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    Sticky: Micha, great work on these, they are really well...

    Micha, great work on these, they are really well executed and imaginative designs.
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    Never seen strat pickups with quite that...

    Never seen strat pickups with quite that arrangement of ceramic magnets glued to the backs. Why the extended pickup routs?
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    The best solder sucker I ever used was in Denmark...

    The best solder sucker I ever used was in Denmark 30 years ago and had s soft silicone tip that sealed really well around the joint and against PCB especially leaving no trace of solder.. I'd love to...
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    Why not thin the bridge plate from the underside...

    Why not thin the bridge plate from the underside and deal with all the saddles at once? It's probably brass or pot metal, a magnet would tell you if it's steel.
  5. I'm thinking that the noiseless pickups are...

    I'm thinking that the noiseless pickups are stacked coils, no idea on the mag polarity. Can't think through right now why it would matter but it probably does.
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    I think I'd give Tom Jones a call to see what he...

    I think I'd give Tom Jones a call to see what he can tell you about these. A little heat blown on the tape should help it release, perhaps a squirt of naphtha too.
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    My immediate suspicion would be the pigtail...

    My immediate suspicion would be the pigtail connections at the ends of the coils. Either they didn't effectively strip the magnet wire or the solder flux is causing problems. I'd have at least pulled...
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    Sticky: Try a wrist grounding strap?

    Try a wrist grounding strap?
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    Van Nuys plating in So Cal deals with a lot of...

    Van Nuys plating in So Cal deals with a lot of guitar parts and has a pretty good track record as far as I know There's another place in the Bay area that does really nice 24kt gold if you ever need...
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    Sticky: Presumably the transformer coils are shielded but...

    Presumably the transformer coils are shielded but I wonder if they are also oriented alike? If at all possible I'd superimpose the sensing and dummy loops as closely as possible.
    Can you listen to...
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    There is no tailpiece so saddles must be...

    There is no tailpiece so saddles must be individually grounded or you can use a brass nut or a zero fret.
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    You can source the original ABM version of the...

    You can source the original ABM version of the single string saddles in Germany https://www.thomann.de/fr/abm_3710b_single_bass_bridge.htm but the Korean copies are probably 90% as good and available...
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    Salut tepsamp, Une belle aventure! Hipshot...

    Salut tepsamp,
    Une belle aventure! Hipshot makes a Ric replacement bridge with 17mm saddle width. https://hipshotproducts.com/collections/bass-bridges/products/rickenbacker-replacement-bridge which...
  14. I think a possible benefit would be the ability...

    I think a possible benefit would be the ability to locate many sensors along the string length and having the ability to control which sensor is providing the signal depending on what note is fretted...
  15. Here's a little historical background and primer...

    Here's a little historical background and primer on GMR. https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/giant-magnetoresistance

    This reminds me of a friend who wanted...
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    I suspect we are way overthinking this as usual....

    I suspect we are way overthinking this as usual. I really doubt Fender went to any trouble at all. Meanwhile good old carbon based India ink is pretty much impervious to solvents, oils and paraffin...
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    It might be possible to tell the difference between 1010 and 1018 via a home "spark test" with a small grinder, even a dremel tool. You will probably need know samples to compare the sparks with. You...
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    I'd back way off the turns for both neo and C8,...

    I'd back way off the turns for both neo and C8, try 4000 instead of 7000. Also try 42 and 43 rather than 44/43. That should clean up some of the mud. N35 and/or smaller mag dimensions will help. N52...
  19. Seeking info about a 1933 "All Electric Dobro" pickup -it's particularly noisy

    My good friend is restoring this particular guitar and wonders if there is a remedy to it's noise. I suspect it's not a terribly efficient pickup and since there's no shielding it buzzes louder than...
  20. Your .195 is essentially 5mm so you might have...

    Your .195 is essentially 5mm so you might have better luck searching for the metric dimension. I don't think anyone is particularly fond of these pickups that went into millions of low end Fenders...
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    Cinimag makes some of the nicest DI and other...

    Cinimag makes some of the nicest DI and other audio xformers around. They used to be in the $50 range.

    I'd suggest dropping 1000 turns off the P pickups and/or demagnetizing them slightly....
  22. Poll: I think I charged $30 for the last rewind, I...

    I think I charged $30 for the last rewind, I guess that might have been on the low side.
  23. Thread: Tone Kraft

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    There are laser equipped shops all over including...

    There are laser equipped shops all over including some DIY subscription workshops. Lots of these lasers still use Corel draw files which are pretty basic to create. The trick is that the operator can...
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    I agree that these open ended questions often...

    I agree that these open ended questions often lead to the most useful info.
    I'm convinced in the end that the magnets are what separate a good pickup from a truly great one. Have you tried A4 bars?
  25. I also use Helmholtz method to demag individual...

    I also use Helmholtz method to demag individual poles if one string is too hot.
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    Fender dipped armatures prior to winding them in...

    Fender dipped armatures prior to winding them in lacquer in an attempt to insulate the magnets and prevent the wire from shorting to them. It was not very reliable. When I rewound a 63 Jazz bass neck...
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    I'd pull the PU output wires off the blend pot...

    I'd pull the PU output wires off the blend pot and run them in turn to the jack. Blend pots come in two mirrored internal configs so if you wire one up wrong it won't work as expected. Get you...
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    CA glue is one of the higher temp glues available...

    CA glue is one of the higher temp glues available to us so as long as you keep your wax below it's open air combustion temp you won't have any problems.
    That said if you want to avoid the heat...
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