Originally Posted by motor_city_tele
***I can get pre cut bobbins (top and bottom). I can get the correct wire. I can get magnetized magnents. I can hand wind. I can solder.***
Best to polarize the pickups after winding and potting.
***What is the difference between a cheap $15 tele pickup and some botique winder? Material? Experience (# of winds, direction, technique)?***
***also, am interested in the hand wound part of this. Fender used hand wound until 1965 then went to a machine. But was hand would really done by hand and no machine?***
Hand wound usually means "Guided onto the spool by hand"
***Also, when you solder the first part of the wire to the eyelet. Is this always the hot side? Then you just wind and wind and wind and finish and solder the other end of the wire. Is that always the ground or does it not matter?***
If you solder it to the ground it will be ground.
There are four different possible outcomes with a single coil pickup.
CW North polarity
CW South polarity
CCW North polarity
CCW South polarity
You might want to read up on some of the free info offered at the stewmac.com website.
Thanks and I read up on that and other info.
Let me ask a very simple question. What is the first step when attaching the 42g wire? Is it solder to the eyelet? If so, you said above that if I solder it to the ground, it is the ground. But what determines the hot/ground?