Single coil Damage ?

LushTone

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I purchased a new Fender single and noticed the coil wires aren’t consistently snug as you would expect from the custom shop. Basically there’s a wrap of the wire that’s actually loose from the coil but seated to the bobbin/Flatwork with the wax/potting. It reads as the proper resistance but does anybody think this is a sign the pickup isn’t up to quality and should be exchanged?

Appreciate the help! (Currently learning more about single coil anatomy)
 

mayfly

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I think it's probably fine.  It's protected in the bridge, and one coil loose will not change the tone of a pickup that has hundreds of windings on it.  If you're worried about the loose wire catching on something you can always tape it with some cloth (gaffers) tape.
 

LushTone

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Thanks for the feedback, I went ahead and looked at other custom shop pickups I had and this really doesn't look good for a brand new pickup. It also reads a little lower than the range the pickup is spec'd out to be. So I returned it!
 
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