1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

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1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Rickenbummer) » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:23 pm

I'm having a horrible time finding a replacement pickup that will fit into the horse shoe assembly on this rebuild I am doing. Do we know of any pickups that will work? Without needing to buy the entire horseshoe assembly? I can send this to have the Bobbin repaired and have the pickup rewound but I figured I should check here first because you fellas know more than me by default.

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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Rickenbummer) » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:28 pm

I wanted to post a picture of the P/U I'm sure you fellas have seen these before, but this is what I'm looking to replace.



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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (egosheep) » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:01 pm

I would just rewind the bobbin and pit some magnets beneath it, then mount it on a piece of aluminum bar stock with screw holes to fit beneath the assembly.
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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Rickenbummer) » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:02 am

I still have the horseshoe magnets and all the assembly.
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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Ron Simpson) » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:05 am

Yes you can have the bobbin rewound, then reassemble everything. You might also want to consider having the horseshoes remagnatized while It's apart.

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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Rickenbummer) » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:13 pm

Is there anyway to magnetize them myself?
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1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (8mileshigher) » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:30 pm

Rickenbummer wrote:Is there anyway to magnetize them myself?



There are several threads here on the RRF about re-magnetizing or re-charging Horseshoes. :) Do some searches on these Horseshoe topics and re-magnetizing or other similar words. There are also some talented people on the RRF, who know a lot about electronics and pickups, (like John A and CJJ and others) who might be able to assist you in getting these Horsies functioning again. Good luck.
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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Rickenbummer) » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:12 am

I found them after I asked, sorry about that, so I'm screwed, the guy I sent the pickup to for repair/rewinding simply broke it... I won't get into it because I'm tired of being mad about it. Is there no bolt on pickup replacement that can be attached to the metal plate inside the mags? I have the entire assembly, only the bobbin is broken, is there no replacement?
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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (Seans) » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:22 am

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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (doctorwho) » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:27 am

Too bad this wasn't posted a bit sooner ... IIRC, there was an ad on the Portland (OR) Craigslist a couple of weeks ago for some old lap steel horseshoe pickups.

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Unfortunately, the ad has expired (and apparently has not been reposted).
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Re: 1937 - 38 Lap Steel Pickup Replacement?

Postby (johnallg) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:56 am

Since your coil has 6 poles, you could get a toaster, pull the magnets out, put in steel screws, then reassemble the horseshoe assemble. Use the magnet assembly of an old woofer to recharge the shoes.
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