Build a pickup?

Layne Matz

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What comprises a simple strat single coil, and what exactly makes a humbucker?

What tools are professionally used and what can I use out of average Joe's tool box?

Anything I should know before I build one of these? I wonder how a p90 is made...

I have two damaged strat pickups that I would repair but I do not know how they should be to function. I have plenty of scrap electronics and parts around, I'm sure I could get them functioning.
 

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www.skguitar.com/SKGS/sk/winding2.htm
A Strat single coil is the simplest pickup to wind. Just a coil of wire around a bobbin with magnetized slugs.
A humbucker consists of two coils, one hot, one dummy wound in opposite polarity for noise cancelling.
StewMac makes kits.(of course.)
http://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_...h1jgoHPZcAWK7Qbx4gIjuthFbrj295CRoCmw8QAvD_BwE
http://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_...15Ui4z3zldVtmwTWVg3dCo3gv0GPrT_xoCvC0QAvD_BwE
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The fishing reel winder is a good project in and of itself.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Manual-Guitar-Pickup-Winder/
 

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Biddlin covered it for you pretty well.:smile: With the right stuff on hand, building traditional single coils is pretty straight forward. Mechanically, they're just not that complex. Haven't done the basses yet, but all three of my six strings have pickups I built.
 

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A Strat single coil is the simplest pickup to wind. Just a coil of wire around a bobbin with magnetized slugs.
A humbucker consists of two coils, one hot, one dummy wound in opposite polarity for noise cancelling.
StewMac makes kits.(of course.)


Uhhh, not quite true. A humbucker, while wound opposite, doesn't contain a "dummy" coil. Both coils have the slugs touching the magnets. A true dummy coil, like those in a stacked single coil, doesn't have the magnet touching the slugs on a second coil. Or in the case of the Gibson Blueshawk, you have 3 P90s, but only 2 are visible. The 3rd is on the back of the guitar, and is a p90 without a magnet, This was designed to combat the 60 cycle hum P90's, and most single coils, can have.
 

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Both coils have the slugs touching the magnets.
Yeah, I was typing fast on my notebook on a train and shortcutted the explanantion. That Blueshawk is brilliant, BTW. Played one a couple of weeks back.
 


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