Best Sources for Learning to Wind My Own Pickups?

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Best Sources for Learning to Wind My Own Pickups?

Post by nikkij » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:08 pm

Hi guys!

I'm interested in learning how to hand-wind my own pickups. I'm familiar with the basics, but I'd like to dive in to some real professional-level books/videos/explanations/guides/advice. Do any of you wonderful folks have any recommendations for sources? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Best Sources for Learning to Wind My Own Pickups?

Post by timtam » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:51 pm

I've had similar thoughts, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Pickup winding is one of those things that you can approach at several different levels. Just the winding ? ie the skill possessed by pickup winding staff working to a formula at pickup manufacturers, mostly without any knowledge of how pickups actually work. They need (1) a winding machine, either bought ready-made or custom-built in-house - building one is another skill you may or may not wish to acquire. There are various winding machine designs out there. And (2) they also need the component parts to assemble the pickups, usually sourced from a specialist pickup parts supplier. The specs to build standard style pickups are not too hard to find; manufacturers may guard some of their recipes, although there's no magic involved - there are only a few major variables that one can manipulate (coil wire, wind count, magnets). Or rather than just following stock designs, you may wish to dive into pickup design principles to make more novel pickups, ie the underlying physics. There are a number of sources on that. eg
http://www.buildyourguitar.com/resource ... /index.htm
https://guitarnuts2.proboards.com/board ... -modelling
https://www.gitec-forum-eng.de/the-book/

While there are some books on pickups, check that they are "how to's" rather than mainly just history books like these which seem more common ..
https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Pickups-H ... 0879309318
https://www.amazon.com/Pickups-Windings ... 1574242091

There are a number of sources of pickup winding machines ... eg
https://www.mojotone.com/guitar-parts/L ... lies_x/PWM
https://schatten-pickups.myshopify.com/ ... g-machines
https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/pic ... inder.html

Parts .. eg
https://www.tone-kraft.com/
https://donlisguitarparts.aliexpress.co ... 28764.html
https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/pickup-kits/

There are pickup winding classes in some cities .. eg
https://roberto-venn.com/specialty-clas ... p-winding/
https://www.hawkinsguitar.com/pickup-winding-class

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