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'51 Fender P-Bass Single Coil Pickup Info?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:59 am    Post subject: '51 Fender P-Bass Single Coil Pickup Info? Reply with quote

OK, I've searched the internet with no real definitive answer. I need a good starting point for winding a single coil bass pickup for a '51 reissue p-bass. Does anybody know the approximate number of winds?

I can't find a good answer even on THIS website. It says 10,000 winds but that could be for the split pickup on a later p-bass.

It seems like somebody somewhere would have this information. I'm hoping that someone hangs out on this forum!

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never found any info on the single coil, but this .pdf may shed some light.
https://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/i-2105/i-2105.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lon wrote:
Never found any info on the single coil, but this .pdf may shed some light.
https://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/i-2105/i-2105.pdf


Thanks, Lon--yeah, that sheet doesn't have any information on it either. I'm just going to eyeball the pickup that's in there now and kinda see where I end up. I understand that the winds aren't indicative of the sound it will produce but I usually use it as a jumping off point. That's why I typically wind a middle strat pickup first. I wind it to 8700--get the DC resistance--then wind one to 8400 (for the neck) and one to 9700 (for the bridge). Then the set is balanced for the guitar.

That last part was a little off subject but I just wanted to give you some insight into wanting to know how many winds a vintage pickup has.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask Fliski.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm hoping he chimes in. I would PM him but I want to keep this out in the open in case it helps someone looking for this information in the future.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I can't say for sure as I've never made one to spec..

It'll definitely be Formvar, Alnico V...

I'd try something in the 9600 turn ballpark. That'll at least get you 90% of the way there for the vintage tone you'd expect but I can't say that it'll be exactly the same as the old ones were.

I couldn't find any turn counts anywhere either aside from that 10,000 one which is probably a guesstimate in the first place
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Web search: Stewmac Parts kit for Precision Bass.

The number of windings are probably the same whether they are split or single. The Stewmac tutorial states, "... Approximately 10,000 ...". Wink
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