View Full Version : Guitar pick up question

Alistair Hosie
02-28-2004, 09:09 PM
I know like myself there are several Guitar / luthery enthusiasts here.
I intend to make one later this year or even a modern free-standing electric bass for my son.
I would like to learn more about making and winding my own pick ups.
I have several modern books on guitar violin making etc but even the modern electric violins with a skeleton frame etc which also interest me.
Or better still the electric double bass of a similar design don't show how to make the pick ups.
They rely instead on you getting these ready made off the shelf.
I remember when I was young being told these are not too difficult to make anyone done it or have the knowledge let me know Alistair

02-28-2004, 09:23 PM
My brother builds guitars/basses/you name it, and has wound his own pickups. www.frickguitars.com (http://www.frickguitars.com)

I think he said he uses enameled #42 guauge or smaller wire - REALLY thin stuff. He mentioned some supplier which I can't remember, but they had an amazing assortment of micro wire.

Here's a guitar pickup winding page:

Here's a really neat looking old (general) coil winding machine:

02-28-2004, 09:49 PM
AWG WIRE TABLE for Coilers

Alistair Hosie
02-28-2004, 10:40 PM
You guys are great thanks a bunch these are just what i want Ryobiguy I couldn't get the Frick site to open thanks anyway guys Alistair

J Tiers
02-29-2004, 02:29 AM
Piece of advice....make yours (if you do make them) to fit in the same size hole as store-boughten ones. Or at least make a fairly generic recess.

That way they can be changed out easily if tastes change, etc.

02-29-2004, 02:48 AM
One more thing - don't forget proper grouding/shielding!

J Tiers
02-29-2004, 02:59 AM
That would be a big "YEAH" to the shielding post.......

There is a conductive paint that can be gotten here in the states....it has solvents etc in it, and may not be politically correct over there in your area....but it works pretty well on cavities.

Or you just use shielded wire and enclosed switches etc.

Or use that fine metalshop you have to produce a custom enclosure!

Alistair Hosie
02-29-2004, 08:31 PM
Thanks again guys .I really think it would be fun to do this as well as a learning tool.
I will try to make the winding machine it looks too be a better idea to get a nice tight wind.It may not be economically viable but nevethe less I feel it would be a worthwile long term project to have your own winding apparatus. Alistair

03-01-2004, 07:21 PM
I wound a 10,000 turn coil using #80 or so wire, hair thin. I used the SB9 and a simple mechanical turn counter. I put the lathe in back gear and stuck the wire spool on a boring bar. I rigged up a piece of scrap bearing on the end of the spool to act as a brake to apply constant tension to the wire. As it wound I swept the spool left and right with the carriage handwheel. Not a perfect wind but not scramble wound either. It worked the first time with no breaks.