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CBG wiring & electronics.


CBG wiring & electronics.

Want to plug that thing in? Here's a place to share ideas about pickups (Both magnetic and piezo) and wiring in volume and tone control, the best options in output jacks, and more!

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Splitting up a "pair of enclosed 4- pole pickups"

Started by Chuck Cobillas. Last reply by smilingdog1 on Saturday. 4 Replies

Hello,I have a "pair of bleach enclosed 4-pole pickups" that I bought from C. B. Gitty ( p/n: 54-017-01 ) that I was planning to use as a pair. On my current build I don't have the room for the pair…Continue

3 Way Toggle Switches and Getting Fancy With Single-Coil Humbuckers

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by BrianQ. Jan 16. 10 Replies

I started making CBGs about a year and a half ago and it's sparked a lot of what I was into when in a couple of bands over 10 years ago (building speaker cabinets, wiring up amps, and modifying…Continue

Piezo size and sound

Started by Dave S. Last reply by Cameron Brown Jan 10. 6 Replies

My most recent build was my first electric.  I was surprised to see how well a piezo pickup actually works, since it was my first one.  However, it is a little quiet and a LOT tinny.  If I don't turn…Continue

Convert 4 pole mag to bar style pickup

Started by Corbin. Last reply by Skeesix Jan 5. 6 Replies

Is it possible to make a 4 pole pickup act like a blade style pickup? Could I attach a steel bar across the 4 poles and have the pickup work? I will be using this mag pickup on my 3 string CBG.

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Comment by Hoochbobble on January 7, 2015 at 8:00pm

Thanks for the advice... Scott -  I'm running out of room for knobs and thinking I should have made the body a bit bigger to accommodate.  David - That's it! Exactly what I was looking for. Yeah, I want this one to use both pickups all the time. I've done others with a three way switch but find I generally use both all the time so what's the point in the switch? I do alright with woodworking but even after 50+/- builds I'm always surprised when the electronics work. Ha!  Thanks buddy.

Comment by David L. on January 7, 2015 at 6:55pm
I'm on my ipad so unable to easily add the photo. Here is a link for one pickup, one volume and one tone

If you are 100% sure you want both pickups on all the time just twist both hot wires together (central plastic covered wire) and solder together to the first lug on the volume pot - as shown in the diagram by the white wire from the pickup.

Twist both ground wires together (the numerous bare wires around the central plastic covered wire) and these are soldered to the back of the volume pot - as shown in the diagram by the black wire from the pickup.

The rest of the wiring is as per the diagram. Rub the back of the pots with abrasive paper or a file so you get a good contact for the solder.
Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on January 7, 2015 at 6:49pm

Hi Hoochbobble,

A suggestion would to use a volume pot for each pickup, with a shared tone pot. This eliminates the 3 way toggle switch, and still allows to use one, the other, or both pickups by use of their respective volume pots.

Comment by Hoochbobble on January 7, 2015 at 5:13pm

Hey everybody. I'm building a 3-string solid body that will use two of the Snake Oil Mini Humbuckers from C.B. Gitty. I want to wire them up simply with a volume, tone and jack and just use them together without a switch but I'm not sure about how to go about it. All the wiring diagrams I've found show a switch. Can any of you wiring wizards help me out?  I'm also open to suggestions at this point... Thanks in advance.

Comment by Ellwood T. Bear on December 19, 2014 at 7:49pm
Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 19, 2014 at 3:13am

To stabilize, consider creating a wooden disc that includes wooden dowel at bottom center. 

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 19, 2014 at 3:11am

Then Goole for the item called Lowezo piezo biscuit bridge. The image shows what you need. A piezo disc sandwiched beteeen two circular discs of wood, with the wires running directly downward through the center of disc, continue through hole in center of the lowe cone, to confrols if using them, then to jack.

Comment by Ken Henry on December 19, 2014 at 1:10am

Hey I thank you for your quick response Scott but unfortunately none of his pics show me what I need to know. I looked at his Facebook page as well but that was no help either but man I can say he has some beautiful stuff both places!!!!!!  He is an extremely talented guy!!!!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on December 18, 2014 at 10:28pm
Bridges specially made for the cone reso you have are available through Randy Bretz at Mojo Boneworks...he is a member of CBN.
Comment by Ken Henry on December 18, 2014 at 10:17pm

Hey guys!!! I am new to this group and I need some help. I have built several 3 and 4 string CBG's, all of them electrified and have been very pleased with the results!. Currently I am working on a couple of resonators using cones from Mike Lowe but I haven't been able to find any information on how to effectively  mount the bridge with a rod piezo under the saddle and how to run the wire from the piezo back down thru the cone. Is the bridge normally screwed or bolted to the cone? If not how is it stabilized other than string pressure? and if you use the hole for a screw or bolt how do you run the wire from the piezo back down thru the cone? Diagrams would be truly great!  If this has already been addressed in a previous post can someone send me a link to the discussion? I really appreciate the help, the friendship and the camaraderie among all you other builders out there!!! You guys are really a lot of help and could not have done it without your help!!!! Way too many to list by name!!!! And a very merry Christmas to each and every one of you!!!! Thanks for all your help!!!




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