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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 5:07 pm     Reply with quote

I've bought some of the items I need for winding pickups for a couple of lap steels I am building. Planning to build more in the near future also.

Any useful tips from people who have experience would be very helpful.
I am after the older fat and full tone from the 30's to the 50's.

Also any thoughts on 38 gauge v 42 gauge wire?
Best places to buy at reasonable prices in bulk amounts would be welcome.
Andy
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Jim Palenscar


From:
Oceanside, Calif, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 5:49 am     Reply with quote

A friend of mine by the name of Chance Wilson is a vintage pickup guru and said that to get the best vintage tone use as much of the thickest wire as possible. Recently I wound an old ShoBud pickup w 38 and put as much of it as I could on a bobbin for Ry Cooder who put it in a Tele and said that all of his other guitars now just sit in a corner hanging their heads Smile. It measured 3.17k and sounded wonderful.
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Bill Hatcher


From:
Atlanta Ga. USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 6:02 am     Reply with quote

have built and rewound lots of pickups.

if you are just doing a few....no need for some kind of elaborate set up. just make sure there is a small hole in the mid point of the bobbin. insert a long screw and lock it down with a nut. insert the excess screw into a small variable speed drill clamped down to a block of wood on your bench to elevate enough so the bobbin can spin free. leave excess wire on the inside so you can stop and measure ohms when you want to. variable speed drill will let you find the right speed. scatter wind and hold the wire between your thumb and first finger at least a foot away to give you some give in the wire so you wont break it.

either guage is fine. 42 is used a whole lot more than 38. best to wind two identical bobbins with both and test to hear exactly what your bobbin sounds like with those.

i used to buy from magnet wire supply. dont know if they are still around. wire is not cheap.
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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 7:40 am     Sounds like good advice Reply with quote

Thanks Jim,
I sent you an e-mail so won't go more than that here.

To Bill,
I'm planning on doing more than a few so want to get as much of the materials as possible here before I return to Saigon in October.
I'll try to track down that Magnet Wire Supply today. Maybe they have the 38 gauge wire that I'm thinking I'll need.
Regards,
Andy
_________________
Custom inlaid Star Guitar 2006 by Mark Giles. SD-10 4+5 in E9th.
Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Killer Tone Monster.
1952 or 53? Fender Duel 8, Walnut.
Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
Todd Clinesmith T-8 Console Ordered.
Also now have a Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
One 6 string metal Resophonic by Edwin Root.
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Michael Maddex


From:
Northern New Mexico, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 6:49 pm     Reply with quote

Over the years, I have often used Antique Electronic Supply for lots of stuff. For example:

https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/tech_supplies?filters=Wire%3DMagnet%20Wire

If you are not already familiar with them, you might want to check out their web site.

Good Luck on the Winding Road! Cool
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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 7:01 pm     Thanks Michael Reply with quote

Thanks Michael,
I'll check them out to see if they have some of the items I'm looking for.
Andy
_________________
Custom inlaid Star Guitar 2006 by Mark Giles. SD-10 4+5 in E9th.
Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Killer Tone Monster.
1952 or 53? Fender Duel 8, Walnut.
Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
Todd Clinesmith T-8 Console Ordered.
Also now have a Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
One 6 string metal Resophonic by Edwin Root.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger

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