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Cochlea guitars are hand made to order in Portland, Maine. Cochlea make solid body electric guitars often using reclaimed timber as well as their own range of pickups.


Larel Rexford Bogue (Rex Bogue) was born in 1951 and raised in San Gabriel, California. He played in bands while growing up, rubbing shoulders with Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Bogue studied at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and displayed a talent for music technology and electronics. Bogue experimented with lasers and was a pioneer of the  live music laser show. He moved on to building innovative guitars: and was one of the early users of active pre-amps in guitars. In 1972 he approached John McLaughlin with a proposal to build him a guitar. This instrument was to become John McLaughlin's iconic Double Rainbow 6/12 double neck.  At the time Rex was apprenticing in Ren Ferguson's Venice Beach shop. Ferguson made the guitar and Rex did the electronics. According to Ferguson:

Blast Cult

Luthier Jason Burns (of King Doublebass) launched the Blast Cult brand in 2011 - intially as an upright bass brand for the alternative/rockabilly player. Blast-Cult products now include: upright bass, electric bass, electric guitar, strings, pickups and effects pedals.

Dan Armstrong

Dan Kent Armstrong was born on October 7, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started playing the guitar at age 11, and moved to New York in the early 1960s in order to work as a studio musician and guitar repairman. In 1965 he opened his own guitar repair shop, 'Dan Armstrong's Guitar Service', on West 48th Street. The building was razed in 1968 to make room for 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and Armstrong relocated his shop, renamed 'Dan Armstrong Guitars', to Laguardia Place in Greenwich Village.

Arcane Inc

Rob Timmons founded Arcane Inc to produce quality hand-made guitar pickups. Timmons wound his first pickup in 1990 while attending the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and since then he has worked for numerous companies in the guitar industry from large guitar manufacturers to small custom builders like Valley Arts and Tobias handling everything from running custom shops and artist relations programs to entire guitar divisions. For years before Arcane Inc. pickups were available in a retail setting they were being built for OEM accounts.

Andona Guitars

Antony Brajdic found the Croatian Andona brand in 1995, following many years of working with luthier Rolf Spuler from Paradis Guitars. Aandona Guitars offer solid-body electric and archtop guitars as well as the Polyharm acoustic piezo pickup.


ABM is a German guitar bridge manufacturer. ABM has produced guitar parts for more than 65 years and is a long-term supplier for manufacturers like Gibson and Gretsch.


Michel Benedetti founded the Benedetti brand in 1960, initially designing microphones for violin makers and players. Moving on to design guitar pickups, rather than blindly follow the classic American designs he sought to develop his own pickups with pure tone. Benedetti now offer a full range of pickups and if you can't find a stock model you like the BENEDETTI Custom Shop can make it for you.


Alembic Hot Rod Kit pickup magnets

The Alembic Hot Rod Kit, introduced in 1973, was one of the first aftermarket pickup replacements. It was designed by Rick Turner to boost the output of Gibson pickups by swapping out the original Alnico magnets for stronger ceramic ones. The kit consisted of two ceramic magnets, wooden shims, copper tape, shielded black wire and instructions. These kits were used for pickups with under-the-pole magnets - including Gibson single coils and humbuckers, Guild humbuckers etc. They could also be used for Gibson mini-humbuckers if you (carefully) shortened the magnets.

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XYZ Magnetic field scans of guitar pickup

Magnetic fields in the X,Y,Z planes above a single coil guitar pickup

I just finished making a magnetic field scanner and this is my first test of a guitar pickup. The pickup is a cheap single coil one - it does not have individual pole piece magnets like a Fender, instead it has steel pole pieces connected to a single ceramic bar magnet underneath the pickup. The first picture is a scan of the plane around 2mm above the pole pieces, I then flipped the pickup over and scanned it again. I did not correct for the background field or the misaligment of the X,Y and Z sensors.


Musicorp is a leading American wholesale distributor of musical instruments, accessories and lighting equipment owned by the Kaman Music Corporation (KMC Music, Inc). Musicorp owns other brands such as Barcus-Berry, J.B. Player, J. Reynolds, Percussion Plus, Stageline, MBT Cases, Arbor Guitars, Amigo, Lauren and MBT Lighting & Sound. Musicorp also partners with international brands such as Yamaha portable keyboards and guitars, Dean Guitars, Remo Crown Percussion, Samson, Zoom, Hartke and Luna Guitars in exclusive distribution arrangements.

CNC Winder - Control System



My CNC winder needs 2 stepper motor drivers: the original Egg-bot has an integrated EiBotBoard which can easily control 2 stepper motors (plus lots of servos). But in initial tests I was unable to get the EiBotBoard from my Egg-Bot to spin the motors fast enough, and I also wanted to use limit switches and wire-break and emergency stop switches. I'm sure the EiBotBoard could accomplish all this, but I would need to reprogram its firmware (an interesting project but I'd like to finish this one first!).

Ormsby Guitars

Multi award winning luthier, Perry Ormsby, has been manufacturing his custom hand-made instruments in Perth for over seven years. Located in Beaconsfield, just south of sunny Fremantle, Ormsby Guitars is a local success story, striving forward despite the global downturn. All instruments are custom made from a variety of exotic and Australian timbers, their own hand wound pickups, and top shelf hardware.


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