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S-Style  Replacement Pickups

Ab sofort sind alle unsere S-Style Tonabnehmer auch als künstlich gealterte Version lieferbar!

Bei diesen Pickups haben die Magnete die typische dunkle Farbe und Abnutzungserscheinungen wie man sie von alten Originalen kennt.

 S-90 Vintage und S-90 Hot 

Strat Size Singlecoil Pickups im P-90 Style.Sechs justierbare P-90 Schrauben in der Spule, die Magnete liegen darunter.Schöner schmatzender Ton mit etwas mit fettem P-90 Punch.                                           

S-90 Vintage 6 -7 K-Ohm                                                 

S-90 Hot 10-13 K-Ohm Superscream!

Stückpreis: 65 Euro

DG Gilmour Tribute S-Style Singlecoil Set

Unser neues Gilmour Tribute Strat Set ist in Zusammenarbeit mit Jens Knoop von www.lefthandgear.de entstanden.

Das aussuchen der Materialien und testhören in Zusammenarbeit mit Jens hat uns viel Spass bereitet.

Hier die Specs:

Bridge Pickup: Black Bobbin, Alnico V Magnete und eine Superheisse 12,9 K-Ohm Spule sorgen für Punch und dafür das die Obertöne for Glück springen.

Middle Pickup: Grey Bobbin, Alnico V Magnete gewickelt mit klassischem Plain Enamel Magnet Wire.Dieser RW/RP `60 Pickup mann sucht frau ingolstadt sorgt mit seinen transparenten Ton besonder in den Zwischenpositionen für brummfreien Quack.

Neck Pickup: Black Bobbin,Alnico V Magnete bewickelt mit dem legendären Formvar Magnetwire.

Dieser Pickup sorgt für den typischen DG-Tone in Deiner Gitarre.

Set-Preis: 195 Euro.

Little Fatty

 

Unsere Little Fatty S-Style Pickups haben dickere Alnico-Magnete und eine Anzapfung in der Spule um zwei unterschiedliche Outputlevel abrufen zu können. Die Pickups haben mehr Output als Vintage-Style Tonabnehmer und werden entsprechend ihrer Einbauposition gefertigt. Die Pickups werden mit schwarzen oder weißen Tonabnehmerkappen geliefert.

Bridge: 8,9 K-Ohm Taped 6,7 K-Ohm

Middle: 8,1K-Ohm Taped 6,0 K-Ohm RW/RP

Neck:   7,9 K-Ohm Taped 5,9 K-Ohm

Set-Preis: 195 Euro

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Fullertons Red Bobbin Set

Unser Fullertons Red Bobbin Set ist das 1983 Vintagewound Singlecoil Set.

Neck, Middle und Bridge Pickup werden mit AWG 42 Plain Enamel Wire gewickelt.

Der Steg-Pickup ist auch als heisse X-11 (11 K-Ohm) Version mit AWG 43 Plain Enamel wire erhältlich.

Set-Preis: 200 Euro

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Dummy Coil  Set

Besteht aus Dummy-Spule und einem 250 K-Ohm push/pull Tonepoti.

Preis: 50 Euro

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Mayer Tribute Set

Das John Mayer Tribute Set wurde aus der Idee geboren, den warmen, hölzernen Strat Ton dieses Ausnahmegitarristen nachzuempfinden.

Das  erste Set habe ich auf besonderen Wunsch von Elias aus Griechenland angefertigt. Auf unserer MySpace-Seite  ist dieses Pickup Set zu hören.

SET-PREIS: 180€

zuzügl. 5,00€ Versand-u. Verpackungskosten (gilt nur für Deutschland)

Tweed Tone Deluxe ´54

 

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Unsere Tweed Tone Deluxe Tonabnehmer sind den Pickups aus den frühen Jahrgängen nachempfunden. Sie entlocken Deiner Gitarre den typischen, warmen Singlecoil-Ton wie man ihn bei Hank Marvin bis John Mayer hören kann: wohlig warm singener Ton mit süßem Höhenanteil.

Die Tonabnehmer werden handgefertigt aus schwarzen Vulkanfiberplatten, 42 AWG Formvar Kupferlackdraht, Clothwire Anschlusslitzen und entsprechen mit ihren Relic-Magneten nicht nur optisch ihren Vorbildern. Sie werden handgewickelt und anschließend gewachst um Mikrofonie zu vermeiden.

