In addition to normal Stratocaster pickups, this model comes with divided pickup that realizes new possibilities for guitar.
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.
The other numbers indicate 8 - an operator code (the person who ran the winding machine) 16 - the week that the pickup was wound sometimes these codes switched places, but there seems to be little ambiguity with your pickups.
Do a web search on "Greg Gagaliano" because he figured out the meaning of a lot of these Fender date codes and published them. I made a typo with Greg's last name (strike the second "a"). There are two articles on Fender Neck Codes, which are important because the same dating scheme was used on pickups (as his 2003 update article mentions).
Hi, I have some pickups that came from my brother's early 70s Strat.
The number on the bottom of the pups read 8162, can this be taken to mean 1972?