 
  • Tone cannot be rushed my friends and I won’t rush to cater for the hasty. 
  • Please contact me prior to purchase for an accurate ETA.

I was approached by Australian guitar legend Tom Shepherd to build a beefier set of pickups for his custom shop Tele and from that encounter the Custom ’50s was born!  Think of a Tele set with a bridge that’s in between my 7.5k N-Caster and my 9k Classic with a neck to match.  A bigger beefier tone with plenty of volume but still able to give you the vintage vibe.

Neck pickup “Custom ’50s”

I slightly overwind this pickup with 43 AWG Plain enamel wire and larger .195 inch alnico 3 magnets.   A little more beef than my N-caster, the alnico 3’s give this pickup some bite on the highs but still retains that warmth and vintage vibe.


  • Available in right and lefthanded
  • Alnico 3 magnets
  • Period correct 43 AWG Plain enamel wire
  • Wound to 7.8k RWRP
  • Cloth pull back vintage style wire
  • Choice of bare nickel, nickel or chrome covers (Please specify)
  • Choice of pickguard or body mount screws  (Please specify)
  • Rubber mounts
  • Wax potted for feedback

Bridge “Custom ’50s”

This pickup is an overwound ’50 style pickup using 42 AWG plain enamel wire on an alnico 3 bobbin.  This pickup has more beef than my N-caster and a little less than my Classic.  It has a big meaty tone but still has the bite when you dig in.  If you are looking steer well clear of the ice pick that some Tele bridges can give than this is your pickup!

  • Available in right and lefthanded
  • Alnico 3 .195 inch magnets ’50s no stagger
  • 42 AWG dark plain enamel wire
  • Wound to 8.5k
  • Cloth pull back vintage style wire
  • Choice of black or white string wrap (Please note string colour at checkout)
  • Copper plated steel baseplate
  • Stainless screws and rubber mounts
  • Wax potted to prevent feedback

A nice video of Tom Shepherd giving the “Custom ’50s” a workout,



Additional information

Weight .250 kg
Dimensions 20 x 10 x 5 cm

1 review for Leddin Handwound “Custom ’50s” Telecaster pickup set – Overwound for a big tone!

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony Edwards (verified owner)

    My first set of Dave Leddin pickups and I am super impressed, classic Tele tones plus.

    Absolutely amazing clarity, excellent warmth from the neck and nice tight crisp leans from the bridge.

    On the back of these I bought a set of Dave’s Ol’ Keithy’s and I am equally delighted with them

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