58 LTD in my RO
Congrats! I just ordered a set of the 58's. I can't wait to try them, they sound great in the vids.
ThanksThat's one of the nisest R0s I've seen ever!
I just discovered that you had a clip of the 58s in your thread.
Really nice sounding clips man!
OK, I ordered the 59 set too. It is nice to have choices.
The old wire has a lot of impurities in it. It is Not pure copper but has traces of silver & iron and other metals in the mix....
So almost all magnet wire used today is pretty much pure copper, but the old wire was unique due to an inconsistent mix of other materials. Another thing is the un-evenness of the enamel coating. I would bet that trying to unwind the old wire can be trying to ones patience, but yes, the old wire will sound different and most likely no two spools will sound alike unless they came from the same batch and same company. Personally, I like old wire!!!
...the wire is the wire.
My brain is upside down
No, thats me
Have you tried using Jon @ThroBak's magnets? His magnets pretty well duplicate the originals used in the 50's & 60's and are all poured here by mostly the same companies that Gibson used and the magnet mix is what was used back then.^ The modern way of manufacturing kind of takes the nuance out of something more artistic......generally speaking.
Not only is everything now made to engineering standards seeming more fit for the space shuttle, but the general standard that wooden instruments must now be made to be acceptable is more like you'd find with a German luxury vehicle. QC failure aside, just looking at the typical vintage guitar it would probably be picked to death on the general forum as a QC disaster.
I too have used not only similar pickups with modern vs vintage wire, but I have old pickups where mag swaps to modern castings have yielded very unsatisfactory results, and then newer pickups where old mags have really added depth to the tone. Needless to say the old wire, unless it can be really replicated, does start to become the 'real deal but no longer attainable'
I have a few of Jon's mags. Mainly the A4 and 2 UOA5's. They have gone into a few pickups that I found troublesome to finetune.Have you tried using Jon @ThroBak's magnets? His magnets pretty well duplicate the originals used in the 50's & 60's and are all poured here by mostly the same companies that Gibson used and the magnet mix is what was used back then.
Oh.. BTW, Cheopis IV, are you still taking orders for old wire pickups?
I still have a few sets left, they're listed on my site. 1x 1959 set and 5x 1958 sets still remain.