Die Spulen der Tweed Tone Deluxe Tonabnehmer werden  mit historisch korrekten Windungszahlen gefertigt. Daher können die Ohm-Werte etwas variieren.

SET-PREIS: 180€

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Stage Struck Set Rory Tone

 

Das Stage Struck Set klingt kratzig, brilliant und heiß. So wie wir den Ton von Rory Gallagher kennen. Es kommt mit Vintage staggert, unterschiedlich hohen,  Alnico V Magneten, schwarzen Vulkanfiberspulenkörpern und als Anschlußkabel dient, das uns von alten Tonabnehmern bekannte, Stoffkabel. Zur Brummunterdrückung in den Zwischenpositionen des fünffach-Schalters ist der Middle-Tonabnehmer entgegengesetzt gewickelt und magnetisiert. Diese Tonabnehmer klingen sehr kraftvoll und artikuliert mit dem typischen Singlecoil-Glanz und jeder Mege Obertöne.

Ohm-Werte: Steg: 7,5 k-Ohm, Mitte: 7,2 k-Ohm, Hals: 6,9 k-Ohm

Die Tonabnehmer werden incl. Kappen in schwarz oder weiß und mit Schrauben aus rostfreiem Stahl geliefert.

Set-Preis: 180€

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"Lenny" Style Set

 

Dieses S-Style Tonabnehmer Set basiert auf der Idee, den Ton von S.R.V. ´s "Lenny" Gitarre nachzuempfinden: Perkusiv mit strammen Bässen und angenehmen Höhen bringt das Lenny Tonabnehmer Set den typischen Vibe der alten ´65 Pickups zu Gehör.

Ich wickle das Tonabnehmer Set mit dem dunklen Plain Enamel Draht auf graue Vulkanfiberspulenkörper. Bestückt mit unterschiedlich hohen, vintage gestaggerten, Alnico Magneten.

Gleichsttrom-Widerstand: Steg: 6,4 K-Ohm, Mitte: 6,2 K-Ohm, Hals: 6,0 K-Ohm 

Die Tonabnehmer werden incl. Kappen in schwarz oder weiß und mit Schrauben aus rostfreiem Stahl geliefert.

Set-Preis: 180€

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 E. Johnson "Tones" Set

 

Mein "Tones" Tonabnehmer Set: Die Kombination von `54 Style Singlecoils in der Steg-und Halsposition in Verbindung mit einem `63 Style Singlecoil in der Schlagbrettmitte machen dieses Set sehr vielseitig. Während die beiden `54 Style Tonabnehmer einen sehr warmen, süßen  Ton übertragen addiert der `63er Tonabnehmer in Schalterposition 2 und 4 des Fünffachschalters feine, perlende Höhenanteile.

Der Stegtonabnehmer hat einige Windungen mehr sodaß er auch mit übersteuerten Verstärkern niemals dünn rüberkommt.

 

 - Vintage style Black Bobbins.

  -54-Style alnico III neck pickup.

 -`63 style alnicoIII middle pickup.

-  Overwound `54 style alnico V bridge pickup

- Staggered Alnico magnets for Tonal balance.

- come with covers and stainless steel screws        

Set-Preis: 180€

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63 S-Style Pickup Set

 

 

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Das `63er Set fertige ich mit Alnico V Magneten und Formvar Kupferdraht um den feinen, warmen Ton der Originale wiederzugeben.

Die Tonabnehmer aus dieser Ära sind für ihre etwas höheren Windungszahlen bekannt und daher sehr beliebt.

Gleichstromwiderstand: Steg: 6,2 K-Ohm, Mitte: 61, K-Ohm, Hals: 6,0 K-Ohm

 Set-Preis: 180

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Texas Twanger S-Style Pickup Set Hotrod Texas Tone

Mein Texas Twanger Set ist ein von mir handewickeltes S-Style Tonabnehmer Set. Die Spulenkörper werden hier in meiner Werkstatt aus Vulkanfiber angefertigt, der Draht wird beim wickeln handgeführt.  Für diese heißen Singlecoils verwende ich einen speziellen, etwas dünneren  Draht sowie die extra für mich angefertigten gestaggerten Alnico V-Magnete.

