To some this is the holy grail of Strat pickups, the last flowering of the 'pre CBS' era ... so when it popped onto my bench for a rewind I thought I'd share the story of the rebuild of this this iconic bit of history. It'll be in several parts so please be patient :-)
The cover is gloriously manky ... just what you'd expect ... but the rust around the poles hints at the reason we are looking at a dead pickup.
The first thing that strikes me ... aside from the rust ... is the gloriously aged, honey coloured 'Heavy Formvar' wire; by the mid sixties replaced with chocolate brown 'plain enamel' ... and the slightly crazy winding pattern ... indicative of a true hand winding process ... not the machine wind that the mid/late sixties brought.
Next time stripping and measuring ...