Winding my own

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by tpl2000, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. tpl2000

    tpl2000 Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss.

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    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.
     
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    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    By "found on the ground" do you mean "stole from a construction site"? :lol:
     
  3. tpl2000

    tpl2000 Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss.

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    lol, nope. I found roughly 1600 feet of wire on two separate spools. In the grass on the side of the road.
     
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    tpl2000 Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss.

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  5. tpl2000

    tpl2000 Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss.

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    Really? No one has an opinion on this? ._.
     
  6. gs_waldemar

    gs_waldemar SS.org Regular

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    Well, here you have some basics that you can build on. since its more of a trial-and-error thing you're planning, I wont bother with math, ok?

    1. more windings, thicker gauge, longer cable will result in:
    high output, low self-resonance (sorry dont know the English term) more compression -> ballsy but muddy

    2. less windings and wire thickness will make the tone more dynamic transparent, clean and quieter...

    There are a couple of simple in-guitar-preamp construction kits on the internet. You can get the parts cheap and easy +-10$ and build a preamp to avoid the loudness problem!

    If you're HONESTLY interested in a clearer Sound, and not just crazy about winding a pickup, you will get much better results if you just build an active preamp+impendance changer that avoids your system's and guitar cable's load!!! You will set the self resonance of the pickups A LOT higher and save all the trebles!! In fact, the pickup would be SO trebly, that you'd have to put a capacitor in front of it to simulate a bit of cable! Still, much more options!

    If you want to do that, you can find many good instructions on the INternet

    Have fun
     

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