Originally Posted by narud
fwiw, none of the 70's sets ive pickups ive had have really had any smell left. the rewinds ive gotten that are accurate have all smelled like solvent from the lacquer thats sprayed on the outside of the coil.
I just removed the wire off a DeArmond Rhythm Chief pickup from the 1950s for a rewind, and you can smell the wire very easily. I also have plain enamel off an old Rick pickup here that you can also smell.
But your pickups do look like plain enamel. The wire off the '76 set didn't smell as strong.
Lacquer doesn't smell like plain enamel. For lacquer to dry, all the solvent has to evaporate. They actually dipped the bobbins in lacquer, not sprayed them. This was to insulate the magnets. So the lacquer had to be dry before they wound the pickups.
Clearly Fender used what ever wire they could get at the time. Gibson was similar with pickup parts.
I agree with you about the 8k+ pickups. That's way out of spec. I said that way back in that other thread, and also said no one was using 43 gauge wire, which I think you were saying Nordstrand was. I weighed vintage pickups on a digital scale, and then used to as a guide to determine how much wire was on them. When wound to proper specs they are between 6-7k and the same weight. I also used your sound clips as a guide and matched that.
I think the heavy
formvar thing is based on old Strat pickups. Teles never used it, and I haven't seen any bass pickups using it. I have seen bass pickups with what appears to be bondable wire, or single build formvar, such as that '65 Jazz set.
In the end it only matters for maybe dating the pickups, or doing restorations. it's not that important to the tone.
Here's a good thread on it: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/just-pick...amel-wire.html