This instructable will show you how to make a guitar pickup using neodymium magnets, a couple Popsicle sticks, and some wire. Total cost for this project will probably be less then 5 dollarn. The sound is surprisingly good and will serve you well. You can replace an existing pickup or add one to mix with your existing setup.
This instructable is specifically for bass, so there are four magnets required. For a guitar, obviously you will need six smaller ones. Also, it’s good to have a bunch of extra magnets lying around as it will make the project go quicker.
used 42 gauge wire. You need to strip the ends before soldering them to your electronics. You can do this with your finger nail. If you dont have this around, it will raise the cost of your pickup by about $25.The magnets used were .32 or .37 in diameter and .2 tall.A stronger magnet = hotter output and more high frequencies (better for guitar)
This is probably the most difficult part of the process. You may want to enlist the help of a friend. If they’re the kind of Popsicles that have hidden messages on the stick or fortunes, go ahead and read them. Pat yourself on the back, you’re done with step one.
Put the Popsicle stick up to the strings, and mark where each string hits. You can see the marks on the sticks in the picture below. This will be a guide for where you need to place the center of each magnet. You are now ready to begin construction
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