The DIY Scatter Pickup Winder

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  1. Scatter Lee

    Scatter Lee Friend of Leo's

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    time for me to make a pickup winder, first i need to make a counter and have just enough junk around to make one, like this old calculator to start with

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    got the back off

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    and poked around to find the equal button spot

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    then cut the magnetic switch off of a schwinn bicycle computer

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    and soldered it in there

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    closed it up

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    hit + 1

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    and when the switch passes the magnet the calculator goes up one

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    here it is in action :cool:



    now i have to get the switch on the winder, i worked on it a little today, still have a couple pieces to make, no plans, making it up as i go along, in my head i can see it working :cool:

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  2. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    And while winding the Scatter Wound Pickup, you can reel in a small mouth bass for dinner! Love it as always. You are the Rube Goldberg of Telecaster Builders (at I mean that in a very kind admiring way).
     
  3. Nick JD

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    With built in automatic traversal!

    You can't call it the Scatter winder...
     
  4. Bob_H

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    Scattercaster maybe?
     
  5. Dababy

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    I tried that same thing with the calculator and then with a pedometer. I wasn't able to get either one to count fast enough. I know others have been able to do it though so I'm looking forward to see how it goes!
     
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    that's amazing.. really smart thinking man.. seems like u could remove the handle on the reel and use a hand drill to avoid hand lavor
     
  7. flatfive

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    Okay, Mr. Scatter Lee, we know you're clever, but how did you
    know that the signal from the bicycle computer would be
    compatible with the calculator?

    :confused:

    Fess up.
     
  8. kwerk

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    Its a reed (magnetic) switch, so it has no "signal" as such.
    Scatter, I knew I'd love this before I even clicked it. I was waiting for the twist and it came with the fishing reel. Fan-bloody-tastic as always.
    The only downer is, no matter how precise you make it, your PU's are always gonna be Scatter wound.
    The price of success I suppose! :cool:
     
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    Wow??? I would have not even known where to begin.
     
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    thank you Scatter Lee, I'm sitting here in Afghanistan marveling at your ingenuity. As I live in Edgewater Fl. not far from you I'm definitely going to look you up when I get done over here to shake your hand. Your threads have given me much entertainment and many smiles while I've been here.
     
  11. Scatter Lee

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    i dont know what tranversal is but it does go forward and back a 1/4" just right for a p90 i hope,

    maybe call it the scatter lee pickup winder :p

    yeah not as fast as i hoped, about 150 rpm, with 5.2 to 1 ratio thats about 1923 cranks for a p90, i'll probably just crank it faster and count myself

    you got that right

    got the magnet on, another action video

     
  12. Nick JD

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    A thing that makes the wire traverse from one side to the other giving a clean, neat wind - like nearly all factory pickups. I love that of all people, a man called Scatter is making non-scatter pickups :D:cool:.

     
  13. Nash

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    What if you put the magnet on the handle instead of the reel?

    If you already know that it's a 5.2 to 1 ratio then you just divide the number of winds you want by 5.2 and make that the target for your calculator's readout.
     
  14. Casual_Reader

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    nash beat me to it...

    but if the speed of the calculator continues to be a problem, there's this idea using the computer - which might be faster and buffer "clicks":

     
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    Scatter if civilisation collapsed, and people survived on their wits and ingenuity, I would fully expect you to emerge as the leader of North America.
     
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    Okay, that makes sense.

    Still, how does one know that wiring a switch to the 'equals'
    button is going to result in the calculator incrementing when
    the switch is toggled?
     
  17. kwerk

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    Apologies to Scatter for jumping in again, but this method is reasonably well documented and can be found in many places on the net. The button on a calculator is essentially just a single piece of conductive material that closes a circuit. By adding 0+1, then pressing the equals button, you will get the expected result:1. Subsequent presses of the equals button will add another 1 to the last equation (on most calculators). By replacing the button with a switch (in this case a simple magnetic switch) the same result can be achieved.

    Reed switches are most typically found in alarm systems and are usually used on windows, where the circuit completes with the removal of the magnet. Reed switches are available in both varieties (presence of magnet closes circuit or alternatively absence of magnet closes circuit, the more typical alarm approach).

    Just to jump in on another aspect, I gotta add a +1 (ironically) to the suggestion of hooking the reed switch to a mouse button and using the calculator function on the computer. As suggested the buffering abilities of the computer should allow for a higher degree of accuracy and reliability.
     
  18. Scatter Lee

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    excellent idea :idea:

    this is awesome, i'll try it today and if the computer blows up i'll use the magnet on handle method :cool:



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    Awesome ingenuity and execution as usual - you da man!
     
  20. garymaddox

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    You should have left the counter on a bicycle and stuck the winder to the back wheel. Ride to town for a 6 pack and you got a bridge pickup to boot!
     
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