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    nice coil former design! Yeah anything before...

    nice coil former design! Yeah anything before early 1950s would have been varnished/lacquered not bonded
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    I had a gingery magnetizer and a bull dozer...

    I had a gingery magnetizer and a bull dozer battery but it was a pain in the butt to make and keep it trickle charged- it worked though! Now I have one of those commercial units about $400- works...
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    If you have a teflon set up like that you could...

    If you have a teflon set up like that you could use some bondable wire. As you wind tension it with felt pads and wet them with denatured alcohol. Dont wet them so much that liquid flies off the...
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    I have worked on hundreds of those and analysed...

    I have worked on hundreds of those and analysed the material. They are hardened by heat treating and are not tempered. The shoes will warp somewhat when heat treated so many of the sets dont line up...
  5. Nice- thats the place to start!- if you wind up...

    Nice- thats the place to start!- if you wind up with no end visible then its broken off below the surface so you have to cut it. Happens all the time- improperly spooled at the factory.
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    cool! magnets on those are 2.5 X .125 X .325 -...

    cool! magnets on those are 2.5 X .125 X .325 - inches of course and they have a steel baseplate the magnets have direct contact with.
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    Before I had a mould made we use to make the...

    Before I had a mould made we use to make the bobbins out of forbon- two flat pieces with a slit down the middle of each and would glue those to the magnet. Before i had a laser cutter I would make...
  8. Interesting- the probes on all my meters are...

    Interesting- the probes on all my meters are oriented.
    Having found a number of gibby pickups with north on the adjustable side but all of them made somewhere around 73? The year they embossed...
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    are you hand guiding? The machine spins faster...

    are you hand guiding? The machine spins faster are you traversing faster or at the same speed you use to?
  10. If you use a gauss meter negative means south and...

    If you use a gauss meter negative means south and positive means north. Most gibbies hav
    e south at the screw poles but I have found gibbies with north at the adjustable poles from time to time-...
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    yep you cut them and polish them yourself then...

    yep you cut them and polish them yourself then you plate it yourself- the electroless plating works well and is easy- Ive been plating CC blades for 20 or 25 years- thousands of them- and have never...
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    just like Tee- use a third eyelet, doesnt matter...

    just like Tee- use a third eyelet, doesnt matter if the wire is continuous as you will solder the eyelet eventually. You could use 4 eyelets and have two completely separate coils but it would...
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    yes Big Teee is spot on three eyelets is clean!...

    yes Big Teee is spot on three eyelets is clean! You could do it the way you describe too but of course you would get a lump in the coil- it would take more skill to make a clean tapped coil that way-...
  14. To each his own- there are people that like the...

    To each his own- there are people that like the sound of a magnetic pickup in an acoustic- think Elmore James or Lightnin Hopkins kind of sound but certainly not limited to that. Its not the current...
  15. A friend of mine from OZ told me about this years...

    A friend of mine from OZ told me about this years ago and I have done it many times so it works. Sometimes the "end" of the wire gets buried due to improper spooling or you have a badly damaged spool...
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    they used acrylic for many of the custom colors...

    they used acrylic for many of the custom colors and nitrocellulose for other colors and clear but dont quote me on that. I worked in finish shops for a number of years and yes there is such a thing...
  17. Wide range used nylon- never seen those...

    Wide range used nylon- never seen those deteriorate but they only go back to the 70's. IMO bobbin means assembled pieces or one piece moulded widgets that you wind a coil around. I laser cut...
  18. If we or I said PAFs rot- I dont know why!...

    If we or I said PAFs rot- I dont know why! Certain years of P-90s rot. Gibson also made alot of bobbins out of tortoise shell celluloid and that rots too. They also made dog ear P-90s in the 40s?...
  19. HA! Yes of course the point i overlooked- they...

    HA! Yes of course the point i overlooked- they only need to serve as a trigger- not to also function as a passive pickup which is an entirely different scenario.
  20. I have made lots of that type of pickup over the...

    I have made lots of that type of pickup over the last 20+ years. There are several problems; one being to isolate each coil from the other to minimise bleed through- that can be big problem, having...
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    its a 3X3 coil arranged end to end but offset so...

    its a 3X3 coil arranged end to end but offset so they are staggered like a P-bass arrangement- both are south up so both coils are out of phase with each other and they hum-cancel- the coils are...
  22. yes 1/8 X 2.25 or 2/15 face will be north and the...

    yes 1/8 X 2.25 or 2/15 face will be north and the other south.
    typically the longer the distance between poles on alnico the stronger the magnet so a magnet with 1/8 between poles is super weak- a...
  23. Roberto Venn uses those so I am familiar with...

    Roberto Venn uses those so I am familiar with that. One jaw is south and the other is north- determine which is which with a compass- opposites attract so the north end of the needle will point to...
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    If you cant find one heres what we've been using...

    If you cant find one heres what we've been using for the last 25 years https://www.alphalabinc.com/product/gm1-st/
  25. Having made 10's of thousands of pickups and...

    Having made 10's of thousands of pickups and testing each one may times during the manufacture on rare occasion youll find one where the resistance is what you expect but the inductance is WAY off,...
  26. you can buy those all day long cheap on ebay...

    you can buy those all day long cheap on ebay brand new...
  27. the guy from Utah- cant recall your name but yeah...

    the guy from Utah- cant recall your name but yeah we talked a number of times. Everyone dont get excited!:) I have been teaching at Roberto Venn hands on pickup making 2 X a year for about 10 years...
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    Ha! The action on any of them isnt the greatest!...

    Ha! The action on any of them isnt the greatest! I had to stop playing mine because it trashed my hands really bad. Whurlitzers have easy action. Look at the service manual ...
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