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    I figured there must be easy answers to the and...

    I figured there must be easy answers to the and sure enough the MWS site has the following among it's FAQs:
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    If you're only needing an additional 1/8" then...

    If you're only needing an additional 1/8" then you can just stretch the 1.5" springs out. It might take some practice or a jig to get consistent results....
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    I'd apply some natural lube to the felt, perhaps...

    I'd apply some natural lube to the felt, perhaps just mineral oil (3 in 1) to start with. Boeing makes a bike chain lube that's basically a dry wax in a fast evaporating liquid. Johnson's wax is...
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    Starting with these:...

    Starting with these: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2047396696.html
    If you can find white or natural nylon ones you can soak them in hot Rit salt dye in any color they make. Works on other high...
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    There's an eBay seller Kaish that sells screws...

    There's an eBay seller Kaish that sells screws with springs in bags of 50. Quality looks good to me and they came in a reasonable amount of time....
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    Piano rebuilders have good wool felt that won't...

    Piano rebuilders have good wool felt that won't melt. You can order strips or washers in various thicknesses off ebay. A strip of soft felt to dampen strings while tuning is probably a good bet....
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    It might be worth getting or building a tape roll...

    It might be worth getting or building a tape roll slitter. I just mount them on the lathe and slit with a razor blade to whatever is needed. A 2" wide roll is much easier to work with that trying to...
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    Has anyone tried...

    Has anyone tried https://www.amazon.com/3M-C314-BLK-Washi-0-59-Inch-393-Inch/dp/B00F9LDSKO
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    That makes sense. You might also try leaving a...

    That makes sense. You might also try leaving a .015" (.3mm) air gap or more between the coil and the slugs/ pole screws.
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    Have you looked at the black masking tape at Dick...

    Have you looked at the black masking tape at Dick Blick's? it's thick and kind of shiny, nothing like what I think of as crepe tape. I have no idea if that's what's wanted. It comes in .725" width...
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    The other reason that strings don't intonate...

    The other reason that strings don't intonate precisely at 2X scale length is that they don't articulate (bend) exactly at the node (nut and saddle edges) because the wire has stiffness (stiffness is...
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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.
  16. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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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