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Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Petenbacker) » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:18 pm

I've owned and loved my '76 481 for 27 years but slowly the humbuckers have been losing their voice. Has anybody considered renovating these or could it be time for a repro scratch plate and single coils?
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (8mileshigher) » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:17 pm

Did you consult with Sergio ? ? :wink:
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (jps) » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:49 pm

8mileshigher wrote:Did you consult with Sergio ? ? :wink:

+1. You might want to have this thread moved to the proper section as this one is technical issues for the forum, itself, not general questions. :wink:
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (weemac) » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:42 pm

If they have been getting quiet it would suggest they are degaussing. Now the ferrite magnets used on hi-gains are not prone to doing this.
It suggests that the magnets may be Alnico.
Alnico is not hard to regauss if you know what you are doing.

I believe John Hall designed these pickups, perhaps he will chip in here and tell us if the magnets can be regaussed..

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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Petenbacker) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:34 am

I was hoping you wouldn't bring him in to this. I've never heard his stuff but I think I bought it before he was born!?
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Petenbacker) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:37 am

Dear John.........
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Petenbacker) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:46 am

Dear Mr Hall , I think I've been gaussed!
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Grey) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:54 am

Petenbacker wrote:I was hoping you wouldn't bring him in to this. I've never heard his stuff but I think I bought it before he was born!?


He's referring to a member here, not the guitarist.
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Petenbacker) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:13 am

Thank you 8 miles , I'm extremely analog and appreciate your suggestion. Will try to work out how.
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:33 am

I'm seriously. :lol:
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (Grey) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:03 am

In case that flew over any heads, Peter thought that Rich was referring to Sergio, the guitarist for Kasbian, who is the (only?) most prolific pro-musician user of 480/1 guitars.
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:13 am

Sergio (Silva) is very good at what he does, but there are many folks Stateside who can fix your pickups too. Shops like Lindy Fralin's and Seymour Duncan's, plus a host of other small-time pickup winders who would certainly welcome your business.
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (jps) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:52 pm

sloop_john_b wrote:...plus a host of other small-time pickup winders who would certainly welcome your business.

Like forumite Mark Walker, for one.

I think you have my address, Mark, the check is very much appreciated. :wink:
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:06 pm

jps wrote:
sloop_john_b wrote:...plus a host of other small-time pickup winders who would certainly welcome your business.

Like forumite Mark Walker, for one.

I think you have my address, Mark, the check is very much appreciated. :wink:


Does Mark do all pickups? I thought horseshoes were his specialty/preference...
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Re: Poor old 481 humbuckers. Can they live again?

Postby (jps) » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:13 pm

Not sure. Mark?
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