Hi all, this is my first post here - I make pickups and build guitars but I'm new to making CBG's. I have my materials together and hope to start next week sometime on my first one :-) 

In the mean time, some here might be interested in the winding setup I built - 

Lathe based, has counter, tach and programmable auto stop. I routinely wind at over 3000 RPM. 

Total cost to build was $159.00 and I have a lot of functionality for that price.

If anyone is interested I can post up a build thread.

A few pups that I've wound on it -

String through tri-bucker

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Very nice pro setup. I bet the guys over at the Pickup Makers Forum would be very interested in your build.

How are you making the bobbins?

Thank you! Those guys didn't really care about my setup, they're doing different things :-) Too much cork sniffing for me. 

I laser cut my bobbins, both prototype and production. I assemble them with an inexpensive 1 ton arbor press; everything comes out super square and nice and neat. 

Not the greatest pic, but I'm using it here to cut out a fretboard from acrylic for a lap steel -
This is fascinating to me, and I would love to know how this
fret slot cutting setup works.

I agree there is a lot of cork sniffing over there. I can't believe they didn't like your setup though based on things I've seen over there. Oh well, their loss...

Where can ordinary mortals get hold of a laser cutter?

It's cool, they're just doing different things I guess.

I just genuinely want to give a workable idea and good design to the community and provide an alternative and enhanced capability over most of the winders currently on the market, at a lower price to build then even the entry level models.

I saved up quite a bit for mine a few years back - it's an Epilog Helix, made in Colorado. There really are only two American companies producing products in this market segment - Epilog and Universal.I've used both and both are EXCELLENT products with top notch American based support. You don't get sent to a call queue in India when there's an issue with the equipment from either of these companies, or wait for an email from mainland China. 

I normally don't mention that I have a cutter, puts people off sometimes and makes them think your something you're not. The truth is I'm a buy one, cry once kind of guy when it comes to tools of consequence, and I saved up my nickles and eventually bought the tool that I wanted.

Good for you.
Thanks Again

Fantastic write up.  Thanks for sharing the details on the build.  The only question I have is why are there two holes in the opto interrupter? I would have thought it would have only need to pickup a signal once per rev.

Thanks Dan, glad you like it. The two holes in the disk are for balance - the first prototype disk I made had one hole and the lathe almost walked off the bench :-) Two holes makes it run super smooth. 

Both the Tachometer and the Counter are easily programmable for multiple counts per revolution, so you could make a disk with many more holes it you wanted to. As it is, you just program them both for 2 counts per rev and everything stays balanced and accurate. The optical sensor and counter are fantastically accurate - 3000 RPM isn't even getting close to their limits. 

Great stuff, I love it and thank you for sharing.
Phil Hale
aka Philyaboots


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