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Repair: 67 Telecaster Bridge Pickup

This is a very typical problem with Telecaster bridge pickups... Sweat form the player gets on the pickup causing the magnet to rust. This rust creates a rough surface and also starts to eat at the coating on magnet wire which eventually shorts out the pickup.

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As I received it the cotton string was removed by the customer to see it the outer winds were the problem.

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Bobbin dated 5-24-67

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With the wire cut off you can see the rust on the magnet. I tried to get a picture of the rust on the wire but could not get a good picture.

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Closeup of rust

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Here is the rewound pickup. I removed all the rust then sprayed with clear lacquer to limit future rust.

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Finished with cotton wrap. 6.5k

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