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A little late responding.
About a decade ago when I was doing a lot of experiments with pickups I came up with a very simple idea which worked as a proof of concept. I didn't pursue it much because of my workload. The concept is a simple one to test, all you need is a test lead with a 1/4" jack on one end & 2 alligator clips on the other and a magnet.
Attach the clips to a guitar string on each far end of the nut and bridge, plug into an amp and hold the magnet near the string. That's it. I was able to get a signal to the amp. It wasn't very strong, but audible when the amp was turned up. My VERY STRONG charging magnets worked much better. After that test I built a prototype with 2 strong neo bar magnets glued under the string near the nut and bridge. I made a diddley bow, buried one wire under the fingerboard and attached to a brass nut. The other wire was attached to a brass bridge. Both (hidden) wires ran to the jack.
What is the design of this pup? What he said...How's it work?
A proof of concept of an idea for a new pickup system that doesn't use wrapped coil wire, or any coil wire. works great!
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