Das David Barfuss Texas Twanger Pickup Set hat beides: den twangigen druckvollen Klang eines Telecaster Tonabnehmers und den "quack" eines Strat Tonabnehmer Sets. Dieses Design gibt Deiner Strat einen agressiven und kraftvollen Ton wie nie zuvor.

Set-Preis: 180€

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Hendrix Style S-Style Pickup Set

The David Barfuss handwound Hendrix Style Set comes with grey bobbins and lefthand stagger Alnico V magnets. Wound with 42 AWG magnetwire to get that "Little Wing" and "Castles Made Of Sand" tone.The neck pickup sounds like a bell when played clean. Get your Fuzzface working and the is online flirten vreemdgaan bridge and middle pickup will show you how to play "3rd Stone From The Sun" and you´ll get all those Foxy Ladies........

The Voodoo is in your hands!!!

Set-Preis: 180€

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Love & Peace S-Style Pickup Set Grey Bottom

 

My "Love&Peace 69" Set gives you sweet heights and thumping percussive lows with an amazing Quack due the use of special staggered Alnico V magnets and the original purple color Plain Enamel magnetwire. The Neck pickup is wound to an DC Resistance of 5,8 K-ohm.The Middle pickup is wound to 6,0 K-ohm and is RW/RP for noisfree operation in the 2nd and 4th position of the fiveway switch. The Bridge pickup is wound to a hotter coilpattern to give you an extra kick and more output with DC resistance of 10,7 K-ohm.

Specifications:

-Vintage style Grey Bobbins.

-Original Plain Enamel magnet wire

-Magnetpolarity: South on top.

-Winding direction: Top Going.

-Hand bevelled Staggered Alnico V magnets with lower G-string magnet for Tonal balance.

-DC ohm:Neck:5,8 K;Middle:6,0 K;Bridge:10,7 K-ohm

-Customwound Bridgepickup with hottercoilpattern

-comes with white Covers and Screws

Set-Preis: 180€

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S-Style Pickup Set:  STARGAZER


Diese Pickups sind den Singlecoils von David Schecter nachempfunden.

Der Sound ist fetter und wärmer als bei den Standard Strat Pickups, dabei aber sehr dynamisch. Er geht eher in Richtung p-90, ein fetter Singlecoil Ton.

Die Top- und Bottom-Plate sind aus schwarzem Vulkanfiber. Dicke 6,35mm Alnico Magneten- -Scatterwound Copperwire- -Clothwires- -Fat,Warm Strat Tone. 

Sie werden ohne Pickupkappen eingbaut.

Dieses Set ist prima geeignet für Gitarristen denen ihre Strat zu dünn klingt.

Bridge: 10,6 K-Ohm Taped: 6,5 K-Ohm

Middle: 10,4 K-Ohm  Taped: 5,9 K-Ohm RW/ RP

Neck: 10,3 K-Ohm  Taped: 5,7 K-Ohm

Für Blackmore Fans fertigen wir auch ein Set aus Steg und Hals Pickup, wobei der Hals Pickup dann RW/RP gewickelt wäre.

Stück Preis: 65 €

Set Preis 190 Euro

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Twin Rail Vintage Tone Pickup Set

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This is my Twin Rail Set Singlecoil Pickup Replacement Set!

After rewinding some of those american made S-Style Railpickups I was lucky to find parts to offer these here and now.

The TwinRails are wound with 42 AWG wire to : Bridge 4,6 k ohm, Middle:4,4 K-ohm and 4,2 k-ohm at the neck.

They sound verry open , have vintage output level but you still may feel some kind of compression wich is fine wehn you want to play clean Surfmusic, overdriven  Blues and kick your amp into overdrive without any buzz and hum.

Set-Preis: 200€

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Mustang Style Singlecoil Pickup `63

Here we have our new handwound Mustang-Style replacement pickups !.........

                  ..........wich will also fit the Duosonic and Musicmaster guitars!

Made to the specs of the early `60 Mustang pickups using greyfiber bobbins, flush alnico V magnets and the legendary Formvar magnet wire.These pickups are RW/RP for the noisefree operation wehn both pickups are activated.

The neck pickup is wound to 6,1 K Ohm and the bridge version goes up to 6,3 K Ohm.

We all know that Jimi used the Duosonic in his early days and there are some cool  Mustang tones on the Ladyland recordings.....

This auction is for one pickup only , specify if you need bridge or neck version. 

If you want to buy a set of two pickups please feel free to contact me.

