I was thinking about making some pickups at some point, possibly for a bass I may build someday. I was thinking of the different designs and my first plan was to make some pickups with pole pieces. Then I thought of making a blade pickup since if I finish the pickup before the bass, I won't need exact measurements to have the strings line up with the poles. So I was wondering if it would be possible to make a pickup with the actual magnet being the blade. I looked at some sites on winding pickups. It doesn't seem like something really difficult for what I want to do, but I'd have to get all the pieces. If I could make the blade and the magnet the same thing, it'd be less stuff to have to buy. I could make a bobbin out of wood, get the right wire, then buy a pickup bar magnet. Would this plan work? The only thing I can think of as a problem would be that if the magnet was too thick, it might affect the strings.