When I started out making pickups, I had just bought a bigger lathe and had one of those mini one that I was just going to sell. I instead turned it into a winder. I added a counter and made a platen to mount the bobbins to. Has served me well but it is heavy. So perhaps it is time to revisit the winder.
This is going to be a simple design consisting of just a DC motor, a PWM motor control (courtesy of Dan Sleep) and a counter.
Still picking out a motor but have ordered the…Continue
I love brass all nice and shiny. Here is a completed prototype of my version of the Thin Pickup. This is one of a few sizes I ended up designing. This one is wide enough for a 6 string and measure in at slightly over 1/4" thick. For my typical builds, it is not a problem mounting this on right on top of the box. Like this one.…Continue
A fairly productive day. I got one of my favorite standard CBG builds completed for use as a test platform and wound a few variations of my baseline design. I picked up 4 different magnet sizes and so far have experimented with 2. So far I've wound 7 different coils ranging from severe under wound to slightly overwound.Continue
Like many, Shane's post/challenge put my creative side into overdrive. I had made some attempts at a thinner pickup but really didn't like the way my experiments turned out. A lot of time and learning has passed since these early experiments. What I have learned in the last couple of years has to do with why some parts of pickup design just doesn't directly translate when you make them smaller. There are a bunch of reasons that a 3 pole single coil pickup wound with the same number of…Continue
Added by Don Goguen on May 9, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments