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3D Bas-relief scratch plate in builds & works in progress page
Bass guitar bridge built from a cog in (builds & work in progress) page
Bass guitar bridge built from a cog in (builds & work in progress) page
NIPPONART'S  VIOLAFON V4-BASS
NIPPONART'S VIOLAFON V4-BASS

Violafon, V4 Bass project Germany, collaboration with Mike Floreth, Senior Luthier for Nippon art GmbH Pickups hand made with arched tops to follow extreme fingerboard radius, hand made bridges in plain & silver plated brass  

NIPPONART'S VIOLAFON
NIPPONART'S VIOLAFON

VIOLAFON 6 stringed electric viola, produced with senior luthier Mike Floreth in Kolbingen, Germany for Nippon Art GmbH

Pickup system, Neck; single coil with Neodymium magnets and hand scatterwound 42awg, heavy formvar coil wire.

Bridge; piezo pressure sensitive active bridge built from Padauk tone wood,

Dobro tail piece; single coil mono-pole hand scatterwound with 42awg plain formvar coil wire.

Body woods, Cherry and Walnut.

Neck woods, Cedro Mahogany and Maple

Fingerboards, Indian Rosewood, Ebony, Padauk.

MUSICMAN STINGRAY WITH OUR  8 COIL PICKUP
MUSICMAN STINGRAY WITH OUR 8 COIL PICKUP

Factory electronics have been replaced with a passive circuit of 2 volume and 1 tone, these are great sounding instruments to begin with and this one is especially quiet in operation due to the earth shielded pup.

PIEZO CONTACT PICKUP
PIEZO CONTACT PICKUP

Prototype contact piezo pickup, built from padauk & rosewood.

Standard jack connection to input amp directly.

FITTING COIL ANCHORING RIVETS IN BOBBIN PLATES
FITTING COIL ANCHORING RIVETS IN BOBBIN PLATES
SETTING THE WINDING  WITH A TENSION-O-METER  TO ENSURE A CORRECTLY TENSIONED COIL
SETTING THE WINDING WITH A TENSION-O-METER TO ENSURE A CORRECTLY TENSIONED COIL
HAND BUILT PICKUP WINDING MACHINE WITH DIGITAL TURNS COUNTER
HAND BUILT PICKUP WINDING MACHINE WITH DIGITAL TURNS COUNTER

One of our winding machines, with adjustable speed & wire tension settings. I have built this machine to incorporate a quiet and efficient drive unit with a super accurate turn-count sensor to cope with the high speeds it is capable of. The solid iron chassis helps it to stay put on the bench & Swiss precision bearings on the drive shaft make it smooth running & vibration free, critical to production. A noticable difference than when winding pickups on an "off the shelf" machine. 

HAND WINDING A TELE 51' PICKUP
HAND WINDING A TELE 51' PICKUP
CUSTOM  RIVETING PRESS
CUSTOM RIVETING PRESS