So I came across (Found on the ground, rather) several hundred feet of approximately 22 gauge copper wire. While I would have to strip it all, it does have me thinking... I want to know what it would take to start making my own pickups. I'm not asking for a full guide's worth of posts, but some good guidelines to follow and resources that I could use to create these pickups would be great. Basic questions I have: Is DC output the only factor in how a pickup sounds? If not, what other factors are taken into account and how do they affect the sound? Is the gauge of wire I'm using going to make a big difference? If so, what difference will it make? What kind of time investment am I looking at for a single pickup, single coil or humbucker? (Not including set-up time) If I'm just looking for the absolute clearest, honest tone, what's the best route to take? Edit: By some rudimentary math, it would only take a couple hundred wraps to max capacity using this wire. (0.0254 inches thick, or 0.645mm thick.) Also, my ideas for testing these pickups mainly involves buying a cheap guitar and modding the shit out of it. Gutting out the entire back of the guitar behind the strings so I don't have to buy new ones every time I swap pups, and making a contact rig so that I don't have to solder them in every time.