They Live!!!! Dave: I've wound the neck and new bridge but I'm having mixed emotions here. These Shaws rebuilt and cleaned up are stunning and they just feel right. I've been a Shaw fan for a long time and still love them so it's an irrational emotional attachment to something historic. Haha, anyway... I'm letting the pickups sit overnight so the magnets/metals can mesh. I hit both magnets with a recharge but surprisingly (for Gibson) they were already max charged and neither one changed significantly. Regardless, they still need to rebalance and saturate the metals before I'll get a proper tone test out of them. Here's some thoughts (about the 53mm Not Shaw). I think the Shaw mag in the 53mm bridge is going to be very weak...weaker than the original. They're smaller magnets, much shorter than a standard mag and with the elongated coil and spread out poles it might decrease the field even more given the low charge on them. I'm going to try it out anyway because I could be wrong. If it does suck, I'm going to swap in one of my PAF style A2 that charges a bit hotter and should give more oomph in comparison to the neck with Shaw magnet. Then I'll try A5 and see how that goes; maybe even a C8. When winding the bridge, the extra length of the bobbin core made it come out a fair bit hotter with the same number of turns (as you'd speculated back when). It reads 8.4k but is still warm from handling and soldering so I suspect that'll settle down to 8.0-8.2 overnight. Here's my thoughts. If it doesn't give proper volume when I test this 53mm, I'd like to pull the metals/magnets and rebuild the original Shaw from all the original parts. I can do whatever sounds best on the 53mm. If the 53mm sounds good as is then I can rebuild the original Shaw with parts from a mid 80's Gibson donor bucker I have. It even has gold poles!