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Old 12-16-2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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22 gauge wire for making pickups?

can i use this wire?

lower gauge = thicker wire right?

so that means lesser windings?

cant find any thinner wire than this..

can i just use this? is it possible?
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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I don't know the exact physics, but 22 gauge wire is impractical, if not impossible for winding pickups. (At least for what you're thinking of.) 42 AWG (American Wire Gauge) is what's typically used and is less than hair thin, so it can be tricky to work with. 43 AWG is occasionally used and requires less windings than 42, but again, that's not as commonly used.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:20 AM   #3
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Yeah, no that won't work. You can order wire though.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:06 AM   #4
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im from philippines.. i dont want to order from anywhere that far.. i'll just buy a ready-made..

so sad T_T..
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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how about 22 gauge stranded? can i use it? i'll just take one piece of it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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you can't use regular wire.

you need magnet wire for pickups.

it's not hookup wire.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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you can't use regular wire.

you need magnet wire for pickups.

it's not hookup wire.


What the **** is magnet wire? Pickups just use solid copper wire.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:29 PM   #8
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What the **** is magnet wire? Pickups just use solid copper wire.

its coated in a fine enamel layer

according to google
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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What the **** is magnet wire? Pickups just use solid copper wire.


that's right. pure solid uncoated copper wire.

that's there's no difference between a pickup and just a hunk of copper. it's all conductive and touching each other anyway isn't it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:05 PM   #10
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so guys what do you think? can i just use 22 stranded and take a strand of it?
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #11
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so guys what do you think? can i just use 22 stranded and take a strand of it?

No I would not. Do you have any electronics dealers in your area? Go to them and see if they can

If you want 42AWG wire you can order it from www.Stewmac.com It is a USA site, but people from all over the world order their stuff.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:05 PM   #12
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so guys what do you think? can i just use 22 stranded and take a strand of it?


no. pickup wire is insulated with a special coating.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:19 AM   #13
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aw so really sad about it ... T_T

any alternatives?
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #14
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aw so really sad about it ... T_T

any alternatives?

Go to your local electronics parts store. they should beable to order you 42AWG enamel coated wire. They probably won't have it in-stock, but you never know unless you ask.

Also do you have any guitar builders/amp builders or repair shops in your area? If you do go to them and ask if they know where you can order it or have any for sale.

Other than these two options the only other option you have is to order from another country. Like I linked you already www.stewmac.com is a very reputable site. People from all over the world order from them. they can be on the expensive side, but there are many products that they carry that you will have a hard time finding any where else.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #15
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thanks .. i'll try that later.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:43 PM   #16
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can i used the one that is used for rewinding fans?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:48 PM   #17
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can i used the one that is used for rewinding fans?

If it is 42 AWG or 43 AWG enamel coated it will work fine. If not keep looking
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:08 PM   #18
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yes i will
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:29 AM   #19
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is there an alternative way in making a pickup?? cant find 42 gauge here...

i remember my acoustic pickup (it is not piezo, it is a magnetic pickup), i opened it and it is not the same in the internet tutorials


please look here..

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1539911
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #20
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42 gauge wire is used because it is thin enough to allow thousands of winds to fit onto one small bobbin. Now you can use thinner wire, but it will be horribly underwound (little to no output). I've wound a pickup when I was younger with thin magnet wire I found at radio shack. It worked, but that was really all it had going for it. Try to find magnet wire as close as possible to 42 or 43. As you should know, the larger the number of gauge, the thinner the wire. And it is absolutely necessary that the wire is coated. If it's not coated, the coil will simply short out and not work. To me it sounds like there are some principals of how a pickup works that you have yet to understand.
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