The long and winding road…

Recent repair job was an old Gibson lap steel with an open circuit pickup. Closer inspection showed that the copper wire in the pickup was suffering from a terminal wire rot where there were patches of green oxide resulting in many breaks in the coil.

Only solution was a rewind…

Not having any equipment to do this I thought “it can’t be too hard to rewind a pickup by hand can it”. So I sourced some nice old 42AWG formvar coated copper wire, cut the old useless wire off and started winding.

It took six hours in total! About 9000 turns of wire you can barely see – never again…

But the results were worth it. I was never quite sure about the claims for hand wound pickups but the sound of this one was superb, warmth and clarity in equal strength and a tone control that made a difference (as it  matches the pickup very well).

Why should this be, well the theory goes that a hand wound pickup there is less stray capacitance as the wires are not in neat layers that act as plates. I can see that makes sense.

Trouble is I’m now hooked so I am now designing a pickup winder to speed up the process so I can experiment with winding a few pickups for myself to see if the “hand-wound is best” claim is actually true.

The jury is out…

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