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Re: Tele rhythm -- what gauge wire?

5/10/2006 6:10 PM
jason lollar
Re: Tele rhythm -- what gauge wire?
max I can get on one with 42 while also being able to put a cover on it is 9,000 which depending on if your wire is running thicker or thinner is about 6K.  
9,000 turns is plenty for that design IMO.  
Typically they are 43 gauge.
5/10/2006 7:39 PM
Greg Simon
ok, so I was overly optimistic with 42. What do you expect for a hack! :)  
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5/17/2006 12:53 AM
That is an incredible amount of wire on a Tele Neck. I can't get 9000 turns of 42 on a strat bobbin most of the time, let alone a skinny tele neck?  
5/17/2006 9:39 AM
jasin lollar

Its true but just because I can do it doesnt mean everyone can. It is at the limit that I can put on there and its very hard to consistantly get that much on. You have to try hard to get 9000 turns of 42 on there.  
Its all about tension and keeping your winding uniform- 9000 I dont reccomend it for tone but it is possible.
5/17/2006 12:35 PM

While we're at it...  
At say, room temperature, how many ohms per 1,000 turns of #42 wire to you get on:  
1) Tele rhythm bobbin  
2) Strat bobbin  
3) One (1) humbucker bobbin  
I understand that the outer turns are going to be longer and therefore will have more resistance per turn than the inner turns, but I'm just looking for averages/ballpark figures so I can make such translations/conversions in my head.
5/17/2006 3:10 PM
David Schwab

I can tell you that on the bass pickups I was winding, 1000 tuns was about 800 ohms. That was on a bobbin roughly the size of a jazz bass, but a little shallower.
5/17/2006 4:24 PM
jasin lollar

Thats going to vary depending on the pole spacing and the height of the coil and its not a linear equasion that you can use and it varies with tension and the spool of wire.  
for instance some guys use electrosola wire which they run to the thinner side of allowable tolerance, I use some wire made in israel that runs thicker so results are totally different.  
Best thing is to make a chart and test it over and over and get an average.
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