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Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

Started by David Harris. Last reply by John Mar 25, 2017. 7 Replies

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

Lathe turning a pickup

Started by Mr. Toad. Last reply by Mr. Toad Sep 28, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a few questions concerning using a wood lathe to turn a pickup. My knowledge is very limited so here goes.1.  The lathe turns toward the operator, does the direction of the windings matter?2.…Continue

pre amps

Started by Mal Chilvers Sep 24, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi guys I know nothing about electric but I have gust built a resso and use a pre amp but not over joyed wjth the results can I bur a flat pub and use it with the pre amp systom Mal (UK)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

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Comment by Skeesix on May 2, 2018 at 12:45pm

In my experience, it works, but the signal isn't very loud. You might be able to beef things up by using a stronger magnet, like a neodymium magnet. 

Comment by Mark Bliss on May 1, 2018 at 9:28pm

Well, there is a relationship between wire gauge, number of winds and amplitude of signal generated. 

In general, the heavier gauge wire would generate less amplitude in the signal output. That doesn't mean don't try it, interesting, and I'd like to know what you find.

But generally, the finer gauge wire might be found in solenoids and such if you are driven to scavenge.

But FWIW, a fresh pristine roll can be acquired at reasonable expense.

Comment by Darryl Tuttle on May 1, 2018 at 9:14pm

I took apart a transformer and found a great quantity of wire...but it is thicker than the 42 gauge everyone recommends...seems to be about twice as thick...I know I won't get as many winds if I use a standard bobbin...but could I use this if I made my own and allowed more space for the extra winds needed?

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.

 

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Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

Started by David Harris. Last reply by John Mar 25, 2017. 7 Replies

Lathe turning a pickup

Started by Mr. Toad. Last reply by Mr. Toad Sep 28, 2016. 3 Replies

pre amps

Started by Mal Chilvers Sep 24, 2016. 0 Replies

New illinois guy (Geneva) Hi all

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

Soldering tips anyone?

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

hi

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