1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:32 am

Hey all, just a quick little sign of life. I wasn't eaten by sharks, the project is still happening, all is well.
Many thanks for your attention, all your comments are much appreciated :)

Thing is, the real world & life with a young kid plus the current COVID thing (and a gazillion other cool projects) have my attention, so there hasn't been much progress. The other week I was able to work on the electronics, and I did some pretty wild MacGyver style DIY pickup winding - you'll love it when you'll get to see it. I will share some more cool progress soon, but give me time - I'm on it.

Until then, I hope all of you are well in these weird times. Peace :-*

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Norrin Radd » Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:18 am

Cool project! I’m glad you checked on so I can follow this restoration. Nice job especially on those pickup covers. The hours of sanding... :derp:

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Nord » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:15 am

Curious to hear if there are any updates coming soon!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:16 am

Still super busy, but it's on the list. The weather is getting better, so I'm getting ready to spray some lacquer soon. It will be happening!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Nord » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:30 am

Awesome, thanks for the update!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by ejendres » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:37 am

Amazing work man. Can't wait to see it finished.

For the pickguard if the screws are enough to hold it together I would just leave it unglued.

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:33 am

Hey all, I finally found some time to share some progress. Thanks for sticking around!

I've been entangled in other cool projects, namely a few very cool Höfner restorations. I also snagged a pretty beat up collection of parts that once resembled a 1960 Supro Dual Tone that will be featured when I do the spray painting. While I was working on the Höfners I had to come up with a solution to the ever-broken Höfner pickups. Meet my super trashy pickup winder! I winged it with whatever parts I had around. Wouldn't use that rig commercially, but it works.

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This also had me realizing that I never actually checked if the 1966 JM pickups actually worked.
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Of course, they didn't. Neck and bridge both measured open circuit and on one I could already see the wire unwinding. Not good.
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On the block:
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To my amazement I was able to restore both pickups by only removing about 20-30 turns on the windings where I found the break in the coil. This is super cool, because that leaves me with original pickups with virtually unchanged tone, 30 windings on a few thousand can't be heard. They measure around 7.4k which is good.
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For years I've had a broken 1964 Jaguar pickup that I was reluctant to have rewound. Usually it's either a normal rewind with new wire or a super expensive restoration. Since I was having so much luck and now also gathered some experience I had a go at the Jag pickup, too. Here, you can see the break in the wire and some nasty green oxide.
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No bueno:
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Aaaaand....tadaa!
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All in all, saving three vintage pickups in one afternoon, I considered that a happy day.
Next up: spraying some nitro!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by smjenkins » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:04 am

Awesome update and awesome progress! So cool to see you save three golden era pickups.

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Nord » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:20 am

Impressive pickup saves! Love the ingenuity, that winder is a winner!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by greens » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:43 am

Great work!

Not to derail the thread, but I was wondering - had the break been many windings in, is it possible to rejoin the wire somehow (solder or something) and reuse it?

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:59 am

greens wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:43 am
Not to derail the thread, but I was wondering - had the break been many windings in, is it possible to rejoin the wire somehow (solder or something) and reuse it?
While it is possible to carefully solder the wire together the problem is that you’d have to insulate the wiring again so it doesn’t short out to adjacent windings. I’ve done that when I rewound the Höfner pickup, but it wasn’t fun. That wire is much thinner than Fender wire and breaks easily. All in all, there’s nothing magic about old wire. In your case I’d rather rewind the pickup.

The thing with saving an original wind is that you have the pickup in its original state. When you cut off a damaged coil you don’t know the number of windings and resistance or winding pattern. When you rewind it to some guesstimate spec the pickup will sound different.
Worse? Better? Who knows. But this here is more about preservation and keeping it original. That’s why I did what I did. And because I love tinkering. Plus: it was the cheapest, too. Can’t beat that!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by greens » Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:09 am

Ah, i didn't realize the wires were insulated, thanks. (I have no broken pickup, just curious)

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by HNB » Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:46 am

That is really cool that you were able to repair those. Mad skills there. :D
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