Gold Foil Pickup re-wind

Gold Foil pickups are not for everyone or for every situation. They are low powered with no shortage of high end. This pickup came to me with the coil reading ‘open circuit’ on the meter so it was likely it would need re-winding. It’s a Tokai from the 1960’s You never know what you’ll findContinue reading “Gold Foil Pickup re-wind”

‘63 Jazzmaster pickup re-wind

I recently had this ‘63 Jazzmaster pickup in for a re-wind and thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about what gives them such a unique sound. What gives a Jazzmaster that smooth, full ring? The simple answer is ‘coil geometry’. As you can see it’s a very thin pickup. That means that less ofContinue reading “‘63 Jazzmaster pickup re-wind”

Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker

I had a 1975 Wide Range’ humbucker in for a rewind the other day and took the chance to take some pictures. I thought I’d explain why these are different from ‘normal’ humbuckers and show you what its innards look like. The main difference is with the magnets. A tradition ‘Gibson ‘ style humbucker hasContinue reading “Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker”

Rewind on an old Jansen Pickup

A couple of weeks back I received this faulty old pickup from a Jansen stratphonic hollow bodied bass made in New Zealand. The meter was showing it was ‘open circuit’ so after the usual tests for dry joints and removing the top layer of windings I decided it needed rewinding. I do enjoy saving oldContinue reading “Rewind on an old Jansen Pickup”