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Yes ... The pickup was rewound with formvar, (strat) wire when it was repaired, (the pickup was missing at once stage and arguably - when it was then reinstalled by accident the 'other way around') ... Chances are, he liked the tone ...
“The evening of the day I looked at it,” Hammett says, “I sent a message to Jimmy Page through a friend of mine saying, ‘Jimmy, what do you think of this guitar?’ And Jimmy’s reaction was, ‘I remember that guitar. You should absolutely buy it.’
“So I guess I should throw that in for the record that I have Jimmy Page’s approval. When Jimmy says, ‘Yes, you should buy it, Kirk,’ then it doesn’t get much better than that!”