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Pickup winder project blog

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…

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Added by Don Goguen on March 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Pickup covers

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.…

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Added by Don Goguen on March 19, 2011 at 4:13pm — 5 Comments

Thin Pickup (part 2)

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. 

In the above picture I used a small square of…

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Added by Don Goguen on March 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Thin pickup (an open source post)

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…

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Added by Don Goguen on March 12, 2011 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

Part 2: Adding Binding to a fret board

In part one, I selected the material, milled it down and cut it to the the width (-) the binding material (x) 2. I cut my fret slots and am now almost ready to start getting the binding ready for glue up.





First I will cut a radius for the binding to wrap around at the bottom of the fret board. Then in the picture below I clamp the binding to hold it in place for bending.





Next using a variable temp heat gun, I slowly… Continue

Added by Don Goguen on October 10, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Part 1: Adding Binding to a fret board

Adding binding to your builds does more than just add to the look. If done right it adds greatly to the feel and playability of your instrument. For those that have expressed an interest, below is my method for adding this traditional touch to the fret board.





It all starts with milling up the rough stock. I use 1/4" wide binding material from Stew-Mac which is 5 thousandths over. This means that I need to cut the fret boards to a finish thickness of 1/4" or just slightly under.… Continue

Added by Don Goguen on October 8, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

My construction blog homepage

For those looking for build details including pickup winding, check out my blog page at
http://folkcafe.com




Here I continue to update the construction of my latest project in a photo blog. Questions and comments are always welcome.

Don

Added by Don Goguen on May 9, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments

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