This will show you how to make your own guitar pickup. It won't look or sound exactly like a regular pickup, but its a fun and interesting project.
What You'll Need:
- 42 or 43 gauge copper wire (very thin)
- Six steel machine screws and nuts
- Neodymium (super strong) magnets or one long bar magnet
- Thin plastic (like that on a cd case) or Thin pieces of wood
-Dremel and dremel accessories
-Sewing machine (optional)
You can go out and buy all these things, but you can probably find most of them within old crap you already possess. For example, I found the copper wire in a pair of broken dog clippers. And if you don't have some of the equipment you can always improvise.
Here are some links I found useful while learning how to make my pickups:
Stew Mac--Pickup Building (especially "Single Coil Pickup Kits")
A guy who made a humbucker.
GuitarAttack Look at Winding pickups "Guerilla Style" to see more about the sewing machine pickup winder idea.
Step 1: Make your pattern
To do this, you'll need to do is make up some kind of pattern for your bobbin. You need one piece for the top and one for the bottom. Look at the pictures and factory made single coils to get the general idea. You can make it in the traditional shape, with rounded ends, or you can be lazy like me and use a more squarish design. Either way will work.
Then you'll need to transfer this pattern onto the material you're using for your bobbin. You can use plastic (from a cd case, for example) or thin pieces of wood. Wood works well because it's easy to work with and has a unique look, but I decided to use plastic for this pickup.
Last of all, cut out your bobbin pieces.