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  1. One sure way to find out if it is the pickup or...

    One sure way to find out if it is the pickup or the maple guitar is to swap the bridge pickups of the two guitars and see if the problem stays with the maple guitar or the pickup!!!
  2. Two thoughts come to mind without rewinding the...

    Two thoughts come to mind without rewinding the coils, assuming the wiring (signal path, pot value(s), pot tapers, caps, etc) is not the issue:

    1) Try fully charging the A5

    2) If you know...
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    Thanks David!!!

    Thanks David!!!
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    Yes he did the DarkStar. Thanks, any pictures...

    Yes he did the DarkStar. Thanks, any pictures would be helpful. Either post here or PM. Thanks again
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    T, DISCLAIMER --- I am not an expert on these...

    T,

    DISCLAIMER --- I am not an expert on these obscure pickups.

    In fact, I have very limited knowledge and direct experience with them as a winder. I do greatly admire their unique sound and...
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    Thanks T, I am aware of the work Curtis has...

    Thanks T,

    I am aware of the work Curtis has done reproducing and repairing the Bi-Sonic. Very impressive. I haven't run across any detailed specs for the original pickup other than general...
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    Does anybody know, or have an educated...

    Does anybody know, or have an educated guess???????
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    Guild / Hagstrom Bi-Sonic Specs

    Does anybody know the coil height on the original 60's /Hagstrom Bi-Sonic?
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    P.A.F. era TPL/Winding pattern varied depending...

    P.A.F. era TPL/Winding pattern varied depending on what machine the particular bobbin was wound on. And total turns varied tremendously per bobbin.

    These factors, along with others created some...
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    John, Got it. Makes sense now. Was trying...

    John,

    Got it. Makes sense now.

    Was trying to figure out how you tensioned with what was pictured. One of my old COWECO machines actually used a spring tensioner that pulled on a brake to...
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    John, Agree with RPM control. How do you...

    John,

    Agree with RPM control.

    How do you use the spring tensioner you pictured???

    Jim
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    As a general rule of thumb, most hand guided...

    As a general rule of thumb, most hand guided pickups will tend to be micophonic and will need potting.

    T-Tops, AND real Gibson PAFs were all machine wound, albeit to vastly different TPLs...
  13. If it were a degaussed magnet(s) the symptoms...

    If it were a degaussed magnet(s) the symptoms would be consistent, not "coming and going" as you describe. Likely the coil based on your latest response.
  14. Check the wiring to the switch...if that checks...

    Check the wiring to the switch...if that checks out okay and the problem still exists, then try jumping the switch.

    If still no resolution, I'd "re-flow " the connections on the bad coil and/or...
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    Nice Post

    Nice Post
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    Each winder, and their customer, hears things a...

    Each winder, and their customer, hears things a little differently AND wants different things. Subjectivity and objectiveness often become blurred. Which is exactly why we are having this discussion....
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    5250 (42 AWG) with the right TPL does not sound...

    5250 (42 AWG) with the right TPL does not sound too muddy with a fully charged A2, or especially with fully charged a A5 with/or/without cover IMO.
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    Interesting. Several questions come to mind. ...

    Interesting. Several questions come to mind.

    What is the core material? It looks like it is glued together--Correct?

    Are there counter-sunk holes for the adjustment screw heads? -- Hard to...
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    I've tired different mixes of Alnico on the same...

    I've tired different mixes of Alnico on the same pickup...with interestingly good results. But, never tried mixing type of magnets like Alnico with Neos or Alnico with Ceramics, etc. I think the...
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    Jim, Now I am a little confused....I thought...

    Jim,

    Now I am a little confused....I thought you were talking about the early versions that had only 3 volumes, one master tone control, and NO switch which should be consistent for the years you...
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    Weird. I have seen only a few of these a long...

    Weird. I have seen only a few of these a long time ago and don't recall any issues with the volume reversing. But they may have been the later "Switchmaster" version with separate tone controls for...
  22. Very cool idea. Pls keep us posted as you learn...

    Very cool idea. Pls keep us posted as you learn more.
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    +1

    +1
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    Here is my understating of the P-90 origins. ...

    Here is my understating of the P-90 origins.

    Introduced in "46 the P-90 had a "Dog Ear" style configuration. I believe that very first "Soapbar" style was introduced when the first Les Pauls were...
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    I thought A5s were invented during World War 2....

    I thought A5s were invented during World War 2. ???
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    Try using felt. The high density foam, if...

    Try using felt. The high density foam, if slightly abrasive, might be causing turn-to-turn shorting.
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    Quick question. Just noticed that your pics...

    Quick question.

    Just noticed that your pics show two counters???? Do you use both to validate the actual count? or???
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    StarryNight, I had a counter that got off...

    StarryNight,

    I had a counter that got off once, not the sensor or the flag. Somehow the settings on the back of the counter unit (Micro Wiz) got changed and my counts were off.

    In your...
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