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Best Coils?

Started by ILL GREEN. Last reply by Skeesix Mar 20. 1 Reply

What is the best quality coils out there? Stewmac has coils but they were too expensive, so I took a ride with cheap alternatives and was not disappointed.My findings are that coils made by…Continue

Wiring two P90s like P Bass pickups?

Started by ILL GREEN. Last reply by ILL GREEN Feb 14. 4 Replies

Hey guys, I am starting to get my hands dirty in making my own homegrown pickups. I figured a custom CBG should have custom pickups.I decided to tackle the P90 design because thats my favorite sound…Continue

Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

Started by David Harris. Last reply by John Mar 25, 2017. 7 Replies

I have tried a couple and they come out extremely bright and harsh.  Is there a way to warm them up?Continue

Lathe turning a pickup

Started by Mr. Toad. Last reply by Mr. Toad Sep 28, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a few questions concerning using a wood lathe to turn a pickup. My knowledge is very limited so here goes.1.  The lathe turns toward the operator, does the direction of the windings matter?2.…Continue

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Comment by James Conder on January 18, 2019 at 3:03pm

Thanks, Skeesix.

Comment by Skeesix on January 18, 2019 at 1:37pm

Yes, there is more of an "airier" sound to a hollow body. The reason is the vibration of the hollow body also affects the vibration of the strings. That being said, the more you crank up the pickup with distortion, the more that gets obscured.

Comment by James Conder on January 17, 2019 at 8:24pm

A general pick up question: As far as I understand, electro magnetic pick-ups only pick up the vibration of the strings.

They use electro magnetic pick-ups on hollow body guitars. So does the fact that it's hollow body make any difference to the sound in any way?

Comment by Skeesix on May 2, 2018 at 12:45pm

In my experience, it works, but the signal isn't very loud. You might be able to beef things up by using a stronger magnet, like a neodymium magnet. 

Comment by Mark Bliss on May 1, 2018 at 9:28pm

Well, there is a relationship between wire gauge, number of winds and amplitude of signal generated. 

In general, the heavier gauge wire would generate less amplitude in the signal output. That doesn't mean don't try it, interesting, and I'd like to know what you find.

But generally, the finer gauge wire might be found in solenoids and such if you are driven to scavenge.

But FWIW, a fresh pristine roll can be acquired at reasonable expense.

Comment by Darryl Tuttle on May 1, 2018 at 9:14pm

I took apart a transformer and found a great quantity of wire...but it is thicker than the 42 gauge everyone recommends...seems to be about twice as thick...I know I won't get as many winds if I use a standard bobbin...but could I use this if I made my own and allowed more space for the extra winds needed?

Comment by Darryl Tuttle on July 3, 2016 at 9:12pm

thanks for the info...i will let you know how things go

Comment by Skeesix on July 3, 2016 at 4:16pm

I've taken apart a hard drive and seen those too. Kind of a boomerang shape. My suggestion would be to make a P-90 type pickup. You would make a coil with ferrous (iron) pole pieces. In other words, something that a magnet would stick to. Then place the magnet at the bottom touching the pole pieces. The magnetic field will carry up to through the pole pieces to the strings.

The magnets are neodymium and on the larger side, so they would be pretty powerful. If they're too much, you might need to place the pickup farther from the strings than normal, maybe even hidden inside the box could work. 

Comment by Darryl Tuttle on July 2, 2016 at 10:28pm

i have 2 really stront magnets from an old mac hard drive...can these be used to make a pickup? they are a weird shape, am wondering if that will be a problem when winding

Comment by Robert Killen on January 5, 2016 at 5:35pm

Perfect!

Thanks for the info, Skeesix. Greatly appreciated!

 

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Best Coils?

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Started by David Harris. Last reply by John Mar 25, 2017. 7 Replies

Lathe turning a pickup

Started by Mr. Toad. Last reply by Mr. Toad Sep 28, 2016. 3 Replies

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New illinois guy (Geneva) Hi all

Started by Gary Ross. Last reply by Gary Ross Feb 21, 2015. 2 Replies

Soldering tips anyone?

Started by Wade. Last reply by Skeesix Aug 20, 2014. 8 Replies

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Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Skeesix Jul 24, 2014. 1 Reply

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