Music using Inductive Pickups.

Sunday, October 30th, 2011 | Building Things, Electronics, Music!, video tutorial

After making this video I received an email asking if I’d make a couple of pickups for a gentleman in Norway.

I decided that it would be a nice thing to do, so I made these two little beauties.

commercial inductor with 1/4" (guitar type) jack.

Handwound coil with stereo 1/8" (headphone) jack - it's wired as mono

I was actually quite nervous making these things and having someone pay for them. Thankfully the recipient was delighted with his pickups and sent me this piece he made with them.

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You can hear more of Mads Lund Kolding’s fascinating music HERE!

Take care,



5 Comments to Music using Inductive Pickups.

Greg Bojanek
October 31, 2011


Here you can see when I play an Inductive Pickup that I made after watching your tutorial. (than you!) This is Shanghai Electronic Music Week
time of the video about 1:50
I play it using the laptop of my friend with whom I played a duo called: “Improvised Solution”

After that show everybody wanted to have “one coil”. Because we were on tour, we found a small shop – in China it is easy – with electric equipment. Than we bought some coils and made our new “instruments”.

Here are the photos of us producing the instruments in a hostel:

Greg Bojanek
November 6, 2011

Once more. Live-act of me and my friend Zen Lu. We played a duo in Beijing. Here you can see me playing a “coil” on my laptop (and looping the sounds) + playing on a PC laptop which makes better noises…

Tim Ward
December 13, 2011

I was wondering if anyone reading this (or John himself) has any advice about commercial coils(inductors are they called?). Is there any good size or values to go for, or is it just bigger-better or whatever?

Leafcutter John
February 3, 2012

68mH 2200r inductors are kick ass!

Niall Fallon
March 22, 2012

How did you wrap/dip the coils on these? Would love to make some.

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