Einzel-Preis: 65€ ohne Cover

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S-Style Pickup Set Vintage SRV Style Alnico V



Spulenkörper-Bodenplatte ist aus schwarzem Vulkanfiber wie bei den `54er Pickups. Die Alnico V Magneten sind gestaggert, d.h. sie sind unterschiedlich hoch.

Die Wicklung ist Scatterwound, wobei der Wickeldraht mit der Hand geführt wird.

Der Middle-Pu ist reversed wound damit es in den Schalterzwischenpositionen nicht brumm.

Die Anschlusslitzen sind aus dem org. NOS CLOTHWIRE (Vintage-Stoffkabel)wie bei den wirklich alten Tonabnehmern.

Die Ohm-Werte sind 6,7K,6,5K und 6,3K und klingen fetter als Standard Strat Pickups.

Damit es nicht pfeift sind die Pickups verwachst.

Ach so, der Sound ist natürlich mindestens so geil wie die Optik. Ein richtig fetter Klang wie man ihn von SRV´s NO.1 kennt: Laut fette Mittenanteile und extrem viel Druck wenn man angezerrt spielt.

Set-Preis: 180€

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Highway Star `72

 

Unser Highway Star `72 S-Style Tonabnehmer Set ist den Pickups aus den Jahren 1970 - 1975 nachempfunden. Die Tonabnehmer gefertigt aus grauen Vulkanfiberplatten, Plain Enamel Magnet Wire, PVC- Anschlußlitzen und den scharfkantigen Alnico V Gußmagnete,  mit den historisch korrekten Längenmaßen und GAUS-Werten,  entsprechen nicht nur optisch ihren Vorbildern. Das Highway Star `72 Set hat Gleichstromwiderstände im Breich von 5,9 K-Ohm - 6,1 K-Ohm. Bei diesem Set sind alle drei Pickups identisch, also ohne RW/RP Middle Pickup.

Set-Preis: 180€

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Wiring Kit

Komplettes Schaltungs-Set für Stratocaster-Style Gitarren.

Complete wiring kit for stratocaster style guitars includes:

- CRL 5 way switch with screws

- 1 CTS EP 4985 250 K 0424 Volume Pot

- 2 CTS EP 085 250 K 0516 Tone Pot

- 0,25 m Clothwire black

- 0,25 m Clothwire white

- 0,022 mf Ceramic Tone Cap

Preis: 44€

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Potenziometer

 STÜCKPREIS: 6€

zuzügl. 5,00€ Versand-u. Verpackungskosten (gilt nur für Deutschland)

 

Vintage fender guitars pickup specs and info. vintage guitars collecting info. Private vintage guitar collector.

Vintage Fender Guitar Pickup Spec Info
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Introduction.

Ok, I admit i'm not an electrical engineer. But I get asked about vintage Fender guitar pickups quite often, so here's some info in case you're curious. Most of this information is from Seymour Duncan.

