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    Fender didn't tape off the magnets before...

    Fender didn't tape off the magnets before winding. After a while moisture gets in between the magnets and coil wire, and it can corrode the wire, partially because of the interaction between the...
  2. Poll: I charge $50 for a humbucker bobbin, and $60 for...

    I charge $50 for a humbucker bobbin, and $60 for single coils.
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    I've made hundreds of bass humbuckers with neos,...

    I've made hundreds of bass humbuckers with neos, but I've found I'm not crazy about them in guitar pickups. They get muddy fast.
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    That's what I do with odd shaped pickups

    That's what I do with odd shaped pickups
  5. Wire the P pickup in parallel. The J already...

    Wire the P pickup in parallel. The J already sounds enough like a Rick.
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    This is exactly what I do too. I just fill the...

    This is exactly what I do too. I just fill the bobbin evenly.
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    I'm trying to remember what they looked like...

    I'm trying to remember what they looked like without the covers... It wasn't a pickup I worked on, but I saw them being made for Ernie Ball... The magnet was under the coils. I'm pretty sure they had...
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    I had this in my notes for a darkStar: • Core...

    I had this in my notes for a darkStar:

    • Core W8mm xL60mm xmD5mm,
    • Poles 6mm x 28mm
    • Coil height 7mm
    • Magnets W14mm x L55mm x D5,5mm
    • Coil outside W18mm, 3mm x L69,5mm, tape included
    •...
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    How are you going to learn anything if someone...

    How are you going to learn anything if someone tells you something you already know?

    If the concepts here are over your head, then you need to go and study the subject matter and stop being a pain...
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    I would have expected the inner coil to be the...

    I would have expected the inner coil to be the larger of the two. What happens when it's done that way?

    And what if the two coils are stacked instead of coaxial?

    Note: I haven't read all the...
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    I've said several times... "The secondary...

    I've said several times...

    "The secondary coil has both ends not connected to anything..."

    Now do the tests. ;)
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    Right, but primary coil is a complete circuit....

    Right, but primary coil is a complete circuit. Current flows though it. Just like if you wrap copper tape around a coil, you don't want to close the loop, or current flows and you get eddy currents....
  13. I make some pickups with lots of steel, but not a...

    I make some pickups with lots of steel, but not a lot of windings. You can use less steel and increase the windings, but that sounds different.

    I have to assume they did tests... they have an...
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    Not it's it's open. A capacitor has each...

    Not it's it's open. A capacitor has each conductor connected in the circuit, and the dielectric between them. If you lift one leg on a cap, say in a tone control circuit, what do you get? Nothing.
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    If the secondary coil is open, it's just some...

    If the secondary coil is open, it's just some metal near the primary coil. Capacitance implies two conductors separated by an insulator. But in this case the secondary coil is not connected. So you...
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    I've been looking at some of the cheaper Chinese...

    I've been looking at some of the cheaper Chinese machines... just wondering what people might have used.
  17. The patent says it's to increase inductance to...

    The patent says it's to increase inductance to warm up the tone. The are inserted in the back, and only go about 1/8" into the bobbin. I can't see them working as pole pieces. The slugs are pretty...
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    If one end is open that's the same as not being...

    If one end is open that's the same as not being connected. No current is going to flow.
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    The phone number on the contact page doesn't match

    The phone number on the contact page doesn't match
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    Not if you leave the other end of the extra winds...

    Not if you leave the other end of the extra winds open. If you form a closed loop, eddy currents will change the tone. It's not really the capacitance, but inductive coupling.
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    Reverse winding reverses the polarity. It's the...

    Reverse winding reverses the polarity. It's the reverse coil polarity and the reverse magnet polarity that cancels hum.
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    It also induces hum if you touch the magnets....

    It also induces hum if you touch the magnets. That's why the Mustang had closed covers, since you could reverse the polarity of each pickup.

    So the start should always be ground if you can help it.
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    I've seen P pickups done both ways. P basses only...

    I've seen P pickups done both ways. P basses only have one pickup, so the two halves don't have to be in phase with a second pickup.

    But the other issue with a P/J setup is they just don't match...
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    Pad Printing

    Anyone here ever use a pad printer to put logos on bobbins?
  25. I've made some Jazz Bass pickups like this. They...

    I've made some Jazz Bass pickups like this. They were very loud and bright! I used the standard 2 magnets per string setup.
  26. The Lawrence looks like one of the Bill Lawrence...

    The Lawrence looks like one of the Bill Lawrence USA pickups. That's the "fake" Bill Lawrence.

    The DiMarzio looks like a Super Distortion. Are the poles adjustable? If they aren't, it's a...
  27. I recently worked there for a short time. They...

    I recently worked there for a short time. They are like 5 minutes from where I live. The thing that impressed me was how many variations they have for parts... magnets, pole pieces, bobbins. It all...
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    Electro String was the former name of...

    Electro String was the former name of Rickenbacker. Normally they made horseshoe pickups. But that is a model similar to the high gains like on the 4001 bass bridge pickup.

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