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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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Ted Crocker's Mad Scientist Lab Wiring Diagrams & Schematics

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Daniel Walter Nov 20. 21 Replies

Found at Handmade Music Clubhouse.  Need a diagram not here?  Just ask. Find…Continue

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Mounting a rod piezo inside the box

Started by George Forster. Last reply by George Forster Sep 7. 6 Replies

Has anyone glued a rod piezo to the inside of the box, under the bridge? Were you pleased with the results? Any advice or response appreciated.Continue

How to wire this three-way switch?

Started by Ben. Last reply by eric gittins Aug 19. 3 Replies

Hi there, :-)I'm a noob and I'm building my first CBG. Please bear with me if this issue sounds trivial to you.I opted for a 2*Piezo & 2*Volume & 3-way switch & Jack and the wiring in…Continue

Pre Amp + Flatpup

Started by Roger Ring May 24. 0 Replies

If you cut off the rod piezo from a pre amp like Gitty sells and attached a flatpup, would it work the same as having a volume and tone pot ?Would it even work at all, and if it did, what could I…Continue

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Comment by The Phrygian Kid on November 12, 2014 at 7:29pm

Ah, Yep.  You're right, you do usually only see those inside amps and pedals.  FYI anything they can do can be done with a regular TRS jack, but they can't do everything a regular TRS jack can!!  (therefore they're kinda a waste of time imho)

i was talking about these (note all the solder lugs)

I ALWAYS need a multimeter and a guitar cable to work those bastards out !!   If I go into an electronics store and ask over the counter for a 1/4 inch switching jack thats what they'll give me, at least here in AU.   :)

Comment by robert jones on November 12, 2014 at 6:47pm

Thanks, you deserve a nice frosty can of Foster's for the assist. :-P

I'm talking about this type of switching jack which does resemble a stereo jack at first glance.

Comment by The Phrygian Kid on November 12, 2014 at 5:31pm

**they're not strictly 'for pedals and amps', they're for any application where you want to throw a switch when you insert/remove a cable.   For example any electronic instrument which has two outputs labeled (left/mono right) especially synths.

I've used them on a number of builds where I wanted to sum a couple of outputs when only one was being used.  They do look superficially like a TRS jack i suppose, but there usually another six solder lugs (because the switch component in most switching jacks is DPDT) on top of the 3 for the jack.

You are also at slight risk of confusing people to the simple 1p2t switch that one might use on the ring of a regular TRS jack to cut battery power in a pedal or active guitar circuit.  :)

Comment by robert jones on November 12, 2014 at 5:10pm

Ben you might want to add a picture of a switching jack and point out that those are for pedals and amps. It's come up before and switching jacks look similar to stereo jacks.

Comment by C. B. Gitty (Ben) on November 12, 2014 at 4:42pm

The differences between mono and stereo phone jacks.Back to Basics!

If you have ever been a bit uncertain of how to wire a jack onto the pickup in your cigar box guitar, check out this article just added to the knowledgebase over at

In this article, I walks you through the differences between mono and stereo jacks, how to identify the positive and negative lugs, and how to wire a stereo jack for mono use (if you accidentally buy stereo jacks).

Confusion over these points comes up frequently among cigar box guitar builders, and I hope this article helps make it clearer!

Comment by eric gittins on February 24, 2014 at 11:34pm

yep, you can get 'em all round the place.  they are usually refered to as "automatic" wire strippers. local electrical or electronics stores, hardware stores, online/ebay.

Comment by Ted Crocker on February 24, 2014 at 8:43pm
Comment by Scott W on February 24, 2014 at 7:40pm
Thank you, guys. I will look for a paired those as well. Meanwhile, I had an offline suggestion to quickly/lightly melt the very end of the tiny wire insulation, then pinch it off with fingernails. It was easy, but I was little concerned about a clean solder connection so I sanded it with some 320 for a second or two. Worked great
Comment by Dave Lynas on February 24, 2014 at 7:17pm
Thanks Eric, I'll look for a pair. Where did you find them?
Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on February 24, 2014 at 5:47pm

You're right Eric. I have a pair of those and they work great.


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