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Pickups, Windings and Magnets: ... And the Guitar Became Electric Paperback – Dec 1 2006
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That said, I'm happy with the book and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a little more about pickups and/or the history of the electric guitar in general.
Outside of a great read, it is also a great reference for vintage specs. I finished it in four days reading it every night as I went to bed since I got it.
For someone wanting to get into pickup winding, this book is a great kick-off point as I believe you can't really know what you are doing if you don't know what has been done... and why.
From early attempt to catch mag-field variations to be converted in electrical signal, starting from singol coils to double coils (humbuckers), to the carachteristics of today reference pickup are collected in the book presented in historical sequence, with many examples of applications in the most famuos models of giutars and basses. Useful reference for pickup home making (material selection, design criteria, winding equipment) are presented as well. This book can be suggested to everibody interested both to pickup technology and history/evolution