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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Ted Crocker's Mad Scientist Lab Wiring Diagrams & Schematics

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Daniel Walter on Monday. 26 Replies

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

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Voltage question

Started by Monterey. Last reply by Denis U Aug 28. 7 Replies

Can you use an electric guitar that works on a 110-120 volt AC amp in Canada or the USA overseas in Australia or New Zealand on a 220-240 volt AC amp, or is it best to bring a battery powered amp…Continue

Homemade Pickups

Started by Monterey Aug 22. 0 Replies

I saw a good instructable for making homemade pickups. Here is the link:…Continue

How to connect mag pup with three wires direct to jack?

Started by Tom Thompson. Last reply by Tom Thompson Aug 20. 2 Replies

Someone recently gave me an old mag pickup that has three wires soldered to it. I want to just connect it directly to an output jack but am not sure which wire goes where. Anyone have an idea?

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Comment by Ted Crocker on Saturday

Hi Steve,

I'm not 100% sure but try this.  On the input side, solder the positive lug of the jack to the ceramic of the piezo.  Solder the brass outer ring to the positive lug of the output jack. Solder the negative lugs of both jacks together.  Hope this helps.


Comment by Slide ---on Steve on August 28, 2015 at 5:27am

I have a bypass pedal. On the effect side I go out to the effect and return to the bypass pedal. The effect is a foot drum that I build with a piezo pick up inside. How  do I wire the two 1/4" jacks input and output with the piezo? Do I wire the piezo in series or parallel.?

Comment by Ken Vickets on June 1, 2015 at 12:35pm
Thanks so much Ted...this was a confusing one for us!
Comment by Ted Crocker on June 1, 2015 at 12:14pm

This is what you need Ken.  Just omit the tone control.

I recommend using a 3 way switch when combining a piezo and mag.

Find all of my wiring diagrams & schematics here:


Comment by smilingdog1 on May 31, 2015 at 3:11pm

Ted Crokers Homemade music clubhouse

Use his search for wiring diagrams. There are several topics listed on this subject so you'll have to navigate a little to find the diagram you need.

I would suggest wiring & soldering on a template or thin cardboard, then plug it in for a test prior to installation, this gives you room to correct any error before cramming it into the tight pockets in the guitar body.

Comment by Ken Vickets on May 31, 2015 at 1:34pm
Looking to wire up 1 mag pickup, and 1 piezo, each with separate volume pot, sharing I jack. Comments or diagram?
Comment by Dave Lynas on March 18, 2015 at 6:51am
Hii Cynthia, I,ve received lots of help with wiring on Nation. Just ask and you shall receive. Ted Crocker helped me the most. He showed clear plan schematics that worked. I,ve seen lots of clear photos from the guts of CBN builds also. Look into some of the photo files from builders you like. Some show step by step shots on some of their builds. Welcome to Nation.....
Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on March 18, 2015 at 12:11am

Hi Cynthia. I don't claim to know the answers to your question, but there is a lot of good info here.


Welcome to the Nation and have fun with your builds.

Comment by Cynthia on March 17, 2015 at 10:40pm

im new and a puppy in the big dog park. It seems that folks show glorious photos of outside finish, but none of the mechanics in the guts. I have a bridge with rod piazo and 1/4" plug.  Now what? I see pre-amps at Gitty. and other bits, is a pre-amp needed?  Better question is "How does this stuff work" and what is a good book for CBG wiring? Im making Uke's and 3 strings for starters, some of my boxes are too thin for acoustic, so this is all new.  

Comment by Dave Lynas on February 24, 2015 at 11:35am
The strings don,t hit but your fingers hit the pickup much easier.

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