Help getting started making Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by JohnMichael, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. JohnMichael

    JohnMichael Dudeguy

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    Hi, I'm new to this site.

    I am very interested in making my own pickups. Would anyone be so kind as to direct me to a site where I can order pickup slugs/screws/blades/baseplate/wire etc for a GOOD price?

    Also, can anyone inform me of weather or not the wire you use makes a difference, and if so, what differences generally occur in each kind of wire?

    And lastly does anyone know how to make a pickup winder for super cheap?

    Thanks in advanced. Stay metal you guys!
     
  2. BigBadAl

    BigBadAl Too old to Mosh

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  3. mr coffee

    mr coffee SS.org Regular

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    How many pickups you want to make? For yourself or for resale?

    Get a drill press, a hack saw and a small benchtop bending brake, make your own baseplates. 3D print bobbins. Use screws for polepieces, get them from Fastenal. Magnet wire is a bit more interesting, but google is your friend. I used to know of a few sources, but haven't looked into it lately.

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    Please elaborate on this magnet wire thing...
     
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    mr coffee SS.org Regular

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    Well, we start by seeing what type of magnet wire is commonly used in guitar pickups:

    Let me google that for you

    Looks like 42AWG is a pretty common gauge, so let's see what's out there:

    Let me google that for you

    It looks like there's more sources these days than there were when I was thinking about getting into the boutique pickup market. You may find surplus or salvage type sites selling it cheaper than, say, ebay or amazon, but as I said, I haven't looked into it lately.

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    Sounds like you have a whole lot of learning to do before you start buying materials. There are lots of resources out there but you have to spend the time seeking them out and do a lot of reading.
     
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    russmuller Cramblin'

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    You can buy pickup kits from Stew Mac, Mojotone, and Amplified Parts.
     
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    I guess that was kind of why I asked about intentions - kits and ready-made components from well known guitar parts vendors are cool for the novelty of it and winding your own one-off loosely based on existing designs, but not really cost-effective if you're thinking bigger thoughts like I wanna be the next Bare Knuckle or Jason Lollar...

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    Ok, there was a misunderstanding from me on the terminology "magnet wire". I thought of it as a wire with such magnetic properties that could replace the magnet of a pickup. Instead it's what I just call "wire", made of different materials and gauges, in this case, the most common is to be insulated copper. Thanks for the info...
     

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