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    Pickup Makers FAQ

    Hey here is our FAQ sticky -shall we populate it with info?

    Wire Vendors:


    Magnet Vendors:


    Parts Vendors:
    Bobbins, covers and other small parts.

    Forbon Sources: (aka Vulcanized fibre, Fish paper)


    Technical References:
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    Winders-n-stuff:

    http://designed2wind.alphalink.com.au/contents.html

    Dummy coil stuff (don't think I actually read through all this - looks interesting):

    http://www.blueshawk.info/pickups.htm

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    You might add mojo musical supply (NC I think)...to the list , great parts and prices..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick View Post
    You might add mojo musical supply
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    No sellers in Europe? I fear to mess up with inches and millimeters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    I fear to mess up with inches and millimeters...
    Conversion -mm-inch & inch - mm calculator
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    David... thanx a lot but if I buy magnets with diameter in inches I'll also need drill bits with the same measurements as I make my own flatwork...

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    Lately I measure a lot of stuff in mm. So it's handy to switch between the two.
    It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. Albert Einstein

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    Sure... but the problem is still there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    Sure... but the problem is still there
    It's not a problem here... I buy bits in either.
    It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. Albert Einstein

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    I'll check for drilling bits in inches.
    Anyway... no european source for magnets and wire?
    I'm a fan of your work, if you have 2 spare minutes I'd like to read your comment on my latest topic (going OT now, sorry!).

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    Books and articles on pickups

    Pickups-Windings-Magnets... and the Guitar Became Electric. by Mario Milan, Hal Leonard publications. Historical reference.

    Animal Magnetism by Erno Zwann

    The Guitar Pickups Handbook by Dave Hunter

    "The Ancient Order of the Mystic Magnetic Pickup" white paper by Hartley Peavey
    http://www.peavey.com/support/techno.../chapter_5.pdf

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    Nice peavy link. I would recommend downloading it, and attaching it to your post incase the weblink changes. There is no mention in the document that it can't be reposted without permission blah blah blah.

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    I noticed that by replacing the number "5" in the link mentioned there are other things to read. Chapter 6 is about tubes. Just thought I would mention it. I like to snoop!
    Roadhouse Pickups

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    There's a really useful converter here:

    EngNet - EngNet Tools - Unit Converter, Unit Conversion Application, Conversion Table, Metric Unit Conversion

    Windows only by the looks of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    Anyway... no european source for magnets and wire?
    Bobbins, rods magnets and such don't weight much, you could order them from US or anywhere you want.
    But wire is a problem: You could find poly easily, but how about PE and Formvar?
    Europeans, where do you buy it?

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    Here is my collection of U.S. Patents in PDF form, most of them dealing with pickups:

    Index of /new/misc/patents

    One of those tedious projects that kept me out of trouble...

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    Guitar Parts USA...

    ...is also bustedaxe.com. Same parts, same prices. I've had a lot of trouble with guitarpartsusa.com website, so I called and this was the site they gave me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfhoo View Post
    Bobbins, rods magnets and such don't weight much, you could order them from US or anywhere you want.
    But wire is a problem: You could find poly easily, but how about PE and Formvar?
    Europeans, where do you buy it?
    It's not true. Pickup parts for states outside US is possible to get from StewMac but others from sticky doesn't offer it, even they had no wish to discuss about it!? I can't wait StewMac to start billing by PayPal. They are friendly, they share advices free of charges, I got plenty advices personally just for my issues... other parts sellers are too proud to sell outside States or simply earn a lot of money in domestic traffic. Sad.

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    BustedAxe.com and GuitarPartsUSA.com are the same company. We are not trying to keep this a seceret. The software used to run GP USA is 11 years old and starting to give us problems. BustedAxe is using, what we hope will be our new software. So far the only thing we don't like about the new software is the Discount Code Word is not available. On GP USA if you don't use your code word for over 90 days it goes away.
    On shipping outside of the USA, we did for several years and lost about 70% of all packages shipped. Canada being the exception, I think it lost 80% to 90% of them. We just could not take the loss involved. We keep expanding our pickup parts because no one else really seems to want to handle all of them. There is not a lot of money in selling them but we like nickels and dimes and we will take all we can get.

    I built and repaired guitars for many years but never wound pickups. I don't have a problem with my customers telling me what I need to stock. In some cases I just can't get what they want but when I find it, I get it.

