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My jazz with my own handwound pickups

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 4snaar, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. 4snaar


    Nov 19, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I would like to show you my jazz bass which I have assembled. It started with the idea to have a jazz like the basses Tim Commerford used to have. So, a jazz bass with a precision neck and with overwound pickups. I wanted to make these pickups by myself.

    At first I used some alder bodies, but I finally obtained a nice swamp ash body which I took from a jazz bass that I bought from another bassplayer. The body does not have a mark, I only know from the previous owner that this body has been made in Japan. The body already had a thin satin finish and is a nice resonating piece of wood. I also was able to acquire a very nice Allparts precision neck with an ebony fingerboard.

    I had a set pickups from a fretless Fender Jazz (Mexico) and I decided to rewind these pickups completely by hand. So without any machine. I deliberately wound these pickups as scatter wound as possible. I took me some time to do this. I had several problems, but finally I finished these pickups. I have placed these pickups in my bass and I am satisfied with the sound.


    The bass has been changed several times (other bridge, pickquards), but I really liked the following setup:





    However, the bass has been changed again. I don’t use the precision neck anymore on this bass, but I have bought a beautiful Allparts jazz neck. I currently use the precision neck to assemble an Allparts precision bass.

    So, the jazz bass is currently like this:



    I am very happy with this bass. Perhaps I want to make some more pickups, but then I have to have a good pickup winder.
  2. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    That looks nice. Just like the real deal.
  3. 4snaar


    Nov 19, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Thank you.

    I was wondering. Are there forummembers here that also wind their own pickups? Perhaps I want a little winding machine and I was curious about what kind of equipment others are using. I have used a sewing machine. However the motor was too strong. In fact, also by winding by hand I had some troubles with breaking of the wire.
  4. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I'm just starting with winding and I used a variable-speed power drill. It's a tough one to control but it's doable.

    You might get more info at the Music Electronics Forum - quite a few winders from there are also present on TB.
  5. 4snaar


    Nov 19, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Thanks for your reply.
  6. rdrr


    Mar 29, 2005
    Newburyport MA
    I picked up a sewing machine on freecycle and ripped the motor out to build my winder. I use a dimmer switch to control the speed and it works pretty well.

    You should check out the Music Electronics Forum though.

  7. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    sound clips please?!!:bassist:
  8. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011

    Oh wait, you mean the bass...:D
  9. Gtripdub


    Jan 14, 2012
    jason lollar has a book out...winding pickups..part sources etc..check him out
  10. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Excellent. Always wanted to experiment with making my own pickups.
  11. This guy uses an old sewing machine.

  12. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Seymour Duncan allegedly started by using a record player. :D
  13. 4snaar


    Nov 19, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I am sorry, I do not have good recording equipment and so no good sound samples.

    Thanks for mentioning the book and the other forum. I still have a lot to learn about it.