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As being a keen guitar player and someone who has dabbled in making guitars for a long time, the need to build my very first guitar pickup was overwhelming. For individuals who have no idea, guitar pickups are to an acoustic guitar exactly what a mic is always to a vocalist. Quite simply, it is a method of enabling your guitar to become electronically amplified.
I collated every piece of information I possibly could from the web and various books, with my background in customising guitars I had been all set to undertake the job. As my guitar is really a Les Paul model I'll be building a humbucker type pickup as opposed to the only coil pickups available on most Fender guitars.
One thing I needed to undertake ended up being to develop all of the guitar pickup parts necessary for your building process. Luckily a British pickup provider offered on the market every part I required for my project. Wonderful! Next I had to do was to construct a simple pickup winding machine. Basically whatever electronically spins and will allow control of the rate might be used at the centre of your pickup winder. A fundamental electric motor or your old electric drill will be sufficient with some customisation. I resolved to go for the drill option that we secured inside a wooden structure. It is also vital that you add some type of digital or mechanical counter to include up the revolutions as the number of turns is essential towards the creation of the completed pickup. I used a simple reed switch mounted on a digital counter which functioned beautifully.
I will not enter into the building of the machine at this time but suffice to say it's really trouble-free. There are many articles and video tutorials on the web about them.
In the middle of the pickup are a couple of plastic bobbins which will handle 5000 turns all of 42 AWG wire. This bobbin wire is really as fine as a real hair and thus takes practice to handle and spin. Once the bobbins are spun they require thin jump results in be soldered towards the beginning and end of every coil. Among the bobbins has 6 metal slugs pressed within the holes and the other has 6 pole screws added. The finished bobbins are then mounted on a steel baseplate and soldered just where necessary. There is an Alnico 5 magnet inserted between the bobbins and the base and a maple spacer and keeper bar.
Once things are screwed and soldered in position the time had come to test my creation, and to my amazement, I'd a great sounding pickup.
I've clearly whizzed through the progression company, I did create a couple of mistakes that required correction, but I must say how satisfying it was. Now I'm completely ready in my next effort.