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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!

Remember that C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply is the one-stop shop for all of your CBG Electronics needs!

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Voltage question

Started by Monterey. Last reply by Dave Lynas May 10. 5 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

Piezo size and sound

Started by Dave S. Last reply by Gary W Apr 27. 10 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

Issues With Dual Piezo Output

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Brian Revels Apr 26. 7 Replies

Ok, so this is not the first time I have done this and I am not sure why it's not working now.  I have two piezo discs wired in parallel.  Both hot leads are together and going to post 1 on my 250K…Continue

Simple OnBoard JFet Preamp for Piezos

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by Henry S Mar 25. 8 Replies

Don't forget to Solder all…Continue

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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.
Comment by jeff Cadzow on February 24, 2015 at 8:26am
Thanks Brian
So it's pretty close, do i not have to worry about the strings vibrating and hitting the pickup?
Comment by Brian Revels on February 24, 2015 at 7:19am

On a Gibson I have, the strings are about 3/16ths of an inch (sorry, not good with metrics yet) above the humbuckers. On an Ibanez I have with single-coils the string are closer to an 8th of an inch.  I don't think I would go higher than around 3/16ths to a quarter inch.  Any higher and I think you'd be sacrificing signal strength/volume.

Comment by Brian Revels on February 24, 2015 at 7:16am

 jeff Cadzow I am not sure if you are making this so the pickup height is adjustable. If so, then you can Google, "String height above pickups".  You will find all sorts of good info there within the first few sites (including a YouTube video with some tips and tricks. 

Comment by jeff Cadzow on February 24, 2015 at 7:04am
One more thing , can anyone recommend a book on guitar electics
Comment by jeff Cadzow on February 24, 2015 at 7:02am
Hi all. On my fifth model,previously piezo pickups. This one magnetic, using a pre- wired 6 string single coil pickup harness from CB Gitty. I have spent an hour looking through the forums but keep getting side tracked by other peoples builds!? A simple question I'm sure, how far should the strings be away from the pickup?
Comment by Brian Revels on February 18, 2015 at 8:08am

@Cameron Brown
If it were me, I would built the circuit. My problem is I don't know how (I would have to enlist the help of a Luthier/Amp Builder friend of mine).

If you can follow a schematic, they are all over Google Images when searching for, "Reverb Circuit".  I also found this to be a good resource:

It sounds like some of these kits already have the reverb circuit built in.


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