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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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Poly-coated Pickup Coil Wire
 
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
1462 42 AWG Yes
$30.63

1463 43 AWG Yes
$34.00


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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
Poly-coated Pickup Coil Wire
 
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5 9-04-2013
Magnetic coil wire

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.

R Guess  North Florida Read my reviews (16)
5 6-21-2012
Excellent

Just what I needed to do hand built pickups

Guy Smith  McKinney, Texas Read my reviews (2)
4 6-06-2012
first try

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.

andrescbgs  delaware USA Read my reviews (6)
5 5-14-2012
Pickup coil wire

Perfect!!

Fabio  Rome Italy
3 4-01-2012
Pickup Coil Wire

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

Martín  Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina Read my reviews (78)
4 3-28-2012
Good

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

Mario Gabinho Cárdenas Vega  México Read my reviews (17)
5 3-16-2012
great to tele style neck pickups

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

Eastgrove pickups  St. Louis, Mo Read my reviews (35)
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5 12-27-2011
great quality

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

bgetraer  usa Read my reviews (6)
5 8-24-2011
great for compact design

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.

waruta  Sapporo Japan
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5 8-18-2011
43 awg

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.

NPB_EST.1979  Detroit, MI Read my reviews (14)
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