Some years ago one day all of a sudden the neck pickup of a 64 Strat was dead. Infinite DCR, no sound. As I could not see any obvious problem, I put in a replica pickup. I assumed it was corroded inside and the corrosion from the pole pieces killed the coil wire, as it is often the case with old pickups. I wanted to let it be rewound but still have not, mainly as I heard about some people in the US offering (expensive) rewinding with the original wire, winding it off and on again. Prefered to find someone for such a job - one day... Glad I haven't yet because... ... for some reason I had another look at the pickup this weekend, and on one side of the coil I could see an open wire end. Also I could see a deformation of some wire turns exactly where it was broken, see pictures. The open wire end was the 'wrong' end, the one finally going to the white cable. I knew I need the other end, the one from ground. I could not find the other open end, knowing that it MUST be there obviously. I measured the other end with just 11 ohms to the end of the coil so I knew it can only be 10-20 turns before the end of the coil. I carefully teared it off, hoping some of these turns would free the hidden other open end. I removed about 6 feet of wire. Unfortunately this did not reveal the other end. After endless searching, carefulle cleaning the coil with all kind of little brushes and pins, and even moving rather lose wire turns slightly around with a toothpick, I managed to find it. It 'fell' down to the bobbin, so it really was almost under the coil, the turn directly down at the bobbin, with the wire end being bend a bit into the coil, thus invisible all the time. I then teared off one turn of this wire and soldered it again to the coil end eyelet. Voila, the pickup worked again. Now I wonder: what could have caused this deformation of the coil wire that broke it there? The guitar played fine, was stored away, and was dead the next time. No accident or abuse. I guess the pickup cap must have touched it, maybe a sharp edge. The neck pickup is tilted as the celluloid guard has shrunk, moving the neck pickup a bit toward the middle pickup until the bottom bobbin was in touch with the wood I guess, thus the slanted pickup. Could this have moved the cap against the coil. Or the shrinkage of the guard itself that bruised the cap? Anyone ever encountered something similar?