ReWind Electric "Vintage Pickup Repairs Photo Thread" (eye candy central)

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  1. MasterEvan07

    MasterEvan07 Senior Member

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    So when I win the giveaway you're going to make me staple top P90s in humbucker housing for my LP? :-D
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Ha! I'll never build another staple P-90 for less than about $650. I took a bath on the previous ones I made, though I appreciated the challenge and experience. ...but I've already had that challenge and experience, at this point. ;)

    SO much labor involved in building those, when I have to make and plate all the hardware, magnets and even the bobbins and covers myself, by hand.

    I'll compromise though - if you happen to win, I'll pop a few staples into a regular humbucker for you with one of these: [​IMG]
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    This is from the switch assembly from the same 1954 Les Paul Goldtop. You know that "two plait braid" that is all the vintage-correct rage? ...that's not correct for 1954! Three plaits, here.


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    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    I love this thread! Keep em coming!
     
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    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    I have a skeleton 50s P90 that you may be able to use parts from if you want it, it's yours James, just let me know.
     
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    Why doesn't anyone produce three plait braid these days?
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Absolutely! I have some early 50's P-90 parts in a bin. I might be able to cobble something together with it. That's mighty cool of you! Thank you.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I get mine in 3 different styles. Custom made in bulk so I can have it made exactly as I want. I'm sure the StewMac stuff is fine, they sell great stuff and are a very reputable company with excellent service.

    It's just not exactly vintage correct and I'd rather buy and work direct with the manufacturer.
     
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    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    I looked in my stash but it wasn't there. I have it here somewhere, I just need to find it. As soon as I do, I will let you know James.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Very cool, brother. I certainly appreciate the thought, either way. I'd certainly be willing to return the favor in some way, as well.
     
  13. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Here are a few vintage Stratocaster coils that came off real clean. The two dark purple wire ones are from 1974 and the more reddish one is from 1967.

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    That top one is pretty cool, right? 100% in tact. I very carefully slipped it off the magnets after removing the bobbin top.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Back to the recent 1954 P-90 restoration I did...

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    These are the pole screws that I received in the pickups. Some nipped short with bolt cutters and, although some P-90s (and PAFs) had longer screws, the count of these doesn't add up. Every single one is stripped, as well. Ouch.
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Cleaned up 1954 P-90s with new bobbins.

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    There are no aftermarket P-90 bobbins with the original 1 15/16" spacing on the market. Gotta make them yourself to do a repair like this. Otherwise the original keeper bars, baseplates, and covers will not fit.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    New wiring harness, using the original switch. The switch needed a great deal of cleaning and some re-aligning of the frame, but these are built like tanks and will live on beyond us.


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    The replica Gray Tiger caps out there get a few details wrong and the originals are way out of spec today (well, mostly all, I do have one that somehow reads proper). ...so I made my own. I made the varnished glass cambric insulation tubing for the insulation sleeves, as well.
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    Back to life, to live on and rock more! I'll post some shots of the entire finished guitar, when I get them if I get the ok from the owner (I think I will, he's cool).
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    This early patent decal T-Top shows where Gibson pickups started to take a turn South, in my opinion. The more exact poly-wire-wound coils and the external connections to the coil starts. That was the beginning of the end, to me. T-Tops have their strong points, sonically, but they are definitely not as versatile as the earlier humbuckers, nor as interesting. Mainly, though, it was these types of business decisions that continued on through the various T-Top models until they just fell completely off the ledge, evolving into some of Gibson's worst pickups in the 1980s.

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    Here's another one from the same pickup. The wonky, wobbly cast keeper bars that made poor contact and have poor magnetic alignment.
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  18. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Here's another pickup from the same era. You can see the wobbly keeper on this on, as well.

    This one has a magical mystery magnet. ....some sort of discoloration from heat does this. It's not common, but not exactly rare, either. I've seen more than a few with this rainbow happening.

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  19. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    One of those cool P-90s with the clear bobbins, here!

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    ...and that big wide coil (or UHF antenna, depending on how you look at it) is one reason why Phat Cats and the like can never sound like real P-90s.
     
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  20. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Hrmmm.... what's going on here? Think this old pickup is any good?

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