I want to make a few single string diddley bow pickups with sewing machine bobbins.Would it be ok to use aluminium bobbins?....

Views: 456

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Couldn't tell as I've never seen them unmounted.

Ah, the coupled induction pickup design, where a thick "ring" of conductor and a core coupled secondary 'step-up' winding formed the pickup, a little different from having the ring and windings coaxial.

here is one of the pics I made of that design:

Could be doable using the transformer from a wall wart, removing the thick coil by cutting it out and sliding another metal loop through it at that spot.

Here ya go Mickey, an old thread about induction pickups from another site:


Thank you,Brian...All interesting stuff

That’s pretty much the article about induction pickups they were talking about, minus the big fight that happened? I have made a few of these & they work, just have to be creative in mounting them since they’re a lot different shaped than the regular styles of pickups?

That is a Very condensed version of the thread, there were 40 odd pages of input and development, some good, some not so good, before it got to that stage, it was very disappointing for it to disappear as it did, it was a great reference for anyone trying to make one.

I miss that thread!! The fighting that happened then drove me away from here for quite a long time, there was too much negativity. It's too bad we lost all the work and thought process that went into it all, because it was a lot of fun, until it wasn't, lol!

All this got me thinking about bass pickups.

I remember back in the 70's all bass guitars used a type of "tunnel pickup". And I've been obsessing about figuring out what they were called and how they worked?

Are you thinking about the Fender bass that had a cover over the strings and pickup?

It was just a piece of metal that cover the pickup and would allow the player to rest his hand.

There were some slide guitar pickups that had a magnet coil under the strings and one above the strings made by Supro. I don't know if they made any Bass pickups like that.

Yep, the Fender ones are the ones I was thinking about.

I'm a bit disappointed to learn that it was just a cover, I was expecting something more sophisticated. Maybe 2 horseshoe magnets with a coil in the base and the strings that go through the middle. Or a big huge coil with a magnet in the base... or something like that.

They can be made and I'm sure some exist somewhere.

I used the field coil of a Power hand drill on a build and ran the strings through it, it worked, but it wasn't really strong enough. It needs a transformer.


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building Basics

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Canjo pickups

Started by David Blackburn in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Byrd Franklin Dec 22, 2022. 5 Replies


Started by Slowpaw Steve T in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker Dec 22, 2022. 21 Replies


Started by Jerry Draper in Using cigarboxnation.com - posting, profiles, web help. Last reply by Jerry Draper Dec 16, 2022. 11 Replies

Blog Posts

A Tribute

Posted by Ghostbuttons on January 15, 2023 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Let’s talk Aeolian…

Posted by BrianQ. on August 26, 2022 at 5:05pm 0 Comments

Latest Activity

BrianQ. replied to Anthony adams's discussion Tutorial of weed eater used for strings on bass
"Check the Resources tab for plans, there’s a few Bass plans in there, you can really put weed…"
1 hour ago
Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans commented on Robert Compton's photo


"Start 'em early!  Great picture!"
2 hours ago
Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans commented on Robert Compton's photo
2 hours ago
Robert Compton posted photos
5 hours ago
3 String Blues posted a video

1930's Slide Blues Box Guitar

There is more old school bluesat the website https://www.homemade-guitars.com #4stringguitar #deltablues #slideguitar
7 hours ago
James O Lunsford commented on James O Lunsford's video
7 hours ago
James O Lunsford commented on James O Lunsford's video

Wild Horses played on Western Patron Cigar Box Guitar

"Thanks Poorness I like those Old Rolling Stones tunes fun to play. "
7 hours ago
Poorness Studios posted a photo

The best washtub bass strings

This is the cheap stuff you get at Walmart and it works better than the expensive wicks. I also…
8 hours ago
Poorness Studios liked Randy S. Bretz's photo
8 hours ago
Poorness Studios liked James O Lunsford's video
8 hours ago
Poorness Studios liked Steve Holladay's video
8 hours ago
AGP # liked RON NORTHCUTT's photo
9 hours ago


© 2023   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->