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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Silvercaster, Sep 13, 2019.
Who was the winder "J" at Fender about -62? Great, great pu´s!
Did she wind pu´s that early?
Taken from Fender.com, I'm confused haha
Josefina Campos has worked at Fender since 1991, but the roots of her story go back to the 1950s, when the company was officially founded by Leo Fender.
Josefina's Fender journey began on the floor in the Corona, Calif., factory, sanding guitar bodies by hand. Then, she was physically loading those bodies on the conveyer belt to head to the paint room to receive one of Fender's famous finishes.
But eventually, she found herself standing next to the legendary pickup winder Abigail Ybarra, who had learned the craft from Leo Fender himself and was the main steward carrying on his time-honored and time-tested techniques.
Josefina saw a new opportunity, one that would further the hand-crafted tradition of Fender's process of building high-quality and beloved instruments, and wanted to learn from the latest master.
She asked, and Ybarra answered.
"When she was thinking [about] retirement, they made an opening, and I applied," said Josefina. "I thank God she picked me. And she started teaching me everything she knew. She wanted to do it exactly the same, and that's what I do now. I'll do it exactly like she taught me, just like Leo did."
Hm I guess it's some BS PR, she started working there in 91 so it can't be her. I'm sorry, I got so confused haha
Hm, it doesnt say what year she started as a winder though. But Josefina is a good candidate for sure!
No I realized it can't be, she started working there in 91. It says she started working in Corona, she never worked in Fullerton. Sorry, very confusing way of Fender to tell her story..
It must be Josie?! I found this: "A Fender employee from about 1954 - 1964 and is famous for her hand wound Pickups."
Josie is Josefina Campos....
related thread is here
Well then it is her after all, the wording of the article just had me confused. I'm sorry
No, she absolutely is not. Unless she was winding pickups in the early 60s as an infant:
So Josie isn't Josefina Campos?
I'm confused, too.
This is a most ambiguous sentence, for sure. But I can assure you the first part is correct - she has only worked at Fender since 1991 (i.e. 28 years). I think when they say "the roots of her story" go back to the 50s they are referring to the fact that she learnt pickup winding from Abigail, who worked alongside Leo in the 50s.
Oh, Josie is a mystery woman though
She referred to on the forum archives as "Josie G" - not sure what the G stands for. I'm sure I've seen a photo of her and other women from Fender of that era, but I can't for the life of me find it....
I had some '65 Strat pickups wound by "Josie". Don Mare makes a "Josie wrap" Strat pickup.
Josie signed the pickups either with a single J or Josie.
This is not Josefina Campos.
The pickups in my 65 were wound by "Mel".
Yeah it would seem the Josie from pre CBS days no one seems to know the last name of not even Don mare although his pickups are supposed to be amazing . Apparently she did a ball of yarn style wind which was fairly unique, I suppose it must cross over a bit like a woman taking wool of wool , I remember when my nan wrapped wool around her hand to use it sort of crossed in the middle so im guessing Josie pickups did something like this they are apparently quite different to how Abbey or any one else wound pups.