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1966 DeArmond Rhythm Chief Model 1100 Gold About The DeArmond Rhythm Chief is probably known as one of the best sounding pickups for ...

DeArmond Rhythm Chief Wiring Diagrams

1966 DeArmond Rhythm Chief Model 1100 Gold

About

The DeArmond Rhythm Chief is probably known as one of the best sounding pickups for archtop guitars and originals can break the $1000 mark. The Rhythm Chief appeared in the 1950s and continued to be built, to my knowledge, until DeArmond shut down around 1985. The most recent Rhythm Chief I've encountered was a 1982 which had a similar, if not identical, schematic to the 1962 Model 1000 schematic I've listed below. 

Despite its popularity, information about the wiring is surprisingly sparse. I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to repair a couple vintage DeArmond monkey-on-a-stick pickups. The usual troublemakers are the pickup lead wire which crumbles and shorts out (Mojotone sells a great replica wire) and the paper in oil capacitors which leak and fail. Less commonly the coil is actually damaged

A quirk that I documented was that the wiring schemes were constantly changing design, capacitors, and potentiometers. This makes it difficult to state that there is a definitive Rhythm Chief wiring schematic. I've documented the pickups that I've worked on and included their wiring diagrams here so you can find a schematic that most closely matches what you are looking for.

Also as a resource for DeArmond pickups, I'd highly recommend https://www.musicpickups.com/

1962 Model 1000
Coil Reading: dead




1962 Model 1000
Coil Reading: 15.8k



19?? Model 1000
Coil Reading: 7.3k
This model features unusual potentiometers with the pot code embossed on the phenolic board. I know for certain they were original to the pickup but I am unable to decipher the pot code. Following previous code standards, 360 should be the manufacturer code and 10070 should be a batch number. It has a similar style to the 1982 that I worked on so I assume its a later model, possibly '70s.

This schematic wasn't appearing to work so I rewired it according to the 1962 specs



1967 Model 1100
Coil Reading: 14.42k

2 comments:

  1. I have the opportunity to a DeArmond-Rowe #1100 that's in time capsule condition never used still in the box everything original. I think it's worth spending the money to get it!!!!!!

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    1. It definitely could be! Those time capsule finds are always incredible

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