Rewinds, Repairs and Potting

(13 customer reviews)

From the obscure to the vintage and prized, Revel Custom Pickups will go the extra mile to repair or rebuild and rewind your pickup. Repair is always the first priority (unless otherwise directed) so as to retain everything that makes your vintage pickup special. In the event that repair isn’t possible, a basic rewind will generally consist of removing the coil or coils, cleaning up the bobbin, and rewinding to original specifications with appropriate wire. This costs $60 per coil.

*In the more rare case of a pickup that is damaged or severely corroded, our rewind is actually a complete restoration, and will consist of disassembly, cleaning, reassembly and rewinding. This more thorough process is $75 and up per pickup.

In the case of difficult assemblies, new leads, covers, baseplates, potting, and/or additional services additional costs may be incurred. But I try to keep it very affordable and will tell you the cost upfront.

Yes, I can pot or re-pot your pickup! Re-potting is $25 for the first pickup and $5 each additional. I use parafin wax and can use a mixture of parafin and bees wax upon request.

13 reviews for Rewinds, Repairs and Potting

  1. Steve Richter

    I sent several pickups to Jesse for rewinding. He made sure to get all the information needed to duplicate the original and in one case, essentially fabricated a new spindle. I was very impressed with the quality of his work and the excellent communication and the pickups sound great! Warm, with good definition. I think his prices are a bargain for what you get. I deal in old, vintage Japanese guitars and some of these have unique-sized, single coil pickups, or in another case wide range humbucker pickups, so simply buying a drop in replacement is not an option. With Revel pickups I can be assured that my restoration will remain original, but with great sound!

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  2. Jimmy R

    Jesse took the Wide Range humbucker from my old Tele Custom and woke that tired old bad boy right up. It’s like meeting an old friend again. The service is courteous, quick, and very reasonably priced; Jesse knows his stuff and obviously takes much pride in his work. If you’re reading these reviews to help make up your mind, don’t hesitate—-Revel is the way to go.

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  3. Shawn Penney

    I reached out to Jesse to repair/rewind the bridge pickup from my 1980 G&L F-100. Communication from the start was phenomenal, and Jesse gathered all the info he needed to attain what I was looking for. The intent was to get this 40 year old pickup back to its former glory. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out……Jesse nailed it! Make no mistake, I’ll be back for more!

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  4. Ben

    Jesse installed new leads on two 70s wide range Humbuckers that were aggressively clipped at some point in their life. He did a vintage style braid on one and three wire on the other so I could get in/out of phase tones when they are played together. Jesse is fast and professional with great communication! I won’t go anywhere else for pickup work.

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  5. Bill Saunders


    Jesse rebuilt and rewound the bobbin and coil for my 1937 Electar Lapsteel. I wired it in and set the pickup screws about 3/32 below the strings and it blew me away!!!

    It screams….

    Deep rich bass and super clear and bright highs. Mid-tones are wonderful. Harmonics have incredible sustain!!

    Its output actually helped me to realize that one of the potentiometers on this old lapsteel is probably really a “gain” control. It has three pots, Master volume, tone and the newly discovered gain control.

    You brought it back to life.

    Beforehand, it had a subtle, mellow sound, but now it rocks!!

    Thanks for your talents!!

    Bill Saunders

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  6. Jason

    Jesse at Revel repaired the dead middle pickup in my 1965 Airline 7230. The sound blends in perfectly with the neck and bridge, which are still the original winds! I had looked for a while for a repair shop that would repair the pickup. Many turned me down until I found Revel Custom Pickups on the web. Jesse was quick to reply and had my pickup back to me in no time! Excellent craftsmanship, and excellent tone! I’ve found my pickup repair guy! Thanks!!!

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  7. Brett B

    My PRS 513 bridge pickup had an intermittent signal problem. PRS’s repair shop would only look at the entire guitar itself and I had a feeling it was going to be pretty expensive to ship it to them and have them look at it.

    The pickup is proprietary both in wiring and size so I couldn’t just replace it.

    I elected to have the pickup repaired but no pickup shop would touch it – except Revel.

    J was an absolute pleasure to work with. There was open and transparent communication throughout the entire process. He rewound the 513 pickup in his own style while keeping the exact functionality that PRS designed it with.

    Not only is my guitar functional and reliable again but the sound is absolutely incredible and breathed new life into my tone.

    Revel is definitely going to be my first choice for anything pickup related in the future.

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  8. Ned G

    I needed an old Fender Jaguar bridge pickup rewound. I asked around, and Jesse was the go-to-guy for this. We talked about winding it slightly hotter, but the importance of it blending well with the neck pickup. The pickup sounds fantastic. Great combination of definition, clarity and bite. Exceeded my expectations.

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  9. Hound dog

    Jesse did a fantastic job repairing my rickenbacker horseshoe pickup.fair prices fast service. I would certainly use his service again

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  10. Brian Stewart

    Jesse rewound an old Rickenbacker “Electro” lap steel pickup for a repair customer of mine. The rewound pickup sounded great and the customer was very happy.
    Jesse has great communication skills and is easy to work with. Turn around time was fast as well. Revel pickups is where I go for rewinds and other pickup repair work that I won’t do in my own shop.
    Brian Stewart, Tree Strings, LLC

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  11. Brad W. – The Guitar Shop, Rosemount MN

    Had a vintage pickup serviced. Quick turnaround and reasonable price! Will be sending all my work here.

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  12. Doug Rogers – A.K.A. bunnyman – Wood River, IL

    his was the first time I had ever had a pickup rewound. Jesse carefully guided me through the process and asked pertinent questions in order to make this pickup into what I wanted.

    I admit that I had no idea what to expect; after all, Jesse was rewinding the stock pickup from a $349 Squier Telecaster! I got a great surprise after installation. I could tell that this man loves what he does! It is evident in his work. I was chuffed when I turned the pot to 10 and cranked my Champ 600!

    If you have not had this genius rewind a pickup, do yourself a favour and send him one to rewind! You will thank yourself for doing it and thank me for the recommendation!

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  13. Mike Munson – Winona, MN

    My rewound vintage Gibson P-90 sounds fat and fantastic.

    Overall tone is sweet and just the right hotness. Hotter than the original and lesser than the Lollar I had in its place. Perfect. My ’65 Gibson ES-125 sounds just like it should.”

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