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Stephens Design Pickups - The Vintage PAF Winder Myth Debunked...

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Published on Aug 12, 2013

(Soundtrack public domain). This video debunks the fabricated story that antique coil winders produce "vintage tone." Few believe this idea now, but it needs to be addressed in a logical manner and disproved by someone who has unwound many vintage PAF coils, by hand for research and illumination. PAF coils were all wound the same way, they all used the exact same pattern, any variations were simply the result of tension settings on the machine, and not from machine gear wear or other imaginings. Its impossible to distinguish those coils from coils wound on any other machine, which is why its quite easy for me to wind identical coils on my simple low tech auto-winder.

Yes, the coils are important and deserve study to copy them and thats what I've been doing in my work for years now. I have tried to keep the information in the video simple and also not give away any of my trade secrets that PAF's taught me, and use in all my work. The art of coil winding for guitar pickups is a whole art form and study in itself. There are no books or works on how to manipulate tone in pickups, I done many, many experiments to learn tone shaping through coil winding patterns; its amazing what can be done and discovered from the work I did. PAF coils do have to be done right, but in the end, the machine you use doesn't matter, your experience and knowledge DO matter, its not something a novice will easily master in only a few years.
Enjoy,
Dave Stephens
www.SDpickups.com

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