Filed for my first patent today, figured I'd share it here since there are some musicians.
I've been working feverishly on this for the last couple of months. I've invented a variable aperture electromagnetic pickup bobbin, and have been working with a lawyer on filing the provisional patent. That's officially in today, so I can now share my work
This is the 4 different configurations that can be made with a humbucker.
Here are some bobbins on the CNC, before the tops are glued on:
And here are a bunch of bobbins/pickups I've made:
That last set went to a guy who is going to be doing clips and DI files for me.
Here's a general rundown of the configurations, basically how they work independent of winds or magnet type. Assume the low string is the left most pole, and the bridge is south of the pickup. This is also assuming bridge pickup.
1. This configuration is the first one I thought of when I came up with the invention. The wider part of the bobbin is under the high strings, giving them the highest volume and fullest tone, whille the narrowest part is under the wound strings, giving them a somewhat bright, focused attack. This configuration is fantastic for thrash metal.
2 & 3. These two configurations are similar with only minor nuances as differences. They're both great for modern metal and clean tones, as they give good bass and tight focus on the wound strings, great attack, and give very clear and full clean tones, almost piano-like.
4. This one is more like a Les Paul. The bass is emphasized, the wound strings are very full, thick, and ballsy. The high strings are still present and cut through the mix well, but aren't quite as full.
Once I get the recordings and DI files I'll be starting a Kickstarter, and with regards to that, the more shares the better. With the Kickstarter, I'm also going to mix in some rewards related to my actual guitar building business, but the main focus will be the pickups. I'm really excited about this, more excited than ever before.