    Dennis Antel

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    Arrow

    I live in small Europeans state and in past ten years I ordered and got a lot of things from USA, UK, Germany, Austria and even Beijing from China! I ordered big things like Gibson Explorer with HSC, flying V, Dean ML...Marshall combo...up to pickups, pots, capacitors and Stratocaster neck plate! Nothing of them haven't been lost! Gibson tuners took 5 week in last winter to arrive here, seller refund me as he thought that package is lost but next week package appeared in my house and I made re-payment Big problem with orders and buyers is that seller or buyer tray to earn extra money on cheap shipping ways. I don't buy nothing by using USPS International mail, only USPS Priority, Express or FedEx/UPS/DHL for bigger stuff. On this way both sides are protected. Why not to pay a few coins more and have quiet sleep!?
    I don't like to buy anything from Germany as many sellers there try to earn money on extra impudent high rate of shipping cost: my state is on half way between Germany and Greece but shipping to my country is twice more than shipping to Greece! BTW, I like more to pay all cost to US seller and again ist's many times cheaper than from EU-rope. Sad but true.

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    nice thread.. very helpful links.. i tried to order in Guitar Parts USA Guitar Pickup Parts & Rewinding Supplies - Guitar Parts USA.. for parts to be used on my classical guitar.. hope they do well..
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    hi guys, i' m looking for alnico 8 magnets and PE wire, where i can find its in europe?

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    Manufacturing Cost Estimation
    Free engineering tools for all manner of metal work and other materials. Well worth exploring.

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    Buy Guitar Pickup Magnets

    These guys are good for Alnico rods - get in touch with them for Imperial sizes

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    http://gravitastech.weebly.com/

    Spin Doctor Gauss meter - mostly only for US customers but you can ask nicely

    I have the ER and I prefer it over the the standard one - you can check your charging magnets with the ER.

    I honestly don't know what I'd do without it.

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    Magnetic Hold 2015 Magnet Price List

    Here's the Magnetic Hold Price List.
    http://music-electronics-forum.com/a...price-list.pdf
    Shea stocks a lot of mangets that are listed on the price list.
    Plus he can special order magnets not on the list.
    He just added new bass rod magnets, in 5/16, and 3/8" sizes that will be available the end of January 2015.
    His email is on the pricelist.
    He has worked with the forum to provide the members what they have asked for.
    I especially like his A2 Bar magnets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    Here's the Magnetic Hold Price List.
    http://music-electronics-forum.com/a...price-list.pdf
    Shea stocks a lot of mangets that are listed on the price list.
    Plus he can special order magnets not on the list.
    He just added new bass rod magnets, in 5/16, and 3/8" sizes that will be available the end of January 2015.
    His email is on the pricelist.
    He has worked with the forum to provide us what we need.
    I especially like his A2 Bar magnets.
    GL,
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    Can you mix and match magnets to get quantity discounts? Also are the humbucker magnets fully charged, with the assumption that pickup makers will degauss them as needed? Do you put them in as you receive them or do you do anything to them first?

    Rough idea of shipping charge?


    Thanks!
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    Yes you can mix and match for the $40 minimum.
    The magnet prices are for each magnet type.
    I think the magnets are precharged, except where noted on the pricelist.
    I always charge magnets to max, I know some don't.
    I think he will take a check, but it will have to clear before he ships, that is what I do.
    Email Shea for additional info and shipping info. shea@magneticholdcompany.com
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    Shea from Magnetic Hold sent me a new 2015 magnet list today.
    It includes 10-32 Threaded A5 Rod Magnets for Fender Type Wide Range Pickups, available now.
    http://music-electronics-forum.com/a...price-list.pdf
    The previous link will no longer work.
    Last edited by big_teee; 12-31-2014 at 12:43 AM.
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    Any UK pickup folk, just to let you know Allparts is now able to supply the Mojotone (and Allparts USA) range of products at good prices.

    Allparts UK - trade supplier of guitar, bass & amp parts - the UK's #1 choice for guitar techs
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    Shea from Magnetic Hold sent me a new 2015 magnet list today.
    It includes 10-32 Threaded A5 Rod Magnets for Fender Type Wide Range Pickups, available now.
    http://music-electronics-forum.com/a...price-list.pdf
    The previous link will no longer work.
    The .312"(5/16")x3/4", and .375"(3/8)x3/4" A5 rod magnets have finally arrived, and are now in stock, I've used both, and they sound great in bass pickups.
    Shea at MH, kindly ordered these special for the forum bass pickup makers, and will keep them in stock!
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