In order to wind a guitar pickup, a machine needs to spin the bobbin while copper wire is being wound onto it. The difference between a hand- and machine wound pickup is in the way the copper wire is being supplied to the machine and onto the bobbin. A person can hold the wire in-between his hands and firmly guide it onto the bobbin or this process can be automated. There are many discussions and opinions on this topic about which method provides the best tone and results. Here at Heartbreaker we investigated this subject and concluded that both methods are equally valid, they just provide a different result. What result you prefer is up to you.
Our strat sets are machine wound pickups, but you can always contact us to craft handwound pickups for you as we have done so in the past. In this article we would like to outline the differences between hand- and machine wound pickups, so you can decide which one suits you the most. Here are the differences:
Standard, Copper wire is spread regularly onto the bobbin, resulting in more electrical capacitance which results in a warmer but more pronounced tone (unless a pickup is overwound with too many windings).
So if you prefer a more open sounding pickup, love the idea of something crafted by hand (as we do ;) ) and have a few more nickels to spend then hand wound pickups are for you. But if you play mostly with overdrive and prefer consistency then machine wound pickups are the better choice for you.