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Pickups & Wiring

There are many ways to amplify your instrument and many options to wire your circuit. Lets discuss types of magnetic pickups, piezo transducers, speakers as input, microphone elements and experimental techniques. Also post links to supplies, tips on winding and general info on the different types of circuits.

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Discussion Forum

wiring advice for an idiot, please?

Started by Mark Duncan. Last reply by Mark Duncan Jan 17, 2016. 6 Replies

Hi all, I hope you can help, I'm trying to work out a wiring harness for my first CBG and I have zero knowledge and understanding of such things! I've had a good look at the wiring schematics posted…Continue

Magnets for pick ups

Started by rick harris. Last reply by rick harris Oct 1, 2014. 4 Replies

As I have recently stared doing my homework on pick up building I wanted to start with the types of magnets used well as I can see this topic will take a lot of time so I thought I would try to save…Continue

Making a flat thin pickup??

Started by Greg Bement May 20, 2014. 0 Replies

My current build is going to need a thin 6 string pickup.  I'm wondering if anyone here has made their own pickup.. My last build I use piezo pickups but looking for a little better sound without…Continue

magnetic pup 101 questions

Started by Mark Ayers. Last reply by Arnold Kelly Apr 26, 2014. 23 Replies

What is the basic build concept for a mag pup? how do you determine how many winds to use?how does more or less winds affect the sound?can you build one to emphisize a certian range; ie boost bass,…Continue

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Comment by Wichita Sam on May 17, 2014 at 4:11pm

thanks MBob!

Comment by madurobob on May 17, 2014 at 11:51am

Well, tone control is a low pass filter.  That is, as you dial up the tone pot, you filter nmore of the high end and let the low end pass thru.  The higher the cap value, the more of the high end it will filter out.  Also, things designed for low-end sound often use ceramic caps instead of foil.

A typical guitar cap is a 0.047u foil type.  For a much darker tone, look for a ceramic cap in the 0.1u range.

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am

Another ?. If I'm wiring a foot drum/stomp board with tone and volume control, using metal plate and bass guitar p/u...what size cap across the tone control will max out the low end?



Comment by Wichita Sam on April 2, 2014 at 11:31pm

Yes, he did mention something about programing my phone, if I liked....

Comment by jim on April 2, 2014 at 9:58pm

I guess there training does not include anything but what sells for profit, like cell phones

Comment by Wichita Sam on April 2, 2014 at 6:03pm

So, I walk into the local radio shack and ask for a "reed switch"  so that I can add a counter to my homemade winder. In the entire store not a single staff person had even heard of such a thing.  Speaking slowly, in monosylables, I coach the store manager through an inventory search to find a switch that might work.

Then upon check out, the manager said, "Thank you for letting us solve your electronic need".  Scheez...what a tool.

Comment by Wichita Sam on March 17, 2014 at 8:05pm

OK, another pickup question.... On the single string pickups on early LoweBow's.... are they simple magnet and sewing machine bobbins?  or is there something special going on?

Comment by Wichita Sam on March 1, 2014 at 10:06pm

On another subject, I just about have my homemade pickup winder done.  I'm getting ready to source parts for the pups.  I really want to build a bar pickup, instead of a pole (see picture).  Where can I source bar magnets?   thanks,

Comment by Wichita Sam on March 1, 2014 at 9:52pm

Got the pups quieted down in that Japanese guitar.  just a couple ground faults and a bad pot.

Comment by Wichita Sam on February 25, 2014 at 10:59pm

Every thing grounds thruogh metal pickguard, with additional ground wire running to tailpiece. Seems overkill since the strings should be grounding through metal bridge screwed to the pickguard.

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