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    Default chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    What do you all think of taking the Stew-Mac 6 string humbucker kit and removing the center two sixths of the spools and bracket, and trimming the shim and magnet by the same amount, to reduce it to a 4 string.

    Then for about 25 bucks (plus wire and winding time) I can have 4 adjustable elements on a small size pickup for my mando bird.

    Crazy idea, but I'm on a budget here. What do you think?
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    I hadn't priced the wire, looks like 25.00 for a spool, so the total would be about $50.00 plus 10,000 hand wraps.
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    Default Re: chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    If I were you, I'd buy a "blade" humbucker and save yourself the (tedious!) work of trying to hand-wrap a pickup. If you're concerned about the physical dimensions of the pickup, try a half of a P-Bass pickup (which my luthier installed in my Mandobird).
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    Default Re: chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    And it sounds great too.........=
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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    Default Re: chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    I'm showing my ignorance here, but wouldn't the half pbass pickup only have two pole pieces? Does it fit right in with no modifications?
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    Default Re: chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    another post shows a tandem coil humbucker , custom wound , Brass cover , plated shiny.

    cover size is looking like the 2 outer adjustable pole screws were Eliminated, there.

    I found stacked coil humbuckers for Strat style format , to work OK,
    'gold' Lace Sensor from Fender , or Mr Lace.
    and EMG Select, both seem decent. set askew they don't seem so wide.

    H_L_S , .. the P bass has 4 poles , but they are paired .. .. to be on either side of the Bass string.
    impedance as I read from others here is designed around using both.
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    Default Re: chopped Stew-Mac humbucker kit?

    What I hate about using a gtr p.u. on an electric mandolin is IT' S TOO DAMN BIG! The proportions are way off. I like the idea of chopping the bobbin down. Making p.u.'s is fun!
    too many strings

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