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As being a keen guitar player and somebody who has dabbled for making guitars for a long time, the necessity to build my initial guitar pickup was overwhelming. For individuals who don't know, guitar pickups will be to a guitar exactly what a mic would be to a vocalist. Quite simply, it is a method of enabling your guitar to become electronically amplified.

I collated every piece of information I could on the internet as well as other books, with my background in customising guitars I had been in a position to take on the job. As my guitar is really a Les Paul model I will be creating a humbucker type pickup in contrast to the single coil pickups found on most Fender guitars.


One thing I needed to undertake was to develop all the guitar pickup parts necessary for the building process. Luckily a British pickup provider offered on the market every part I necessary for my project. Wonderful! The second thing I had to do ended up being to construct a simple pickup winding machine. Basically whatever electronically spins and will allow control of the speed might be used at the centre of your pickup winder. A fundamental electric motor or perhaps your old electric powered drill will be sufficient with a few customisation. I resolved to choose the drill option which I secured inside a wooden structure. It's also vital that you add some type of digital or mechanical counter to include up the revolutions because the quantity of turns is important towards the output of the completed pickup. I used a simple reed switch installed on a digital counter which functioned beautifully.


I will not get into the building of the device at this point but suffice to say that it was really trouble-free. There are many articles and video tutorials on the internet on the subject.

In the centre of the pickup are a couple of plastic bobbins that will handle 5000 turns all of 42 AWG wire. This bobbin wire is really as fine like a human hair and thus takes practice to handle and spin. Once the bobbins are spun they might require thin jump leads to be soldered to the beginning and end of every coil. Among the bobbins has 6 metal slugs pressed within the holes and also the other has 6 pole screws added. The finished bobbins are then installed on a steel baseplate and soldered just where necessary. There is an Alnico 5 magnet inserted between your bobbins and the base in addition to a maple spacer and keeper bar.

Once everything is screwed and soldered set up the time had come to try my creation, and also to my amazement, I'd a great sounding pickup.


I've clearly whizzed with the progression and yes, I did make a handful of mistakes that required correction, however i must say how satisfying it was. Now i am ready for my next effort.

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