Pickups, Windings and Magnets

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By Mario Milan
Everything about guitar pickups: history, design, models, inventors, adjustment and modifications.

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Pickups, Windings and Magnets

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By Mario Milan
Everything about guitar pickups: history, design, models, inventors, adjustment and modifications.

Everything you've wanted to know about guitar pickups! From the earliest experiments through the classic models from Rickenbacker, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Danelectro and Epiphone, and beyond into today's modern pickups.
• How they work
• How they're made
• How to adjust and modify pickups and circuitry

Presenting the first complete photo-illustrated book on the subject, from pioneering experiments in the 1920s, through the development of the classic models, into the modern boutique pickups of today. You'll get a close-up look at pickup design, with plenty of technical specs to inspire your own ideas.

Contents in brief:
History of pickups
Timeline of inventions
32-page color photo gallery
Adjusting, modifying and building pickups and circuits
Famous pickup models examined
Biographies of influential pickup inventors


174 pages, softcover.


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By Peter j from Slovenia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 05, 2014


a detailed historical review and understandable technical explanation. I like it!

Informative and detailed. 

By Rebel Exile from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012


A great trip through the history of the electrified guitar. And some great info about magnetics and pickups in general including those who've contributed to making our guitars sound better.

All you ever wanted to know about pickups.

By resoamp from Beechworth Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 02, 2012


The history, the how to. All in one book. If you are a techno compulsive like me, who has to know the how does about everything, then this is for you. Not a casual read, but important if you want to see how your guitar does what it does, and the path it took to get there.

One of the best books on pickups

By Mario Gabinho C+írdenas Vega from M+¬xico
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012


This is an excellent book. Very descriptive and focused on important things. I think that Mario's research for this book is amazing. Very helpful in understanding every thing about pickups. (Not on the scientific side).

Pickup history

By Barry Buck from Coonabarabran. NSW, Australia.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 05, 2010


This book is full of interesting historical stuff and would clearly be of great interest to collectors. As a technician, I was a little disappointed that so little attention was given to tech details. Would like to see a text devoted almost entirely to schematics, oscilloscope patterns, flux densities etc. This would be of little use to musicians, I guess, but would be really helpful technical types like me who do the design work.



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