Ben Posted July 26, 2006 Report Share Posted July 26, 2006 (skip past the rant if you want to read the constructive part of this post ) [rant] All was going nicely for a while... I got my pickup winder working as I wanted it to. The speed control knob works as it should. I managed to set up a reed switch, then connect it to the PC so I could count the number of turns automatically etc Basically everything was going great .. until I started winding the damn thing I discovered that jazzmaster style pickups are a complete bitch to wind, - because they're thin. (especially when youve squashed them even more so you can fit a sustainer driver in there too). This means that its very easy to accidentally let the wire touch the top/bottom of the bobbin- in my case it snagged (without me noticing)- and by the time i stopped winding and noticed the snag, I had about 6km worth of wire to unwind from the bobbin (by hand) to reach the snag and correct it I probably spent more time un-winding than I did winding! I also seem to have a huge problem with measuring the resistance with the multimeter- removing the insulation from the copper wire seems to be much harder than it should be, and then I can never get the thin bits of wire to stay put under the probe things on the meter. Anyway, now that I've vented my frustration at my lack of pickup winding skills... [/rant] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...heres the less pointless part; I have a problem; I've filled at least 1/3 of the bobbin already, and the thing only measures about 2K on the multimeter Not good, since I intend to wind this up to 16K in total! Theres absolutely no way that I'll fit 8x more wire on the bobbin, so I'm pretty sure I'll have to remove it all and start again. My question is, how do I get the wire on there more tightly next time? As it is now, its really loose ;If I poke the coil it's kind of 'squishy'- Ie theres a lot of empty space in there. I'm not sure what to do to sort this, as it seems I can prevent it if i wind REALLY slowly, but it would take me about 12 months to finish the thing at that speed I'm presuming the issue is because of my 'technique' or something, heres a description of my winding set up, just incase anyone could suggest a modification to it that may help; a motor (to which the bobbin is attatched)a pot to control the speed of the motoron/off switchmy hands to guide wire onto bobbinspool of wire (which is on floor below table)Any suggestions of what to do differently/ how to modify my set up to make the wire wind more tigltly onto the coil? Thanks in advance, Ben Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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