Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and black bobbins

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Now you can build your own guitar pickups from the ground up: go for the vintage sound or wind it your own way for custom tone!

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Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and black bobbins

Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and black bobbins

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Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and zebra bobbins

Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and zebra bobbins

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Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 2 magnets and black bobbins

Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 2 magnets and black bobbins

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Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 2 magnets and zebra bobbins

Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 2 magnets and zebra bobbins

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Now you can build your own guitar pickups from the ground up: go for the vintage sound or wind it your own way for custom tone!

Each of our pickup kits has vintage-style parts and includes an assembly diagram to get you started.

Choose Alnico 5 or Alnico 2 magnets:
Alnico 2 magnets give a warmer tone and low end response with smooth, singing highs. Many builders use them in the bridge pickups of solidbodies.
Alnico 5 produces a brighter tone with a tighter low end and stinging highs. They're great for neck position pickups, to help keep the tone clear without getting muddy.

Humbucker Kit includes

  • Nickel silver baseplate
  • Unwound plastic bobbins
  • Nickel-plated steel polepiece slugs
  • Nickel-plated polepiece screws
  • Bar magnet (Alnico 2 magnets are marked red on one end to tell them apart from Alnico 5's)
  • Polepiece spacer
  • Shim
  • Bobbin screws
  • Coil lead wires
  • Braided push-back wire
  • 4-conductor hookup wire

The assembled pickup fits a standard Gibson® P.A.F.-size (1-15/16" spacing) pickup covers and mounting rings.

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Humbucker Kit, With Alnico 5 magnets and black bobbins

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Good kit

By Marco Rosignoli (Liuteria ROX) from Mantova, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's a good kit but there isn't a wider polepiece spacing option and would like the Maple spacer option.

Custom pickups

By Liuteria Balladori from Livraga - LO - Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 02, 2013

For me a very good kit


By Pete W. from Toronto
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 01, 2012

A very easy to use kit, but would like the option to buy other types of bar magnets , such as an Alnico 3

No wide spacing option

By Univox from Bulgaria
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Great kit, but no wider polepiece spacing opiton for bridge position pickups.

Very faithful PAF kit

By Twangthang from knoxville, tn
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 13, 2012

Just wound, potted and installed one of these. Very impressed with the quality and historical accuracy. Will buy again for sure!!!

Decent Product

By Kaden from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 16, 2012

I recently bought 2 of these kits, and the quality was great. the slugs DO go into the bobbin, but you need to press them against a solid object with quite a bit of force. there is no need to drill them as someone commented.

overall, I would suggest getting this if you are interested. I had no issues with the wiring, and was a great experience.

will definately buy these again.

good kit, but not great.

By Aaron's Guitars from Winchester, Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 12, 2011

I picked up a few of these to put in a flame top LP copy I was making. I had mixed feelings on these. first the good, the quality of the parts were the best, no complains there. it came with instructions that were easy to follow, but a few minor things were left out.

now for the bad. this kit did not include a pickup cover, which to me it should have been better disclosed that it was not part of the kit. the hook up wires included should have been longer. I recommend that anyone making these buy your own 28 gauge hook wires to use, because the kit does not come with enough. same story with the 2 and 4 conductor wire. the cost of leaving an additional 2 inches or wire would cost pennies and would make this kit rake much higher for me. also the metal rods do not go into the slug coil and thereÆs no information in the instruction why this is.

you will need to drill it out gently to be able to push the slug coils inside the coil. Make the slugs sit flush with the top of the coil (BEVELED SIDE GOING TOWARDS THE BASEPLATE) and add a very small drop of super glue on the underside of the coil to keep them from moving once they are in place and allow proper drying time. also the screws fit a bit too snug on the adjustable bobbin. I had to use an screw from an old gibson humbucker the work out the bobbin first to make sure the new screws werenÆt too tight. Also old gibson bobbins were segmented on the inside of the coil, and these are smooth. I have no idea if this would do anything for tone or not, just sayinà

another thing is I wish this kit came with options like gold hardware for example or double cream bobbins, different lengths for the bobbins (just in case someone wanted to put one of these in a strat for example) and more magnet options. according to seth lover most 50's PAF's came with alnico 4 mags, but 2 and 3 were also used, but NEVER 5's. alnico fives were used later in the 60's versions almost exclusively and earlier on the 50Æs P-90Æs. GE was the company that provided gibson with these magnets, but you can find the 50Æs correct magnets pretty easily with a google search.

the plastic spacer on these should have stretched the whole space of the baseplate fence in my opinion, even if it's not necessary, it just looks better. The 50Æs PAFÆs didnÆt use a plastic spacer like in this kit, they use a maple wood spacer. I just made my own out of a square shaped dowel I had in my workshop. This will add a wee bit of treble to the pickup. 50Æs PAFÆs also only used plain enamel 42 gauge copper wire, which IÆm sorry to say stew mac does not currently stock. Despite my complaints here, I will order these again, the price is right and like I said before the quality is great.

Good kit, not so good instructions

By Kristoffer Eide from Narvik, Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 17, 2011

Great kit, and fun to make! Great sounding, and its so easy to buy this since all the parts are here! However, the instructions left me wondering... I tried to follow them, but I think the instructions are not ment for first time builders.

It was too difficult to get the finish-end of the coilwire through the hole. I now make my own custom wiring for this, but I still use this kit! Would love to see some extra magnets.

Good kit

By NPB_EST.1979 from Detroit, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011

I've made over a half dozen of these now. I've been ordering magnets from All Star Magnetics just to get some variety instead of A5 that come with this kit. So now I have A2,A4, A5, and A8.

The only big complaint I have with this kit is that the springs are not long enough. Using these springs in a Gibson Explorer type guitar (with the skinny pu rings makes for a wobbly humbucker.

Keep in mind you CAN use Gibson gold or chrome covers on these pickups, but they have to be "neck" (not bridge) spaced. If you buy them, it will say which on the back by the UPC.

a magnet option, as well as a gold option would be nice.

The real hard part about soldering is how long the wires should be and how to tuck them in. I'm still messing with this and different ideas. Would be cool to see a video on this if anyone if up to it, customer or StewMac themselves!

good quality kit 

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Its a pretty good sounding kit. I've only wound 3 of these but so far (besides some little errors on my part) they've all turned out good sounding and looking. I plan on buying and winding many more of these kits.

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