- Feb 1, 2020
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What are these? Do they affect tone? How are they different from normal plastic bobbins found in other pickups?
Thanks!Now, there could be some minor reasons to want to use Butyrate in a real true PAF replica. The bobbins will warp and twist and crack and sink in like the originals. Could make the look, or even the sound, accurate that final half of a percent. ...but the thing is, most replicas have some real glaring obvious deficiencies in accuracy in construction that make that last half a percent in looks or sound irrelevant. It's mostly just a "because Gibson did it" thing, like Bumblebee caps, paper tape, black coil hookup wires, and maple spacers. None of that really matters in a significant way. ...but it's what folks (self included on a really true otherwise accurate replica) want to see.
I'm really glad you enjoyed the book!Funny you say about warping etc bobbins. I'm very much an amateur tinkerer, using budget pickups for my experiments.
Couple of years ago, I decided to play around with magnets, and tried to 'depot' my guinea pigs. Of course, should have known it's virtually impossible to do, because of surface tension and capillary action, but anyway, threw em in the oven. Slightly too hot, bobbins softened just enough to sag a little bit. Miraculously, pickups still workand actually sound clearer. Temp was maybe 80C, so combination of bobin deformation and wire expanding, contracting changing tension???
I'd place it in the 'don't try this at home catagory.
By the way, bought your book last Christmas. Fascinating read. Just started rereading it.
I got mine from Amazon, "PAF Humbucker Pickup. From Myth To Reality".Where can I get this book?
Everyone seems to be talking about it.