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

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.

 

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.