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Anti-backlash nuts and leadscrew



The anti-backlash nuts are an adjustable pair of nuts that transfer the rotation of the leadscrew into the linear motion of the axes. The two screws allow you to adjust the tension between the two nuts to eliminate backlash (the wobble that results from wear in the nut or leadscrew).

Make a guitar or bass pickup


Ever fancied making your own guitar or bass pickup? All you need is a spool of thin insulated copper wire (around 42 gauge) two popsicle sticks, some neodymium magnets (2 for each string) and some Gorilla Glue. When you have finished it you will need to dip it in melted wax.

Here's the original project posted by Sam Garfield over at DIY:happy.

One source for neodymium magnets is www.partsexpress.com

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Guitar pickups: colour idenfication codes


When swapping out the pickups in your guitar you will find that different manufacturers use different colour codes to identify the wires of each coil.

This link at alexplorer.com lists some of the most widely distributed pickup manufacturers with their prefered color schemes.

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Graph Tech

The GraphTech brand was founded by Dave Dunwoodie. As a guitarist Dunwoodie was troubled by string binding on traditional guitar nuts.

"I went to do my first big “wang” and went totally out of tune" Dave says. "I couldn't use the guitar for stage work at all".

Dave began experimenting with a variety of composite guitar nuts designed to eliminate string binding before engineering the world’s first self-lubricating nut, a formula that is 500% slipperier than graphite.

Wizard Pickups

Wizard Pickups Ltd has evolved from the UK’s leading pickup repair and restoration service. Andy Blake is the main pickup designer and creator, the self styled The Pickup Wizard. Wizard Pickups Ltd is based in mid Wales but trades worldwide and includes many leading manufacturers, hundreds of guitar shops and custom guitar builders amongst its client list.


Rio Grande Pickups was founded in 1993 by John "Bart" Wittroc. Bart had been repairing and dealing in vintage guitars since 1972, and is an active member of the vintage guitar show scene. He first started winding electic guitar pickups around 1978 as part of his vintage guitar restoration work. He aims to capture the tone and feel of the vintage pickups, from strat to tele single coils, up to Humbucking, but with the option of higher output and greater tonal variations.


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