Thanks for all the input! So I guess I'll have to do some more research before diving in. I am new to all this(and having a blast).If I can figure out how to use a solid piece of this 1/8 by 1 inch copper for a pup then I suspect I have enough on hand to build at least 200 of them.
To use that piece of copper, cut a slot up the middle but leave at least 1/4" at one end uncut. Solder a wire at the end of each tang; those wires run to your transformer (how they attach to the transformer depends on the type used). Wrap your magnet(s) in tape and either tape or glue in line with the slot. You now have a pickup. : )
was looking for a bit of bus bar like that when we first started discussing these pickups but trying to find a small quantity at a decent price in Aust is murder...
a drill and a coping saw with a metal cutting blade and you could do some fancy looking pickups.... pot them in a clear resin to show them off....
but the major problem is still corrosion of the Al. as soon as its cut Aluminium oxide (aluminium rust) forms on the surface. any press fit will still have the problem and add resistance to the loop.same with crimps .
Yep. Metal rusts, copper corrodes and aluminum oxidizes.
Something you can do after putting your pickup together is to spray/dab/dip/brush on some type of sealer to keep your connections clean. Sealer can be as simple as some paint or clear coat.
One can also use a spray-on lubricant specially made for electronics. I use one called CRC 2-26. It's available on Amazon (about $8) or from Home Depot (about $3). WD-40 will work on non-conductive circuits as a sealant, but shouldn't be used on conductive circuits because it sets up and gums after a while. CRC 2-26 can be used inside pots to keep them from oxidizing and to keep them working smoothly.
Dielectric Grease will work.