I'm lookin on buildin my first with a punch box. The type of sound I want out of it is raunchy blues style. I'm trying to figure out the best type of Pick Up with pre-amp tone knobs. Any idea?
Much apriciated.

Views: 67

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

im still experimenting with piezo's but so far ive found that if you want to use a very big amp or anything with distortion of any sort i go with a more conventional electric type pickup. (i.e. humbucker or single coil fender) just a suggestion. ask Ted he's the expert.
A piezo will do raunchy blues, but Otis is right, they can be screwy about things like gain. The more gain you pile on, the more you risk horrible feedback. Some of this can be finesse-d with the type of box you use and how you place the piezo, but the potential is still there. If you're gonna play in a high-gain environment, you might want to go magnetic.

That being said, I've built exclusively with piezos, so far, though I've got this "plan" to wind my own magnetic pickup sometime soon. I play loud and smile through the feedback.

Enjoy!
I'm a long time blues player and I make pickups for CBGs too. My suggestion would be to go with a magnetic pickup and a tube amp that you can overdrive. The piezos, when overdriven, have a harsh clipping that's really unpleasant, at least to my ears. This is due to impedance mismatch with the amp. If you install a piezo, it's best if you add some kind of damping material to reduce feedback and tame the high frequencies and/or run it through an EQ pedal or impedance matching buffer circuit. In general, they're best for a more acoustic sound.

Skeesix
--
http://skeesixcbgs.com/
Making your cigar box guitar rock!

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

Songs inAm

Started by Dustin Aurand in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Moritz Voegeli 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Painted instruments

Started by Dustin Aurand in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague 8 hours ago. 6 Replies

Gig Bags

Started by Phil Gershwiin in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Snuffy Smith 10 hours ago. 18 Replies

How to Build an Electric Guitar - Historic 1959 Plans (Free Download)

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Gordon Cooper on Thursday. 6 Replies

Make a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Bliss on Thursday. 16 Replies

Latest Activity

Dave Lynas commented on Jon trownson's photo
Thumbnail

opinions please

"Yes! Keep the saw marks!"
13 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Norbert Kochhan's photo
Thumbnail

Edelbrock Air Cleaner Git

"Wow! Love that shine."
15 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Norbert Kochhan's photo
16 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked martin baker's photo
17 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Derrick Forster's photo
19 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Gator Cigar Box Guitars's photo
Thumbnail

Arturo Fuentes Cigar Box Violin

"Nice detail around the sound holes. Very well done!"
21 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Scavanged Sound (Pete)'s photo
22 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Scavanged Sound (Pete)'s photo
23 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Scavanged Sound (Pete)'s photo
23 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Angelo Mikro's photo
Thumbnail

Amp head and speaker

"Wonderful combo!"
24 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Angelo Mikro's photo
24 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Angelo Mikro's photo
Thumbnail

Amp head conversion with speaker

"I like the space heater amp. I got a cool looking one to convert but the darn thing still works…"
24 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service