Bonzomusic Pickups

Bonzomusic Pickups is a page dedicated to the construction of the magnets I use on my models of electric guitars and slide guitars. Everything is handmade.

Bonzomusic Pickups: I normally use AWG 43 copper cable covered with Enamel, and Alnico II poles. But the configuration can vary according to the instrument’s wood, characteristics and pickups’ type.

Bonzomusic Pickups

First, I have to wear glasses and use a nice winding machine. In this case I am using Germano’s winding machine in his lab.


This is a pickup which ended on a mangrovia body.


This is a single coil for a neck pickup. The number of Ks is low because I this case I am looking for clarity and definition. Using Alnico II poles I obtained a lighter attack.

These two pickups normally go in pair, but they can also be used separately.



An Humbucker pickup is a different beast. Also in this case I tend to give less windings than prescribed, in order to obtain maximum clarity and definition of the sound.


When the poles are not magnetised magnetised I magnetise them “old style”, passing them through a magnetic field one by one, by hand.


Bonzomusic pickups are waxed in melted paraffin, in order to avoid unwanted resonances and interfearences.


This is a P90 for a slide guitar. The pole distance is wider in comparison with that of an electric guitar pickup.

This is because the string distance of a lap steel is wider, in order to allow the slide bar to be precise and effective.


Making a pick-up can be fun but you have to control the initial mess.


I wind the neck pick-up clockwise and the bridge pick-up anti-clockwise.

I orient the neck magnets towards the center screws and the bridge magnets in the opposite sense towards the exterior of the pick-up.

This allows to eliminate the hum and the interference noises.