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The Pickup King: A Video Interview with Seymour Duncan

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Want to see the holy grail of pickups -- the original PAF humbucker that inventor Seth Lover used to apply for the patent? Want to see how pickups are made, including how to charge the magnets, wind the wire, etc? Want to see Seymour Duncan show you how to scatter wind?  It''s all in the videos below.

How to Make a Pickup Part I

We went to Santa Barbara, CA to see how pickups are made at the Seymour Duncan factory. In this clip, SD''s Evan Skopp explains bobbin material, bobbin insulation and magnet charging. Also, did you know that temperature changes can wreck your pickup''s magnetic pull? Evan breaks down some common demagnetizing dangers.



How to Make a Pickup - Part II

42 gauge is the most common wire used in pickup manufacturing. This and other common building techiniques are covered in this clip. Also, Evan expalins why Seymour Duncan goes through great lengths to use the same bobbin material used in many classic pickups. Perhaps the coolest part of this video - check out the original winder once owned by Gibson and used for early PAF humbuckers. SD has the winder now and still uses it today.




How to Make a Pickup Part III

In this segment we look at lipstick pickups (made with no bobbin), Tele pickups, wax-potting and SD''s proprietary "stud loader." Also, see how a humbucker is made, step-by step.



How to Make a Pickup Part IV

Wooden acoustic pickups are looked at in this segment, as well as the yarn-wrapping process for Tele pickups and SD''s quality control process. Also, Evan breaks down the whole active vs. passive thing as we see some Dave Mustaine pickups being made.

 

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