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Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

Started by David Harris. Last reply by Gary Ross Feb 21, 2015. 4 Replies

I have tried a couple and they come out extremely bright and harsh.  Is there a way to warm them up?Continue

New illinois guy (Geneva) Hi all

Started by Gary Ross. Last reply by Gary Ross Feb 21, 2015. 2 Replies

Just started CBG's about 6 months ago have made 2 fret less 3 stringers one diddly bow a 4 string fret less , one fretted 3 string with a pickup I wound on my home made winder. I'm currently working…Continue

Soldering tips anyone?

Started by Wade. Last reply by Skeesix Aug 20, 2014. 8 Replies

Does anyone have any soldering/resoldering tips when finishing up their pickups? I tried lightly sanding the wire before soldering, but it's tough! It's also difficult to hold and control the thin…Continue

hi

Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Skeesix Jul 24, 2014. 1 Reply

is it possible to wire up a humbucker and piezio  picups  together or do you need o use a swtich Mal (UK)Continue

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Comment by Darryl Tuttle on July 3, 2016 at 9:12pm

thanks for the info...i will let you know how things go

Comment by Skeesix on July 3, 2016 at 4:16pm

I've taken apart a hard drive and seen those too. Kind of a boomerang shape. My suggestion would be to make a P-90 type pickup. You would make a coil with ferrous (iron) pole pieces. In other words, something that a magnet would stick to. Then place the magnet at the bottom touching the pole pieces. The magnetic field will carry up to through the pole pieces to the strings.

The magnets are neodymium and on the larger side, so they would be pretty powerful. If they're too much, you might need to place the pickup farther from the strings than normal, maybe even hidden inside the box could work. 

Comment by Darryl Tuttle on July 2, 2016 at 10:28pm

i have 2 really stront magnets from an old mac hard drive...can these be used to make a pickup? they are a weird shape, am wondering if that will be a problem when winding

Comment by Robert Killen on January 5, 2016 at 5:35pm

Perfect!

Thanks for the info, Skeesix. Greatly appreciated!

Comment by Skeesix on January 5, 2016 at 5:01pm

If I'm visualizing things correctly, yes, the magnets may want to repel each other. They should all either be north up or south up. What I do in that situation is epoxy them on one at a time. Wait until the glue sets on the first one before adding the next one and so on.

Comment by Robert Killen on January 4, 2016 at 11:28pm

Quick scenario.

I'm building a wall wart pickup like this:

  • thin wood base
  • three button magnets
  • tin can strip plate
  • 1" pole posts cut from 1/4" steel bolt
  • fine wind bobbin from a 15v wall wart
  • wood top

Because the center hole in the bobbin is more square than long, I have to push the magnets very close in order to align them to the pole posts. Given their orientation they want to repel one another.

Is this correct?

Thanks in advance!

Comment by Skeesix on December 6, 2014 at 9:37am

This is a good page which explains it:http://behindthetone.com/johnfisher/counter/count.htm

However, I wouldn't bother with a calculator for a Lollar style winder, as it will wind too fast for it to count. I ended up using a Red Lion Cub counter which works great.

Comment by Mr. Toad on December 6, 2014 at 12:17am

I'm not an electronic guru, could you explain how you wired up the calculator and how is it all hooked up so it counts the rpm? I bought a Lollar book on making pickup winders and I'm almost finished with it except for the counter.

Comment by Skeesix on December 2, 2014 at 5:52pm

Great winder - what kind of motor is that? I imagine the rpms would have to be on the low side for the counter to work.

Wire gauge looks like it's on the thicker side - 36 gauge or so? Not sure what the equivalent is in the UK without looking it up.

Comment by Andy Stone on December 2, 2014 at 1:59pm

My winding machine with £1 shop calculator counter , just wire a switch to the = button and input 1+1 before starting!

 

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Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

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Soldering tips anyone?

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hi

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