Hey guys, I'm not great at electronics, but I've done some kits and repairs and am always trying to learn, so please help me out.

I want to build a pickup winder instead of paying $350 for one or using a drill clamped to a table etc. The idea only came to me a few hours ago so maybe I havn't thought it through entirely yet,

It seems pretty simple to me: a power supply, a motor, a pot to adjust the speed, and a frame and base to hold all this.

Here are some of my noob questions:
1. is this all I need or am I really overlooking something?
2. Is there an easy (or low-end intermediate) way to build and include a counter so that I know how many winds I have done, rather than estimating the winds per minute and timing each pickup.
3. What kind of impedance should the pot have that controlls this, and wouldn't a linear pot work best?
4. Is a pot all I need to adjust the speed of the motor?
5. If I use an adjustable, say 0-12v power supply with pot, would that be better than putting a pot between the power supply and the motor or vice versa?
6. Instead of using a pot can anyone recomend a way to have several set speeds, ie: 250 wpm, 500wpm, 750wpm, I'm starting to think about a switch but I wouldn't know how to set the voltage values appropriately resistor-wise, or what kind of switch to use and how to wire it.

My electronics knowledge isn't great (as you can obviously see) but I am more than comforable building kits and the like, and I have done some amp and guitar mods, so any suggestions even if they are complicated (with including a counting device for example)are welcome. Also, if anyone has any neat ideas to add they should do that!

I'll link the parts I was already considering in a bit, basically a 12V dc motor and a12 v power supply or an adjustable 0-12v power supply.
Go to guitarattack.com and look at how they did their home-made winder.

EDIT: Here:http://www.guitarattack.com/winder/winder1.htm
Last edited by Invader Jim at Oct 3, 2007,
Check out the pickup makers forum, there is heaps of info on different winders and on making pickups.

There are plently of different ways to make a winder. He's mine, it isn't perfect but it may gice you some ideas.
(About hlaf way down the page.

For a counter you can buy electronic counter kits that can paired with a hall effect or reed switch and do a great job.