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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Piezo + Mag, volume each + blend pot in the middle?

Started by StumbleCol. Last reply by David L. Jul 8. 2 Replies

I want to build a guitar with a Piezo and Mag, I want to have a volume control for each, but I want to add a blend pot in between, so that I can control the percentage of each pick up with the blend…Continue

PICKUPS = Piezo Disks, Piezo Rods, Humbuckers, etc - best?, cost?, where to buy?

Started by Keith Stanford. Last reply by David McQueen Jul 6. 2 Replies

Howdy folks - a quick couple of questions that no doubt have been asked before:WHAT TYPES OF PICKUPS ARE COMMONLY USED IN CBGs (from worst to best is sound)?Piezo DisksPiezo Rods??WHAT ARE THE…Continue

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

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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.
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.


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