One of my buddies loaned me a custom shop Tele loaded with Joe Bardens and ummm...unfortunately we killed the neck pickup in the process of reparing/modding the guitar. It looks like the high E got caught under the lip and cut the coils, the wrapping on that side of the pickup totally doesn't look Kosher. I dunno how it happened since it was working BEFORE we changed the bridge and rewired the output jack...but yah...we're 90% sure that the pickup is toast.
So...since we can't get a new Barden and finding a single Tele neck pickup is gonna be like looking for a needle in a haystack we're looking to explore the avenue of repair. When I talked to my tech this afternoon he suggested having Lindy Fralin rewind it and I dunno... since he doesn't really do the stack/rail thang' both my friend and I are apprehensive about it...ideally we'd get the pickup repaired and have it sound like a Barden. So, what other names can we toss into the ring? Probably the Duncan Custom Shop and...??? Who else can rewind a pickup with original sound & reasonable cost being the main factors.
FWIW I'm waiting on an answer from the Barden company.