#1
Alright, so I recently bought a dozen of 1/4" neodymium rod magnets because, you know, magnets! I thought that I could possibly make a few pickups out of them, but then it ocurred to me that single-coils and humbuckers alike use a magnetic base plate and normal, non-magnetic pole peices to create a signal. So what I would like to know is, could this happen:

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5397/pickupdiagram1.jpg

(Coils and bobbins were omitted for simplicity's sake.)

Or is there any other way I could use those magnetic pole pieces to build pickups?
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#3
With pole pieces you don't have to have that boring metal plate. Just make sure your magnets are axial.
#4
They're diametric. :< I suppose that means that regular pickup magnets exert a horizontal magnetic field, whereas mine exert a vertical one? I guess I could turn them on their sides and stack them to obtain greater height...
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#5
Fender single coils actually don't have a baseplate. The polepieces are the magnets.
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#6
But then again, their pickups use axial magnetic pole pieces, right? :T

I'd have to build a pickup of which the likes has never been seen...I'll be right back, I need to grab my lab coat and Mad Scientist-brand goggles.
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#8
in a single coil pickup, the little pole pieces are the magnet.

in a humbucker the pole pieces are not magnetic and neither is the baseplate.

1-3 magnets are placed under the pole pieces between the windings and the baseplate.

in a single coil the windings are wound around the pole piece magnets.
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#9
They're must be axial so the poles are on the opposite ends of the magnet. And yeah - that diagram rocks.
#11
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Also neodymium magnets are ****ing powerful. They will probably sound muddy and mess with your intonation. That said, you can do cool stuff with them, like hide them UNDER the pickgaurd. That far away a neodymium will still have enough strength to put out a normal output!


F**kin this! Do this, TS so everyone can be like "durrr, no pickups lol wut" and you can be like "F**k yea"
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#12
See, I didn't think about that. Know I have, and will order some 42 AWG wire. Mad Scientist time!

Edit: Other than StewMac, what are my options for the purchase of pickup wire?
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Last edited by Vabolo at Sep 2, 2011,