Terminology

  • Single Coil Pickup: All vintage Fender pickups are single coil units. This compares to Gibson, which started using double coil (Humbucking) pickups in 1957. Single coil pickups have a single slab of wound wire around magnet(s). Single coil pickups are easily influenced by outside noise. This would include 60 cycle hum and fluorescent lights.
  • Humbucking pickup: This type of pickup has two single coils combined into one unit. Each coil is reverse wound so that the hum from first coil cancels the hum from the second. The two coils are wired in series so the total resistance is additive, hence producing a "hotter" and quieter pickup (if the two coils were wired in parallel, the total resistance is half the sum of the resistances of each individual coil, assuming both coils are about the same resistance). In either case (parallel or series), the hum does cancel, hence the name "Humbucking". Note the difference bewteen parallel and series wiring of pickups/coils. Parallel is why the "in-between" setting used on a Stratocaster (combining the middle pickup with the neck or bridge pickup), does not produce a Humbucking pickup sound. Also, the in-between switch setting on a Humbucking two pickup Gibson is less powerful than each pickup individually. The two Humbucking pickups are combined in parallel (even though the two coils of each pickup are in series), thus giving the average of the two pickups divided by two. Interesting, huh?
  • Ohms: messure of resistance. The longer the pickup wire and more turns used, the higher the resistance. Also the higher the resistance, the louder or "hotter" the pickup. But be aware, higher resistance comes at a cost: lose of treble frequencies. This is why single coil pickups have more treble and less output than Humbucking pickups (which use two coils). Hence Humbucking pickups have more mid-range and are "hotter". Also this is why single coil pickups that are wound with tons of wire (to approach Humbucking ohms) don't sound very good.
  • Turns or Windings: this is the number of turns of wire used on the pickup. Fender had a mechanical counter attached to their winding machines that counted the turns. These vintage pickup winding machines were manually run by humans, so the exact number of turns can vary from pickup to pickup.
  • Winding Direction (WD): This is the direction in which the pickup was wound. Seymour Duncan's terminology best describes this: TL means the top of the pickup bobbin is facing left. TR means the top of the pickup bobbin is facing right. TG means the top of the bobbin is turning away from the winder. TC means the top of the bobbin is turn towards the winder. Reversing the winding on a pickup will reverse the phase of the pickup.
  • Magnetic Polarity (MP): This is the magnetic polarity on the top side of the pickup. All magnets have two poles: north and south. Reversing the poles of a pickup will also reverse the phase of the pickup. Note vintage Fender pickup magnets are the Alnico type, consisting of Aluminum, Nickel and Cobalt. They are "sand cast", and hence have a crude, rough look with pitting left from the sand cast. The tops of the magnets are ground flat. Usually the magnets have one end chamfered, which helps guide the magnet thru the vulcanized fibre flatwork (this is very noticible on Strats, and non-existant on pre-1955 Teles). Pre-1965 magnets are inconsistent in diameter, ranging from.185 to.197". But for the most part, they fit very tightly in the flatwork. Starting in 1965, the diameter seemed to get narrower by a few thousands of an inch. Hence the flatwork did not fit as tightly around the magnets. This causes many 1965 and later Fender pickups to "warp", where the flatwork will actually buckle and curve. Mid-1960's magnets have a smoother edge, and eventually the chamfering of the pickups stopped entirely by the early 1970's.
  • Flat Work: this is the vulcanized fibre portion of Fender pickups. This material holds the magnets in place (and the windings of the pickups then go around the magnets). Pre-March 1964 Fender pickups used black vulcanized fibre flatwork. After approximately March 1964, this changed to a light gray vulcanized fibre. Then again in the early 1970's, it switched back to black vulcanized fibre.
  • Hand Winding: This is also known as "scatter winding", where the pickup wire is wound on the bobbin in a random manor. This is how Fender pickups were wound prior to 1965, since it was a semi-manual operation, using a machine to turn the pickup bobbin, while a worker would guide the wire onto the turning bobbin. In 1965, Fender changed to "machine winding", as it is a completely automated process. Machine winding takes away much of the character of the pickup. A lot of the sound of old Fender pickups is due to the random layering and variable winding tension of the wire, which effects the tone. With machine winding, this is all very sterile and consistent. If you see the chart below, notice how consistent the Strat pickup specs get when machine wound (after 1964). Not much variance from year to year with machine winding.
  • Insulation: this is the surface coating that is baked on to the wire that prevents the turns of the pickup from shorting out. We are all familiar with the insulation on larger wire: usually it's a PVC plastic coating that you have to strip away when connecting. But on the extremely thin wire used in pickups, this insulation is a bake-on coating. There are several different type of baked-on insulation: Formvar, Plain Enamel, or Poly. Fender used Formvar till about March 1964, when they switched to Plain Enamel. This happened at about the same time they switched from black flatwork to light gray flatwork.
  • Wire Outside Diameter (OD): this is the outside diameter of the winding wire, not including the insulation. The thinner the wire, the higher the resistance (ohms). Though this has less of an effect on resistance compared to the number of windings.
  • Wire Gauge: this is the gauge of wire as advertised by the wire manufacturer. Fender basically used 42 gauge wire for everything but the Telecaster neck pickup (43 gauge). Note the actually outside diameter (OD) varies slightly dating cafe premium kosten even though it's the same gauge. As the gauge number increases, the OD of the wire decreases (42 gauge wire is thicker than 43 gauge wire).
  • Potting: dipping a pickup in wax to seal the windings to minimize vibration so the pickup feedbacks less (and is not "microphonic").

