Originally Posted by miiitch
one step further:
make these pickups movable along a rail!
i would definitely get these (as long as they aren´t ridiculously expensive).
I stumbled upon this thread looking for manufacturers of single-string pickups, because I want to do just this. My goal is to locate each pickup in that particular string's "sweet spot" and allow them to be adjustable in two axis (height and distance from bridge saddle) so that the sound can be tailored for different action/gauge/intonations.
Then, each individual pickup would have its own adjustable tone and volume trim pots, located inside the body cavity, to be adjusted for each string upon setup. Once you've got your new strings set up the way you want them, tweaking of the position and trims of each pickup can produce a more balanced output in terms of harmonics, output level, and tonal qualities.
If you want to get extremely weird though, the pole pieces could further be adjusted. Modular magnets to tailor the sound even further simply by changing each magnet for different strength.
And lastly, each string should probably have it's own unique wind pattern, number of turns, and possibly even gauge of wire. Heck, the coils themselves could even be modular, possibly in a plug-and-play breadboard bed system.
On second thought, maybe I'll just buy a new EMG HZ set and call it a day. I don't even think I could make all those adjustments before the strings got worn out.