Tube Amps / Music Electronics
For current discussions, please visit Music Electronics Forum. New: view Recent Searches.
New: visit Schematic Hell!
The sunn still shines online!

Listen to great tunes streaming live right now!

ampage archive

Vintage threads from the first ten years

Search for:  Mode:  

Tele rhythm -- what gauge wire?

5/10/2006 11:26 AM
Tele rhythm -- what gauge wire?
I'm rewinding an old Tele rhythm to about 7.5k for a guy. Can you get that much #42 on it or did they use #43?
5/10/2006 11:33 AM
Greg Simon
I believe they were 43, although 42 works fine too. ANd you can fit around 7k of 42 on it from what I remember. Maybe someone who actually makes pickups on a regular basis can correct me if I'm wrong.  
Book Of The Day The Ultimate Tone, Volume III by Kevin O'Connor
Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to build a Bassman, Champ, Plexi, an 800, AC-30, Bulldog or Portaflex? Or you wanted to build an SVT with off-the-shelf parts? How about a master-volume amp that doesn’t change tone with the master setting? Everything you need to know is right here, including: proper grounding techniques, wiring methods, and mechanical considerations. Eighteen chapters cover the “iconic” amps everyone knows and loves, with schematics and layouts for each, along with the technical history of the product. Eyelet-board and chassis-mounted tube socket construction is used throughout, for easy servicing and modding. TUT3 is very accessible even if you cannot fully read a schematic and is a "must have" if you are going to build an amp for your self.

Note: The Ampage Archive is an Amazon Associate site. A small commission is paid to the site owner on any qualified purchase made after clicking an associate link such as the one above.
5/10/2006 11:47 AM

I was able to get 10.7k worth of 43 on one I made for a guy who loves it. It was nice and clear but really rude when you dug in.  
Just wondering if 43 would be a little thin for 7.5k. Wish I would have checked the old wire with a my micrometer before I threw it out...
5/10/2006 12:27 PM

I have thin coil around 7.6k #43 and sounds great  
5/10/2006 1:31 PM

Fender did switch to using 42AWG for the neck pickup and rarely got more than 5.5 K Ohm DCR out of them. They quickly reverted to using 43 AWG. You can understand why they did try a change after they were using 42 AWG for just about everything else.  
Farnkly, i would stick with 43 AWG and go for a DCR of around 6.9 on knocked down A5 or full charge A3.
5/10/2006 1:58 PM

I just made an Al2 43ga pickup 7.8k for my 'overly bright' Tele, it mellowed the tone quite a bit.  
I can't get enough 42ga on a tele bobbin to make it worthwhile.  
5/10/2006 3:00 PM

43 it is, then. The original wire did look suspiciously thin.  
It's gotta be +/-7.5k because that's what he wants -- he likes his neck pu a little "hotter" than the bridge, which he wants around 7.1-7.2.  
Can't change the magnets either because it's a rewind.
   Page 1 of 4 Next> Last Page>>