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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.

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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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Pickups, Windings and Magnets
Pickups, Windings and Magnets
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3 2-09-2014
Nice pickups

Sorry but it wasn't what I expected. I do like it as far as the info and history about pickups is concerned but I was under the impression that it was full of details on building pickups. I bought it thinking it would be useful in building my humbucker kits but turns out all the info I needed was on Stewmac's site for free.

Denver  Lanesville IN
5 2-05-2014
Great summary...

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

Peter j  Slovenia Read my reviews (3)
5 12-13-2012
Great info for tone chasers ♫

This book takes you from pickups birth to todays active pickups & advanced wiring with informative articles and great photos. It really helped me prepare for my 1st homemade pickup wind letting me know the do's & don'ts about the entire process. A MUST for those tech savvy planning on winding their own pickups and not for the "string change is a mod" kinda guy. It shows you how to wind & wind single coils and humbucker's, magnet polarity & correct placement and the advantages & tone variations of using different magnets. I've read it thru many times but have also gone back to refer to it's information on numerous occasions to help me thru a build. GET ONE ♫

Dr. LaRrY  Winston-Salem,N.C. Read my reviews (5)
5 10-04-2012
Informative and detailed.

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.

Rebel Exile  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Read my reviews (6)
5 10-02-2012
All you ever wanted to know about pickups.

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.

resoamp  Beechworth Australia Read my reviews (32)
5 3-28-2012
One of the best books on pickups

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).

Mario Gabinho Cárdenas Vega  México Read my reviews (17)
3 10-05-2010
Pickup history

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.

Barry Buck  Coonabarabran. NSW, Australia.
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