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Skeesix CBG Pickups


Skeesix CBG Pickups

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Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Latest Activity: Oct 18

Discussion Forum

Soldering tips anyone?

Started by Wade. Last reply by Skeesix Aug 20. 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


Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Skeesix Jul 24. 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

Making Useful Pickups With Neodymium

Started by David Harris. Last reply by David Harris Jul 2. 2 Replies

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

What went wrong

Started by Ross Porter. Last reply by Ross Porter Mar 2, 2013. 2 Replies

I wound two coils for a humbucker before they coils were put into the PUP they measured 4.6&4.3k Ohm. Installed the PUP sounds weak so I remeasured and now I get 4k and .6k. This can't be normal…Continue

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Comment by Mr. Toad on September 30, 2013 at 1:42am

I would think that if you kept your guitar in the bedroom with you the light would keep you awake at night if you used lightning bugs.

Comment by Bob Harrison on September 29, 2013 at 7:53pm

.0001% bee parts, can't over due on the mojo mix. I hadn't heard about the lightning bugs are the preferred species for this operation.

Comment by Mark Bliss on September 29, 2013 at 7:44pm

Keep in mind, lightning bugs are the preferred species for this operation.

(Shh, secret formula, dont tell anyone.)

Comment by Skeesix on September 29, 2013 at 7:41pm

Oh yes, I forgot - 10% bug parts - it adds mojo. :>)

Comment by Bob Harrison on September 29, 2013 at 7:26pm

I use roughly the same mix that Skeesix uses. I use old candles and beeswax that still has a few bug parts in the mix. I also smelt it at abound 180deg and soaked for 15 min.  Then I wipe off excess wax alloy and coat the coil with 5 min epoxy.  

Comment by Skeesix on September 28, 2013 at 6:58pm

80% paraffin to 20% beeswax.

Comment by Mr. Toad on September 28, 2013 at 1:14am

Thanks a lot Skeesix. What ratio paraffin to bees wax do you use?

Comment by Skeesix on September 27, 2013 at 1:11pm

I've researched using shellac in the past, and the consensus was not to use it due to it not drying quickly and/or completely. I believe this was for dipping the pickup in a container of shellac, not some other method. The other problem is not being able to unwind the coil in the future for repairs without breaking the wires or damaging the bobbin. So I ended up using wax for those reasons, and because it doesn't have fumes.

In production, either wax or lacquer is commonly used. Sometimes you see epoxy. In the old days, varnish was used a lot, and sometimes shellac.

For a home hobbyist, who has more time to let things dry, I think shellac could be worked with. Maybe brushing on a limited amount several times during winding, then giving it time to dry before proceeding.

I think I would use a two pound cut, as a one pound cut is extremely thin and may not bind the wires together.

Here's a thread where they talk about oven drying when dipping shellac:

Comment by Mr. Toad on September 27, 2013 at 1:19am

Can I use shellac as a potting material? If not, why not? If so what are the pros and cons and do I use a two pound cut?

Comment by Skeesix on May 1, 2013 at 9:43am

Yep, that's how you shield them. I do the same.


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