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    Have quite a few T-Tops on hand ranging from '68...

    Have quite a few T-Tops on hand ranging from '68 to '80.

    I've seen all types of magnets in them and all kinds of wire.

    Here is a side by side of one from around 78 and the other from around 74....
  2. Duncan Zephyr back from the dead ... USB microscope coming in handy

    I've had a pair of Seymour Duncan Zephyrs in a draw for about 3 years, finally decided to restore one of them. I picked them up on eBay for less than $100 Aussie each thinking I'd eventually fix and...
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    Have you tried sealing the stamped flatwork with...

    Have you tried sealing the stamped flatwork with a spray on clear coat (let dry), then dipping ?
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. I pin the wire...

    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    I pin the wire down to my work bench with my index finger and then gently wipe a 600 grit sandpaper along the wire to the end. It takes some practice not to press too...
  5. There's lots of info on this forum that can be...

    There's lots of info on this forum that can be searched for.

    I think this thread covers your needs
    https://music-electronics-forum.com/showthread.php?t=26280

    ... and welcome to the forum.
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    This link may be helpful ...

    This link may be helpful

    This one too

    If I am reading the code correctly it's 185473 which would be a 73

    From the links above I would think week 18, day 5, operator 4
  7. I'll perform an audit on my collection of 60's...

    I'll perform an audit on my collection of 60's and 70's pickups when I get a few minutes and report back. I'll see if I can spot when they may have changed the manufacturing technique. Pretty sure...
  8. I'm pretty sure they are fake. Here's one...

    I'm pretty sure they are fake. Here's one reasonably reliable way to tell.

    The old pickups have a hole in the center of the bobbin to mount it via a screw to the winding machine. As a result, you...
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    Where does the line start ? 53553

    Where does the line start ?

    53553
  10. From what I've read up it seems the most...

    From what I've read up it seems the most convincing description of the serial stamps for Fender Pickups is as follows

    Pre-1974 had 4 digit stamps X YY Z where X is batch number, YY is week...
  11. Yeah, perhaps it was how I built mine the first...

    Yeah, perhaps it was how I built mine the first core was wound, then linked in series with the wire for the second core. When that was wound the bobbin was assembled and the wire from the second...
  12. Tried a dual core. Way harder to make then the...

    Tried a dual core. Way harder to make then the results warranted.
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    Yes ... I went down this path but the fiddly part...

    Yes ... I went down this path but the fiddly part wasn't the stepper motor control ... rather it was programing a workable menu on the LCD keypad shield that I was using. Gave up and went with a PC...
  14. Image Processing for determining Pickup Re-Winding Patterns

    So I'm almost there with my new contraption. It's using a USB microscope to take images as I unwind a pickup (automated) and perform some image analysis on the images to capture the re-winding...
  15. I have some Dimarzio pickups from the 1980s. ...

    I have some Dimarzio pickups from the 1980s.

    Here's what I've seen.

    The legs either have Triangular tabs or Square tabs ... never seen the round ones like in your photos
    43549
    43550

    The...
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    Sure. Here's a link to the latest...

    Sure.



    Here's a link to the latest incarnation, which I built

    Here's a link to the winding pattern design program discussion

    Let's keep discussions on this thread to have it available to...
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    The entire Bowie thing is covered in some depth...

    The entire Bowie thing is covered in some depth in the excellent "Day by Day, Night after Night" book by Craig Hopkins

    If you are a fan of Stevie's and haven't read this it's a treasure trove of...
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    The entire Bowie thing is covered in some depth...

    The entire Bowie thing is covered in some depth in the excellent "Day by Day, Night after Night" book by Craig Hopkins

    If you are a fan of Stevie's and haven't read this it's a treasure trove of...
  19. Can we assume from this that StewMac will be...

    Can we assume from this that StewMac will be retailing this when it comes online ?
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    Hi Teee, I'm assuming you've already...

    Hi Teee,

    I'm assuming you've already progressed well down the path with this one ... but a local CBG maker uses a P90 style because you can make them pretty flat to sit under the strings without a...
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    Crock Pot ... this has a Low and High setting. I...

    Crock Pot ... this has a Low and High setting. I use the High to get it to temp and the Low setting keeps it just perfect.

    I use a paraffin/beeswax mix

    Also, grab a cheap Milk Thermometer ......
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    I have also tried this but couldn't get a sound I...

    I have also tried this but couldn't get a sound I really liked in either mode.

    I built an almost full height "strat" bobbin as a slug and wound with 42 HFV to 7200 tapping at 5000. I wound the...
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    "Polar Fleece" Polyester cloth is made from...

    "Polar Fleece" Polyester cloth is made from recycled PET bottles

    https://youtu.be/zyF9MxlcItw
  24. Correlated Magnets - Applications for Pickups ?

    Hi

    I stumbled across Correlated Magnets that allow you to create Magnets where it's possible to "Program" "magnetic pixels" on the surface of the magnet. This allows for both North and South...
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    I like to dip mine ... twice. I believe it...

    I like to dip mine ... twice.

    I believe it helps to not only insulate the magnets, but also acts a little like an adhesive keeping the flatwork and magnets together.

    Good luck
  26. Un-potting a late 60's Fender pickup

    Hi all,

    I have a dead mid/late 60's fender mustang pickup that I would like to rewind. I really would like to unwind the entire pickup and get a good look at the layers and structure of the...
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    My Mark I auto-traversing winder uses a Stepper...

    My Mark I auto-traversing winder uses a Stepper Bee controller from these guys and it is very stable, however there are far fewer built in capabilities compared to the Phidgets controllers.
    ...
  28. Yep, I've done this a few times ... no problems....

    Yep, I've done this a few times ... no problems.

    I use a couple of Neo's like this (jump to 1:42)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj8CalXjNUc&feature=player_detailpage#t=103
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