September 2011


I recently was experimenting with WordPress an inadvertently syndicated approximately a dozen posts from CasperElectronics .  Syndicated news feeds bum me out and I hope nobody thought I was trying to rip off CE or pretend the content was my own. I unfortunately didn’t figure out I had done so until now.

One advantage to having only 25 readers is it’s less probable something like this will piss them off. But if I did, Sorry about that.

DIY Guitar Pickup Winder

Pete Mills just blew my mind. It looks like Pete’s a student in Ann Arbor Michigan studying what I can only guess is engineering based on his post about a DIY guitar pickup winder he’s built with, you know, some old stuff lying around the shop and a sewing machine.

Pete’s Blog: Guitar Pickup Winder.

Before proceeding I need to make a side-comment that I can relate to labeling everything in the workshop no matter how unnecessary.  I like the bin labeled “calculators”.

Moving on, Pete offers some images of the build process that are equally impressive as they are confusing…

but then he delivers the Fatality with casual comments like this:


I think it will be useful to know the relative Gauss strength of the pickup pole pieces and knowing the polarity, north or south, will be paramount to success. Many websites on pickup making suggest using a polarity tester for determining polarity but, using a continuous, ratiometric hall effect sensor I can measure the magnetic flux density of the pickup pole pieces at 1.3mV/G as well as the polarity. This is an uncalibrated value, but it is sufficient for my purposes. The sensor I used is an Allegro A1302 hall effect sensor. In the gaussmeter mode, peak gauss values are recorded and instantaneous values are reported.


Say what? Then I look at this picture and I’m completely lost….

And because that’s not quite awesome enough he throws in a stroboscopic tuner for fun…

f_in: A! Pete Mills my friend, you win. I personally want to see phase two of this project where you wind the first ever “Pentabucker” and rock that shit through your next assignment… the guitar amp from Back to the Future.