Vintage pickup repair...

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  1. mds

    mds Member

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    Hey guys!

    I just scored a sweet '66 Tele....all original except the bridge pickup doesnt work. I bought it from the original owner and he had replaced the pickup with a new Fender, which sounds fine, but he gave me the original as well.

    I put a meter on it and got nothing...not sure what that means. The wires all look in tact but its hard to tell. I don't want to unravel the string or anything.

    Who's the best vintage pickup guy to repair this? I'm buddies with Lyle Workman and he said Jason Lollar's the guy, and Lyle is a vintage tele nut, but I thought I'd poll the knowledgable folks at TGP for opinions.

    Thanks!

    Mike
     
  2. Butterscotch

    Butterscotch Member

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    I had a dead '66 bridge pup brought back to life by Don Mare.

    He's a member here too.
     
  3. DonM

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    actually 66' was machine wound era pickups - not the greatest - but if you get it re-wound - do your ears a favor and get a good "hand wound" repair..

    Don (Mare) :)
     
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    Jason's a good suggestion. I had him do a pickup on a Coronado II which is a much tougher job. Sounds great, looks perfect, reasonable price, reasonable turnaround.

    I'm sure that Don could also do a great job for you given his pickup building chops.

    allen
     
  5. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Another vote for Don Mare. :dude
     
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    +1 for Don. Top notch winder.
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Jason Lollar.
    Lindy Fralin.
    Seymour Duncan.
    All of these guys could rewind it for you.
     
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    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Wolfe Macleod(Wolfetone) also. He will make it what it was or anything you want it to be.
     
  9. guitarman_1

    guitarman_1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Don Mare 1st.
    Jim Rolph second. Both the best at what they do.
     
  10. clothwiring

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    Don Mare.
     
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    Either Don Mare or Jason Lollar will do an excellent job for you.
     
  12. mds

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    Thanks guys...I'll definitely look into Don's and others work...this leads me to another question: Is it worth rewinding this one, or should I just buy a new pickup from one of these guys? Lyle swears Jason's pickups are the best ever and just as good a the old ones, so I might just try one of those out...or maybe do both and just use whatever sound best...thats the TGP way, right? haha
     
  13. clothwiring

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    Many people make great pickups, it's just a matter of finding the "one" that does it for you.

    I don't know if you're worried about the value of the pickup, but I would suggest contacting Don and ask him for his opinion. It might not need a rewind, maybe just a repair. He's great to speak with. He'll offer up the different options for what could be wrong and give you a good course of action that he'd take. Great guy all around.
     
  14. dhdfoster

    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd rewind it instead of replacing it, but that's just me.
     
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    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    The good news is that there is now a much wider selection of excellent pickups than ever before!
     
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    Don't forget Curtis Novak..check out his website. BTW I love Lyle Workman and always wondered what Fuzz he used on Frank Black's 'Teenager of the Year' CD...If you know or can find out that would be sweet!
    http://curtisnovak.com/
     
  19. mds

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    Not sure...he's got a LOT of pedals...he loves the Fuzz Factory, but I don't know if that was on any of his boards at the time...I'll ask him and let you know....
     
  20. brad347

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    when did the "machine wound" era start?
     

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