Guitar Pickup Theory #7a: addendum on cover shielding — copper mesh

This is an addendum to this  BLOG POST which was about pickup cover noise levels. I got ahold of some 80-wire-per-inch copper screen to test the effect on noise levels vs no-shield and nickel-silver cover.  Mesh has the advantages of lower

Guitar Pickup Theory #7a: addendum on cover shielding — copper mesh

This is an addendum to this  BLOG POST which was about pickup cover noise levels. I got ahold of some 80-wire-per-inch copper screen to test the effect on noise levels vs no-shield and nickel-silver cover.  Mesh has the advantages of lower

Guitar Pickup Theory #8: humbucker-specific coupled inductance peculiarities and more magnet myth-busting

It has been over a year since my last guitar pickup installment, but I am mentally escaping a few projects by taking a break to work on my coil winder, so I thought I would fill in a few gaps

Guitar Pickup Theory #8: humbucker-specific coupled inductance peculiarities and more magnet myth-busting

It has been over a year since my last guitar pickup installment, but I am mentally escaping a few projects by taking a break to work on my coil winder, so I thought I would fill in a few gaps

Help out some friends: buy some music

I did a quickie mix and master this week for a fun project EP that is being released for a good cause.  They are selling it on Bandcamp at dudeistpriests , with the proceeds going Seth Werkheiser’s family — bass player, music

Help out some friends: buy some music

I did a quickie mix and master this week for a fun project EP that is being released for a good cause.  They are selling it on Bandcamp at dudeistpriests , with the proceeds going Seth Werkheiser’s family — bass player, music

Coil winder pt. 3: Tensioner mechanics and woes

Winding instrument pickups presents a few interesting challenges in terms of wire tension. We will step through all these issues, compare them with available technologies, and propose solutions. SECTION A) – THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF PICKUP WINDING 1 – wire

Coil winder pt. 3: Tensioner mechanics and woes

Winding instrument pickups presents a few interesting challenges in terms of wire tension. We will step through all these issues, compare them with available technologies, and propose solutions. SECTION A) – THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF PICKUP WINDING 1 – wire

Coil winder Part 2: considering servos for traverse

In order to minimize parts count, cost, and complexity while maximizing flexibility, I have settled on a servo for the winder’s traverse mechanism, rather than the traditional stepper or DC motor. It will I weighed the pros and cons, and

Coil winder Part 2: considering servos for traverse

In order to minimize parts count, cost, and complexity while maximizing flexibility, I have settled on a servo for the winder’s traverse mechanism, rather than the traditional stepper or DC motor. It will I weighed the pros and cons, and

Working toward a 3d-printed CNC coil winder

My recent excursions into the world of Arduino and 3D printing has opened up a whole world of possibilities.  Since I am in the process of retooling my workshop and designing a new winder, I thought it would be a

Working toward a 3d-printed CNC coil winder

My recent excursions into the world of Arduino and 3D printing has opened up a whole world of possibilities.  Since I am in the process of retooling my workshop and designing a new winder, I thought it would be a

3D printing Pickup Bobbins

Hello world. It’s been a while.  I have been busy with various projects, the holidays, etc, BUT here is a doozy: 3D printing guitar/bass pickup bobbins.  The standard bobbins that are available are good, cheap, and easy to find, but

3D printing Pickup Bobbins

Hello world. It’s been a while.  I have been busy with various projects, the holidays, etc, BUT here is a doozy: 3D printing guitar/bass pickup bobbins.  The standard bobbins that are available are good, cheap, and easy to find, but