#1
Sounds like an interesting venture and one that won't cost you very much money. Here is a tutorial on how to make a humbucker and sound clips of the guy playing his own homemade humbuckers in his hollow body guitar. It sounds very nice, but underneath the cover it looks very crude.

http://galileo.spaceports.com/~fishbake/buck/humbuck.htm
Last edited by SmokeJs at Jul 17, 2010,
#2
Ask Nuthinbuttrubl8 about it. He makes pickups as a side job.
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#3
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Ask Nuthinbuttrubl8 about it. He makes pickups as a side job.

I wonder how much money he makes doing it... I guess I'll have to wait for him to stop by this thread.
#5
I've wound 5 pickups for a science experiment. I wound them just to make them work, not to achieve any sort of specific tone.

They're simple in principle, but there's a lot of factors that come into play when you're trying to achieve a specific sound.
#6
I'm making a Jazzmaster pickup right now. The problem is I have 40AWG wire, not 42AWG as is commonly used. Apparently this means that it becomes much higher output at the same resistance...Which isn't entirely what I want
Maybe I'll try to order some 42AWG wire, if I can be bothered. Has anyone tried winding a pup with thicker wire?
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#7
Quote by AntiG3
I'm making a Jazzmaster pickup right now. The problem is I have 40AWG wire, not 42AWG as is commonly used. Apparently this means that it becomes much higher output at the same resistance...Which isn't entirely what I want
Maybe I'll try to order some 42AWG wire, if I can be bothered. Has anyone tried winding a pup with thicker wire?

Sell it to some metalhead then!
#8
somebody called me?

yes. I make pickups... I also make guitars. Trust me, I've sold more pickups than guitars, tho -.-

there's not much profit in it. big boutique places charge like $110-140 per pickup, I charge 85 (humbuckers). It takes me about 3-3.5 hours to make one between soldering, stripping, winding and potting... it's very tedious work. I enjoy the reaction when people play my pickups, though, that's why i do it.
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#9
Quote by SmokeJs
Sounds like an interesting venture and one that won't cost you very much money. Here is a tutorial on how to make a humbucker and sound clips of the guy playing his own homemade humbuckers in his hollow body guitar. It sounds very nice, but underneath the cover it looks very crude.

http://galileo.spaceports.com/~fishbake/buck/humbuck.htm

keep telling yourself that..
#10
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keep telling yourself that..

Coperwire, Magnet, plastic casing, screws, wax, slugs, etc, what will cost huge bucks on this thing?
#11
Quote by SmokeJs
Coperwire, Magnet, plastic casing, screws, wax, slugs, etc, what will cost huge bucks on this thing?


time. rubl8 can do it in ~4 hours because hes done so many. Might take you quite a bit more time/patience/research, especially to be able to understand how to craft tone into your pups.
#12
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time. rubl8 can do it in ~4 hours because hes done so many. Might take you quite a bit more time/patience/research, especially to be able to understand how to craft tone into your pups.

Oh I understand the whole time thing, it's going to be very labor intensive.
#13
That wire is extremely expensive, even in bulk quantities. Granted, you'll most likely break the stuff the first couple attempts, so your looking at a a lot of money being spent to start out.
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#14
i'll tell you honestly... a GFS humbucker probably costs less than the cost of parts for a humbucker and you don't have to spend hours trying to make them.

what would you use for a winder? how would you keep an accurate count? your initial investment is gonna be very high. the only way youll make your money back is make and sell a bunch of pickups...
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#15
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what would you use for a winder? how would you keep an accurate count? your initial investment is gonna be very high. the only way youll make your money back is make and sell a bunch of pickups...

I used a sewing machine and a calculator. The needle comes down and pushes the = button, adding another 1 to the count. Works fine if you don't go too fast (which I didn't, for fear of the wire breaking)

Just sayin'.