Why do some older Strats have a fuller sound than new ones?

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Why do some older Strats have a fuller sound than new ones?

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If you ever look at the early Stratocasters you can see the coils are wound quite full when wound with 42 Formvar. The coils on the pickups are wound by hand as the insulated magnet wire is guided back and forth on the bobbin. Hand winding can make for fatter coils as each turn is not precisely layered side by side and often the turns over lap which can cause a fatter coil. Automatic winding machines layer the turns side by side as determined by the pitch or how many turns per layer. The older hand wound coils used a pretty basic winding machine. The counter was activated by the use of rubber-bands which could slip and not give the winder an accurate number of turns. The shape of the coil was determined by eye and the hills and valleys would be filled in as needed. Automatic winding will automatically wind the coil to the desired turns per layer and number of layers. Post-CBS Stratocasters started using 42 Plain Enamel and wound precisely to the number of turns on the counter.

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