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Repairs, Maintenance & Upgrades => Sources For Generic Parts & Maintenance Materials => Topic started by: Ben Bove on March 25, 2013, 11:22:44 AM

Title: Pickup wire
Post by: Ben Bove on March 25, 2013, 11:22:44 AM
I went to my local electronics store, and to my amazement they didn't carry a non-insulated braided wire for joining pickups.

Is there a generic source online for a spool of wire for connecting pickups?  Thought this would have been a common thing.  Thanks
Title: Re: Pickup wire
Post by: David Aubke on March 25, 2013, 11:38:42 AM
I've searched online but have never been able to find bulk uninsulated wire. I strip the insulation off standard hookup wire then chuck one end into a drill to give it a tighter twist.
Title: Re: Pickup wire
Post by: sean on March 25, 2013, 01:20:44 PM


You will find plenty of options if you search for "wire braid" or "flat braided wire."

For instance:

http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=70140422
http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=70140423
http://www.awcwire.com/ProductSpec.aspx?id=Flat-Braid-QQ-B-575



Title: Re: Pickup wire
Post by: sean on March 25, 2013, 01:23:13 PM


Looks like a search for "ground strap" gets acceptable hits too.
Title: Re: Pickup wire
Post by: David Aubke on March 25, 2013, 01:29:30 PM
Why's it always gotta be flat though? Doesn't look right.

The original was twisted, not braided. If appearance isn't an issue, then just strip the ends off insulated wire. If appearance is important, it should be round and twisted.
Title: Re: Pickup wire
Post by: Ben Bove on March 25, 2013, 04:58:47 PM
Yeah the guy at the electronics shop used a term... "spun" or something that which implied twisted wire versus flatened.  The braided would work but would prefer a more original look.  Thanks for the suggestions, and if anyone finds anything else