Why do Vintage Fender Pickups Sound so Good?
There are probably a lot of little factors that make the older Fender pickups sound so good. Not a single one of these factors will change the tone significantly. But when all added together, the sum of the parts is better on older vintage Fender pickups. These factors would include:

  • Magnets: pre-1965 Fender pickups used larger diameter magnets and were sand casted. Also vintage Fender magnets are Alnico and not Ceramic. Finally, as time goes on older magnets lose some of their power. The less power the magnets have, the better the strings can vibrate. Powerful magnets can actually pull the strings towards the pickup, dampering the vibrations. So there needs to be a balance, because you don't want too strong or too weak magnets. So maybe after 30 years, the magnets are at their "ideal" power, thus producing "ideal" tone. Another thing that is different is the "stagger" pattern. That is, the height of the individual magnet pole pieces. For example, today no one uses a wound third (G) string. But prior to Hendrix, most players did. To compensate for this, the fixed magnet heights were different on older Fender pickups.
  • Windings: handwound pickups (like pre-1965 Fenders) seem to sound better. It's hard to say why, but the scatter-winding pattern and tension at which the wire was wound was apparently ideal on pre-1965 Fender pickups. The handwinding tonal difference may be due to a lack of distributed capacitance when scatter-wound.
  • Wire Insulation: the insulation on the windings of vintage Fender pickups have different chemical composition than newer wire. Even though the gauge of the actual wire is the same, the thickness and composition of the insulation is different. This changes the total size of the wound windings. This in turn changes the inductance and capacitance of the pickup, and hence the tone. Fender used Formvar insulation till about March 1964. Then they switched to Plain Enamel insulation.
  • Pots: the older potentiometers used have wider tolerences than newer pots. This may sound dumb, but it could change the tone slightly.
  • the Guitar itself: older instruments have older and harder finishes. And they also used nitrocellulose finishes that were applied very thin. Also the wood itself is older and different than wood today (less polution back then means "cleaner" wood). This will also effect tone.
  • Time: even if all the above are paid attention to and duplicated, time is something that just can't be made up for. Maybe they sound better because they are just older...

Why do Vintage Fender Pickups Die?

After many years of use, Fender pickups die much more regularly than any other brand of pickups. Even Gibson pickups from the 1930's don't die like Fender pickups from the 1950's. Actually, the reason has to do with the design and materials of Fender pickups themselves.

Since the windings of older Fender pickups are in direct contact with the magnets, this has caused some problems. With time, the magnets seem to chemically react with the windings/insulation, causing the windings to break. Once a single inner-most layer of winding is broken, that's it; the pickup is "dead". Due to magnetic fields, the pickups may still work, but it will sound extremely thin and weak. Also, if you turn down the Tone control to that pickup, it will go complete dead and silient. That is a sure test of a dead Fender pickup. You can also measure the Ohms of the pickup. Dead pickups will register "open" (no resistance). But because the pots are in-circuit, an open pickup may read some bizarre high resistance, and the value may bounce up and down (again, due to the magnet properties of coils and the pots in the circuit). You should do the Ohm test right at the pickup leads, and to do it right, have one lead disconnected from the circuit (but please don't desolder any vintage guitar pickup leads!) Also the position of the pickup switch can effect values too, as can your fingers if they are touching the meter's probes. Just keep that in mind.

Another thing that kills old Fender pickups is someone trying to "adjust" the (non-adjustable) pole pieces (magnets). Because of the lack of a wound third (G) sting, some musicians push the G string magnet down through the flatwork, moving it further away from the strings. The problem is this can tear the inner windings. Since the magnets are in direct contact with the windings, and the magnets are sand casted and have rough sides, this will easily tear a winding. One torn winding will create a dead pickup (see the paragraph above).

Newer Fender pickups have been able to avoid both of these problems. Now, after the magnets are installed in the flatwork, lacquer is sprayed over the magnets and flatwork. Then the wire is wound around the magnets. This means the magnets are no longer in direct contact with the inner windings. Therefore, if the magnets are pushed thru the flatwork, they are less likely to tear the windings. Also there is less chance of a chemical reaction between the magnets and windings as they are insulated from each other by the lacquer.

Vintage Fender Pickup Specs.

These specs are thanks to Seymour Duncan. He does excellent vintage reissue Fender pickups and Fender rewinds. Unfortunately, he's too busy to do rewinds much any more - too bad for us all. He used to fix dead Fender pickups by unwinding the original wire, fixing the internal break, and re-winding the original wire back on the pickup! But this is very time consuming, so don't even bother asking him to do it now, as he's very busy (he'd keep busy for a long time just fixing all my dead Fender pickups alone!).

