Designed a Pickup Winder. Only took 9 years!

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  1. wbegg

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    Hey all,

    A bit of a long journey, but I have finally wound my 1st set of single coil pickups.

    It has been quite a long journey. Back in 2011, i got interested in the Arduino platform, and after some studying, and some code stealing, I finished the code to be able to control a motor, and count the turns for the motor. I cobbled together a crude circuit that worked, but soon got shipped out to Australia with work in 2012, I returned in 2016 and after a few years, built a 3D mill. After some consternation, I realized what a perfect way to design and finalize my dream of a design to wind my own pickups!

    After many 3D printed designs, I fell on this design that I machined out of aluminum and steel. The electronics and controls are a bit straight forward. I can program in (through switches) the total number of turns, crank up the speed, start manually feeding the pickup wire, and it stops at the max turns. Not a huge accomplishment in programming, but it works.

    Having a 3D printer, I also designed custom Bobbin holders to fit snug.

    Here's my monstrosity.

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    That’s really cool. Great job on the design and construction. Looks like a professional piece of equipment. Are you going to be selling winders and/or pickups or is it just for personal use?
     
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    The winder I probably won't sell. Just too much time in making one. The two sides are 1/2" machined billet aluminum, and the case is hand bent steel sheet (that was a new process to me). It does wind great, almost perfectly uniform pickups, after I got the feel down for the hand winding process. I may be selling pickups. 1st goes into my new Strat. Next up, Tele pickups, of course.
     
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    Looks like a nice and clean fabricating job :).


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    Nice job! Way to pursue your goal and get 'er done!
     
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    1st time also on not etching my own circuit boards. Had one made. Pretty darn cheap these days. I think I used JLCPCB. Only $2 for 5 boards. I may do a build here and share the circuit and code so y'all can build too.
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    Cool.
     
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    This is really cool. I've been thinking about making my own pickups for my Strat as it has import pickups (Made in Indonesia Squier, good guitar) but the sound I want is a pickup year not commonly made. In case you were wondering, that would be '63 pickups.
     
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    That is cool. I saw one made from a record player once. No idea how they counted the winds.

    Thought about trying it with an old Shakespeare real I have with a level wind, lol. For a second. Then I dismissed the idea as ridiculous.
     
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    That’s awesome!
    I wouldn’t even know where to start with “coding” something, way above my head

    To O.P - if you don’t mind, what is your day job? Do you work in the I.T field?
     
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    That looks great I would like to see a video of the winder in action
     
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    Created a small video of the winder in action. Not actually winding a pickup, as I am out of bobbins.

     
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    Is it possible to program it so it can work out at the last say ~20 winds it will automatically start to slow down so it doesn't overwind ?

    It's pretty bloody cool !
     
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    Wind in god health.
     
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    Yeah, I'm looking at that now. Shouldn't be a hard code, it just needs to bypass the mapping of the control pot to the microcontroller.

    You're from Leschenault. I spent 4 years working in Kalgoorlie, WA, and while I was there, took a 2 week vacation and drove the southwest coast from Esperance to Perth. I drove through your town. What a beautiful place! I really enjoyed Margaret River.
     
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    That is correct. I am about hour and a bit from Margs and hour and a half from Perth. We definitely live in a pretty nice area I do agree there ! Haven't been to Kalgoorlie/Esperance for a while now, not expecting to go to Kal for a long time now, especially we're locked down in our regions ( Our border is Mandurah, to denmark, just out east to Collie ), but I think we got the better side of the deal, plenty of places to isolate 4wding around here !
     
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    Willy Winder i remember a proto type of that on the arduino forums right ? man what a website forum that is it takes condescending to a fine art

    Very nice machine congrats on completing it
     
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    Anodized the front panel. Plan on anodizing the side panels (aluminum), but I may have to re-machine new parts in 6061 Al, as the current parts are cast plate. Cast doesn't anodize well (don't ask me how I know). Probably paint the bent steel body. Any suggestions on color?

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    And there were 3D printed prototypes.

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