WINDING PICKUPS

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  1. Marcomel79

    Marcomel79 Well-Known Member

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    Was wondering if any of you guys winds pickups and would like to discuss some specs for different uses. I made a pickup winder out of an old sawing machine and it works great. Made a couple of sets for some of my guitars. I was particularly interested in t-tops, as Angus used them in the early years of acdc. In the throbak website it says they used short rough alnico 2 magnets. On the set i wound with that spec the mids are very prominent, a bit too much maybe. Do any of you have experience you would like to share?

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    So what kind of wire do you use . I think that is the main difference in vintage pick ups . It is just like the wood in guitars it can make a difference
     
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    Gibson's P.A.F. readings were all over, and it was not until somewhere around the T-Top with magnet consistency. YMMV That is why at times you hear that a double white is not always a great find.
     
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    42 awg poly. Heard different takes from people. Some people say the type of wire matters and some say it doesnt. I know Gibson used plain enamel for their PAF's and T-Tops but there are more factors at play. Here are some notes from a set thats in my Gibson Les Paul:
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    See my post above
     
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    Try some A5 magnets and report back if you kike them . In your post you said the A2 were to mid dominant , and to my ears the A5 magnets are the perfect blend to my ears where it is a perfect balance . Our ears are all unique , so what works and sounds good for one person might sound different to the next person . One last thing stay away from A3 magnets as they are weak and bland .
     
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    Hey man, i have short rough alnico 2 at the moment, but have some long polished anico 2 laying around that im gonna try. Ive used the latter in a different set and the sound is way more balanced. But i love the short rough A2 in neck position. Ill report back when i do the swap
     
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    Look forward to hearing your impressions.
     
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    Me too!!
     
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    UPDATE: so i swapped the short rough A2 magnet for a long polished A2 magnet in my les paul and what a difference. No more overwhelming midrange but beautiful, fat, full sounding vintage tone. Wow. From being my least favorite guitar, it went to be my favorite one. The chords are rich and i can hear all the notes, even with a fair amount of overdrive. Couldnt stop playing. Best of all, i made them myself. Im feeling really happy right now
     
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