|"How much wire is on that
thing?" Not a quote you hear at the music store daily, but an interesting
question nonetheless. How much wire is on that pickup, and what does it mean.
From the day I bought Mr. Lollar's book I knew that I had to have a proper counter for my
winder. Well, now I have one.
Where did you get it? I originally looked on the internet at several sites, and even received a few recommendations. However, all of the options either looked too hard or too expensive. Finally I turned to eBay and found this wonderful counter.
Tip: This is a good place to find all kinds of industrial leftovers like this counter. The guy that sold me this one had two more just like it for sale.
|Here is the counter on the left with our winder.
The counter is made by Redington Counters, Inc., and its model number is 2-1006.
This counter uses AC voltage to count the revolutions. That means no exotic or expensive power supplies.
|Here is the switch that controls the counter. It is mounted just under the shaft, center of mass on the photo. I used Teflon tape on the nut just behind the chuck as a cam to activate the switch. Remember -- it has to be set so the switch trips once for each revolution of the shaft.|
|Here is a coil ready to wind. The pickup is a reclaimed Epiphone humbucker that I am rebuilding for a guitar. We'll test the winder on this coil.|
|The black coil above has a cream-colored mate, and here
it is after being rewound.
Both coils came out within a percent on resistance, and based on what I've read from Mr. Seth Lover, that was well within tolerance for original PAFs. I believe that a counter is critical to get balanced coils.
I still have to wax pot these coils, but I'll let you know how they sound.
Yet another milestone is passed in our quest for pickup self-sufficiency.