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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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Simple OnBoard JFet Preamp for Piezos

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by BrianQ. on Monday. 7 Replies

Don't forget to Solder all…Continue

Shielding Electronics in a hollow box

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by BrianQ. Feb 9. 4 Replies

Hello all!  I have a question regarding shielding electronics in a CBG.In a solid body guitar (like a Strat), each routed cavity is normally wrapped with copper foil to reduce or eliminate hum and…Continue

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

Started by Chuck Cobillas. Last reply by smilingdog1 Jan 24. 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

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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.

Comment by Cameron Brown on February 18, 2015 at 12:42am

I'm going to build an amp into my box. Been done before. But I want to add reverb to the kit I'm using. What would be the best way? Just get a cheap reverb pedal and cannibalize it or build a circuit? Or is there a circuit I can buy?

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.

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