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Where can I find Pre-CBS cloth wiring?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kmrumedy, Jan 11, 2014.


  1. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Hi,

    I am restoring a 1960 Slab board Precision bass. Other than the original finish that was covered in house paint, the bass is complete and original except the ground wire has been replaced. I would like to put it back to the original (or period correct looking) wire

    I simply am looking for a source of either NOS wire or vintage correct cloth wiring.

    Where can I find it?

    Sorry if this is a silly question. I find myself in place I haven't been before.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
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  4. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Awesome! Thank you.
     
  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    You're quite welcome :)
     
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial Seller

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Yours is the only valid reason to use cloth insulated wire.
     
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Seymour Duncan uses cloth wire on their vintage pickups, I thought it was a nice touch.

    Also, not a silly question at all, I like your style OP.
     
  8. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Thanks for the kind words and the quick help. This place is amazing.
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    hey, i kinda like the cloth stuff, especially the stew-mac version where it's pre-tinned together after stranding, so it bends and stays bent like solid-core wire.

    it's nice because you simply cut it to length then push the cloth back, no need for a stripping step.

    also, the cloth won't melt like teflon or PVC plastic.
     
  10. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    Cloth wire RULES!

    Anyone who has spent time working with it knows why, just as walterw explained!
     
  11. Grissle

    Grissle

    May 17, 2009
    I also love being able to just push the cloth up to expose the wire. Then it relaxes back down and makes things look so clean a classy.
     
  12. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    AllParts sells it as well. It's pretty easy to find.
     
  13. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
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    ...as well as Antique Electronics, and (possibly) Weber.
     
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial Seller

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I may be in the minority but I absolutely hate the stuff. Sure you can push the insulation back but it you have to hold it back until it is soldered. Its also quite a bit thicker and more stiff than vinyl insulated wire. This can be a pretty big deal in a tight cavity. The vinyl insualted stuff is much more user friendly, seriously, how long does it take to strip the end off a wire?
     
  15. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I agree with you, but if I'm playing a Fender Bass, and I'm doing it up vintage style, I use cloth wire. There's plenty of room for it in that situation.
     
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial Seller

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Why? You can't see the wire until you open it up.
     



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