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A New Pickup Winder Scratch Build!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Barncaster, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Rob,

    Good luck with the WRHBs! I was just at a major guitar store this morning here in Perth, waiting for the tech while was chatting with some bloke out the back....later he mentioned the bloke was winding his own, specialising in, yep, wide range humbuckers:

    http://www.martinasmith.com.au/pickups_wrhb.html
     
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  2. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Thanks Jack! They do seem to be making a comeback. I potted the set last night and assembly will start soon.
    Rob
     
  3. Mark Grant

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    Looking good Rob! I hate to say it but I think you're going to need that extra wire. The originals are fairly bright & Im not sure an underwind that substantial is going to be overall beneficial to the goal. With that said I hope they are fantastic and my words above are null!!!
     
  4. Barncaster

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    LOL,
    It wouldn't be the first time I dewaxed, desoldered stripped, rewound, resoldered and repotted. It's all a grand experiment! The mock up is looking pretty.
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    Rob
     
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    String it up !
     
  6. I_build_my_own

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    Let's hear it :)
     
  7. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Hmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmm. Tap, tap, tap . . .:lol::lol:
     
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  8. Barncaster

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    Guys, a fella has to work for a living! After the feedback, I think I'm going to rewind the neck into the new bridge pup when I get home. While I was winding, the little voice told me to go bigger but to my normal detriment, I ignored it. Ug.
     
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    Funny, the voice inside my head usually needs to be ignored, or it is to my detriment.
     
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  10. Mark Grant

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    You should've definitely taken the day off Rob! :) I think in the end it's going to save you time won't have to disassemble good call man. Cheers!
     
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    That's going to be a beautiful guitar by the way. Always had a soft spot for shoreline gold mmmm...
     
  12. Barncaster

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    Thanks! It's a brand new Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) tribute body. I've never been fond of the Thinline natural finish but the Deluxe burst is cool. This is really an unusual color for a Deluxe so when it came up, the little guy sitting on my left shoulder won...
     
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  13. Barncaster

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    Disassembly time!
    Today was disassembly and rewinding of the neck pickup into the new bridge pickup after being warned that it would be too underwound in comparison to stock Wide Range Humbuckers.

    So this installation is a bit of a pickup disassembly tutorial.

    The pickup is first mounted in a soldering station with one corner slightly lowered. What I'm doing here with a 30 watt Weller soldering pencil is heating the pickup to soften the internal wax and make it easier to get the cover off. NOTE: You would never do this to a healthy pickup as you could melt internal insulation and cause shorts. Also excessive heat could ignite the wax. Be conservative and use caution.
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    Then it's a quick flip upside down to liquefy the cover solders and aspirate the solder with one of those red squeezie bulb thingies.
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    Get both solder areas hot and a gently pull and Bob's your uncle!
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    Rob
     
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    I did a Tele deluxe last year, wanted the wr pups but turned out there were like the Yamaha split field pups oh well, can keep dreaming.

    Didn't the shiflett Tele just have normal buckers in them?
     
  15. Barncaster

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    Hey Mux,
    Yes they did but the bodies have standard WR routes so my mind connected the dots! A Shoreline Deluxe sounded tasty. The description said alder but there is swamp ash grain peeking at me in the unpainted routes. Came in at 4.8lbs. Not bad.
    Rob
     
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    So then it was time for the rewind and to do some math! I have included a step by step process for doing a reasonably accurate calculation to get this done. Actually it's more than reasonably accurate. [emoji6] You'll see my initial dimensions a bit big as I use a layer of good old black vinyl electrical tape as a real dielectric layer.
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    I went about 500 winds over the calculation in total but I don't think you can argue with the results. The little number on the meter is resistance and the larger inductance.
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    Onward we go!
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    Rob
     
  17. R. Stratenstein

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    Let's hear it!:D
     
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  18. Barncaster

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    Dialing in the pup heights now. The neck alignment is wonky. Working on that too but the tone so far? [emoji41] Will try to get a demo up today using the new Quilter as well.
    Rob
     
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    String it up !
     
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    What he said!
     
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