Poly-coated Pickup Coil Wire

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Poly-coated wire is the modern standard; consistent coating gives a cleaner, more uniform sound in similar pickups with the same number of windings.

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42 AWG

Item # 1462
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43 AWG

Item # 1463
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Poly-coated wire is the modern standard; consistent coating gives a cleaner, more uniform sound in similar pickups with the same number of windings.

Each 1/2-pound roll has over 25,000 feet of wire, enough to wind 5-6 single-coil pickups, or 2-3 humbuckers.

"On most pickups, I use poly-coated coil wire for its consistency, durability and overall clear sound."
—Erick Coleman, repairman and StewMac tech advisor

42 AWG (American Wire Gauge) is the standard wire used in humbuckers, Strat® pickups, and Tele® bridge pickups.

43 AWG is used at the Tele neck position and in Rickenbacker pickups. 43-gauge wire requires fewer windings to attain a desired coil resistance.

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Poly-coated Pickup Coil Wire

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Magnetic coil wire

By R Guess from North Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I have both 42 and 43 awg wire, but have only used the 42, so far. I have wound one single coil bridge pickup and 3 single coil neck pickups, plus 2 mess ups that had to be disassembled. I am sure there is enough wire for another single coil. The bridge coil showed 8.9K ohms. It has bark and bite. The neck coils wound with 42 sound really good and range from 3K ohm to 5.2K ohm. All of the neck coils will be wound with 43 awg hereafter. Thanks Stew-Mac, for the quality in all of your products.


By Guy Smith from McKinney, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just what I needed to do hand built pickups

first try

By andrescbgs from delaware USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Went for it and decided that making a pickup was a doable thing. Of all the materials I believed I could skimp and scrap on, this was not one of them. Made a pickup from popsicle sticks, bolts, refrigerator magnets, and the help of an old sewing machine. First try and I got a beautiful, nasty (in a good way) sounding pickup.
Be warned though- this wire is thin like hair. 3million miles of very fragile, electric, hair.

Pickup Coil Wire

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 01, 2012

Very good quality but too expensive and id like a large presentation


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

I have not tried any other wire but i think this one works.Fine. A little expensive thou.

great to tele style neck pickups

By Eastgrove pickups from St. Louis, Mo
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 16, 2012

the 43 awg wire works great in tele neck pickups...have also wound some custom strat pickups with the 43 awg wire...great quality

great quality

By bgetraer from usa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 27, 2011

price doesnt get better but the quality gets worse. be careful though, the wire is VERY fragile.

great for compact design

By waruta from Sapporo Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I cannot get other wire easily, but the 43 gauge always gives me good results. (I use it mostly for unusual designs like "Q-Tuner"-style pickups, and hopefully transformer-based designs in the near future.)
This time some of it went into this 6-string fretless bass. The J-bass style pickups are dual humbuckers.

43 awg

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

I have a TON of 42 awg, and while it's great for single coils, I can't fit more than 6k worth of wire on one. With humbuckers, I can't fit more than 4.5k wire per bobbin.

The 43 awg lets you put more wraps on the bobbin for more resistance. I might just start putting this on everything... now to figure out what I'm going to do with all this 42 awg.

The price is is pretty expensive per pound. There's wire companies that can sell for much cheaper per pound. BUT the catch is they have like a $150 order minimum. So if you're only doing like two humbuckers, it wouldn't make sense. Bulk wire companies can even sell purple enamel coated like the vintage stuff. Now that I like 43, I might shop around.

This was a great starter set though.


By JTE Guitar Works from La Pine, Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 17, 2011

Well I've used this wire before on winding single coils. It worked so well that I went on to try my hand at Humbucker winding using the 43AWG. Well I'm back using the 42 until I get better. It is stronger and easier to use than the 43.

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