This instructable is specifically for bass, so there are four magnets required. For a guitar, obviously you will need six smaller ones. Also, it's good to have a bunch of extra magnets lying around as it will make the project go quicker.
Step 1: Materials
- A spool of insulated copper wire. Different gauges will produce different sounds, but you want something very thin.
- Two Popsicle sticks. These can be new or used.
- 8 neodymium magnets (2 for each string). These should be less then the width of the Popsicle stick. Again, different sizes will produce a different sound. You can see the rough size of what we used here.
- Gorilla Glue
- Some Wax/beeswax or potting epoxy
I used 42 gauge wire. You need to strip the ends before soldering them to your electronics. You can do this with your finger nail. If you dont have this around, it will raise the cost of your pickup by about $25.
The magnets I used were .32 or .37 in diameter and .2 tall.
A stronger magnet = hotter output and more high frequencies (better for guitar)
You can do the same thing for a guitar, cept you will need 6 rod magnets.