Everybody knows LEDs are fun, so I figured these pickups needed some. Using clear Lexan as a base, a layer of diffusion film and some vinyl tubing, I was able to get these to light up pretty good in low light. (The pics exaggerate the effect.) My plan is to put them in a “retro-future” guitar of some kind, maybe a lap steel. I’ve also been experimenting with getting them to respond to picking the strings through an Arduino and the proof of concept is there, but I need to refine the wiring and the code. It’s probably all a bit too much for the roots purists out there, but this is pure DIY making magic to me. Check out this pic for more details.

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/plated-pickup

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Comment by turtlehead on March 12, 2018 at 9:15pm

Thanks everybody.  I like that Korrigan - the instrument of the future!  In some ways I'm a purist myself - I like roots music and simple, easy to build homemade instruments, but CBGs were my gateway into the world of electronics which has been as fun and interesting as anything I've tinkered with. 

Comment by Bluesheart on March 11, 2018 at 7:28am

Crazy cool!

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on March 10, 2018 at 10:01pm

Style with heaps of killer cool . 

Comment by Korrigan on March 10, 2018 at 9:58pm

That's awesome T! And don't worry about the purists. If it wasn't for innovators like you we'd all still be playing 6-stringers instead of the instrument of the future, the CBG.  : )

Comment by Chris "Fingerz" Zaferes on March 10, 2018 at 9:52pm

Very cool idea!

Comment by Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans on March 10, 2018 at 9:41pm

Way cool, turtlehead!  And thank God - NO RULES in CBG's!

Comment by turtlehead on March 10, 2018 at 9:27pm

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