Fender and Gibson Pickups

1967 Telecaster Bridge Restoration

1967 Telecaster Bridge Restoration

1955 P-bass Restoration

1955 P-bass Restoration

Most Fender and Gibson pickups will be $60.00. All efforts will be made to repair before rewinding.

The process for Fender pickups begins with a check  of the magnetic field. The leads will then be verified for continuity. The coil will now be measured to see what, if any, reading is available. If no reading, the solder joints are re-flowed and a check for continuity.

At this point, I will use a fine brush to determine if there is a break in the exterior winding. If no break is found, the end of the exterior winding will be removed and unwinding will begin. Generally, no more than 500-700 turns will be removed. If no break in winding is found and rust is evident on the poles it is safe to assume that corrosion has invaded the coil and broken down the insulation on the winding wire and compromised it. A full break down, cleaning, and re-assembly will now begin.

The bobbin will be re-assembled to original specs and any visible surfaces will be left to appear as original. The magnets will be isolated with a coat of lacquer. The coil will now be rewound in the manner it was done originally..either machine or hand wound.

When winding is completed the coil will be wax potted, lacquer potted, or left un-potted depending on customer preference and desire for originality. The pickup will be done in such a manner as to make repair or rewinding almost unnoticeable.

Typical Gibson pickups such as P-90’s or humbuckers have their magnetic fields checked and the pickup is then checked for continuity. I then remove the cover and tape and begin the process of trying to repair the coil. All original parts are reused if possible but replaced if necessary. I do attempt to reuse all tape and leads if I can and they are in suitable condition. I also try to make the visible solder joints on the pickups look as original as possible. All Gibson products are returned to their stock values for the year unless you specify otherwise.