Where can I find Pre-CBS cloth wiring?

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


  1. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy

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    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

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  3. Kmrumedy

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    Awesome! Thank you.
  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Supporting Member

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    You're quite welcome :)
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  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Yours is the only valid reason to use cloth insulated wire.
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    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

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    Thanks for the kind words and the quick help. This place is amazing.
  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    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

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    Cloth wire RULES!

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

    Grissle

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    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

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    AllParts sells it as well. It's pretty easy to find.
  13. okcrum

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    ...as well as Antique Electronics, and (possibly) Weber.
  14. Hopkins

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    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

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    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

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    Why? You can't see the wire until you open it up.

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