how to wind pickups

An older pickup winding machine, which requires the human operator to use an apparatus to guide the wire.

Courtesy of Delano Pickup Systems

Beware of technical marketing claims and misinformation when choosing your pickups.

There is no question that magnetic pickups are at the core of our electric instruments, with some players and manufacturers going as far as saying they are all that matters. So, it's no wonder that pickups are surrounded by a lot of myths. Some manufacturers make bold claims and share flowery descriptions of what to expect, while at the same time failing to deliver at least some facts and meaningful data. The fact that invisible, mystical magnetism is involved doesn't help. But while it's easy to bash them for failing to deliver hard facts, we also have to ask ourselves whether we could understand this information and how far we're willing to dig into the technical basics.

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Watch a ’59 Strat & a ’59 ES-335 Get Refretted in Under 10 Minutes

In the debut episode of our new DON'T Do It Yourself? series, repair gurus from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville demonstrate an exceptionally delicate procedure on two classic axes.

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Rig Rundown: Mannequin Pussy

The Philly punkers balance tranquil with treacherous via a P-90-loaded Reverend ripper, a crucial, cascading ZVEX Double Rock, and a rabid, big-bass Rat clone.

About 10 years ago Mannequin Pussy bubbled up from the percolating Philly rock scene. Formed by guitarist/singer Marisa "Missy" Dabice and drummer Athanasios Paul, their primary calling card was a stinging combination of snippy and sizzling ragers.

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