#1
well.. i was thinking about making my own guitar pickup, just for fun..
I was wondering if it was possible to use a non charged metal, such as a bar, wrapping some copper wire around it, and adding 9v to it..

kind of like those science experiments you did as a kid where it picked up screws and stuff.

would that be possible?
and if yes, where would i put hot wire, and where would i put ground wire?
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#2
yeah i bet it could work, as for the wires i have no idea. im not sure but i think that is pretty much what active pickups are, the ones that need a battery to work.
#3
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yeah i bet it could work, as for the wires i have no idea. im not sure but i think that is pretty much what active pickups are, the ones that need a battery to work.
No, actives are just a passive pickup with a preamp built in.
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well.. i was thinking about making my own guitar pickup, just for fun..
I was wondering if it was possible to use a non charged metal, such as a bar, wrapping some copper wire around it, and adding 9v to it..

kind of like those science experiments you did as a kid where it picked up screws and stuff.

would that be possible?
and if yes, where would i put hot wire, and where would i put ground wire?
this is a poor idea, all ways round. you'd still need a second coil to actually detect the motion of the strings. permanent magnets work just fine for a pickup. why on earth would you want to waste batteries to create the magnetic field? and a 9v battery would go dead quickly.
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#4
alright man, thnks
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#5
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you'd still need a second coil to actually detect the motion of the strings. permanent magnets work just fine for a pickup. why on earth would you want to waste batteries to create the magnetic field? and a 9v battery would go dead quickly.


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#6
you can do it and it will certainly sound different not using AlNiCo or ceramic magnets. Also for the ground and hot wires, i can't remeber if this is the right end the ground and hot wires are soldered on. But the start of the the coil wire is the ground and the end is the hot, if you understand
#7
It's not a very practical idea, but you could do some interesting things by changing the amount of pull the magnet had. It's intriguing, but in practice it would be rather cumbersome and probably wouldn't sound all that great.
#9
I plan on screwing around with this idea at some point in time. Was just thinking about how I'd do it today.
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