The following table shows Stratocaster pickup specs from 1954 to 1967. Seymour got this data from the thousands of Strat pickups he has fixed or rewound. He then averaged the data together by year, and came up with this table. Note the magnet polarity was changed in 1960 (even though Seymour thought it was 1958, other data suggests it's more like 1959/1960).

1954 to 1967 Fender Stratocaster Pickup Specs
Year Ohms Wire OD Insulation Turns WD MP Wound
mann sucht frau anibis 1954 5.76k .0030" Formvar 7956 TL/TG North Hand
1955 5.89k .0029" Formvar 7844 TL/TG North Hand
1956 5.98k .0029" Formvar 8012 TL/TG North Hand
1957 6.02k .0029" Formvar 8105 TL/TG North Hand
1958 6.20k .0028" Formvar 8350 TL/TG North Hand
1959 5.95k .0030" Formvar 7925 TL/TG North Hand
1960 6.33k .0028" Formvar 8293 TL/TG South Hand
1961 6.19k .0029" Formvar 8119 TL/TG South Hand
1962 6.22k .0028" Formvar 8220 TL/TG South Hand
1963 6.37k .0028" Formvar 8319 TL/TG South Hand
1964 6.25k .0027" Formvar/Enamel 7980 TL/TG South Hand
January 4, 1965, CBS bought Fender Musical Instruments.
1965 5.80k .0026" Plain Enamel 7626 TL/TG South Machine
1966 5.76k .0026" Plain Enamel 7630 TL/TG South Machine
1967 5.88k .0027" Plain Enamel 7656 TL/TG South Machine
Year Ohms Wire OD Insulation Turns WD MP Wound

The following table shows the difference in pickups by Fender model. Wire specs (gauge, insulation) are for the earliest models produced. Again, this is an average of data from Seymour Duncan.

Fender Pickup Specs by Model
Model Wire Gauge Insulation Avg. Turns
1000 Pedal Steel 42 Formvar 8000
400 Pedal Steel 42 Formvar 8000
5 String Bass 42 Plain Enamel 12,000
Bass VI 42 Formvar 8550
Deluxe 6 LapSteel 42 Formvar 8350
Deluxe 8 LapSteel 42 Formvar 8550
Dual 6 Steel 42 Formvar 8350
DuoSonic 42 Formvar 8350
Electric 12 42 Plain Enamel 12,500
Electric Mandolin 42 Formvar 8000
Jaguar 42 Formvar 8550
Jazz Bass 42 Formvar 9000
JazzMaster 42 Formvar 8500
Mustang 42 Formvar 7600
Precision Bass 42 Formvar 10,000
Stratocaster 42 Formvar 8350
Telecaster (lead pu) 42 Formvar 8000
Telecaster (neck pu) 43 Formvar 8000
Model Wire Gauge Insulation Avg. Turns

Potting a Pickup.

If you are having problems with a pickup being "microphonic" or feedbacking, sometimes you can fix this. WARNING: be careful! you can ruin a perfectly good pickup trying to pot it. For this reason, I recommend letting a professional do this for you.

Anything that can vibrate on a pickup can cause feedback: the covers, loose boobins, a loosely wound coil, a loose baseplate (Tele pickups), loose magnets, etc. Humbuckers with the covers can excessively feedback too, so you can pot them with the covers on to minimize feedback. The idea is to fill the space between the bobbins and the cover and secure everything in place.

In order for the wax to penetrate the coil, the entire pickup first has to be as hot as the wax's melting point. That takes time. As the wax penetrates the coil you will see air bubbles coming out of the pickup. It is not saturated until the bubbling stops, which can take 2 to 10 minutes. The tape around the coils does not need to be removed, the wax will get in just fine. It is absolutely crucial to monitor the wax temperature and keep it below 140 degrees or else the bobbins will melt and distort, killing the pickup. A special blend of parafin and beeswax guarantees a low melting point. Wax that is heated too much without temperature monitoring can spontaneously combust like fuel. This is very dangerous. DO NOT PUT IT IN THE MICROWAVE. A "double boiler" is the best way to heat wax. This involves putting the wax in a container, and then putting that container in a pot of hot water. The Water is heated directly by the heat source, not the wax container.

If you only have one or two pickups to pot, buying the wax will cost you more than having the job done professionally.


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