Jim Saraceno
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My first electric CBG....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Aug 12. 5 Replies

I have always striven for my CBGs to play well acoustically with the ability to amplify them with piezo pickups. this is my first stab at an electric guitar. I'm pretty stoked.Here is my Cohiba…Continue

Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter "spud" May 17. 8 Replies

Has anyone ever combined a Gitty amp kit with their EQ-7545R pre-amp?I just did a mock up of using both together and I love the way it sounds but I haven't figured out how to combine them into one…Continue

Problem with EQ-7545R Pre-amp...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Saraceno May 12. 12 Replies

I am trying to make a pre-amp/equalizer for my guitars with piezo pickups. I ordered an EQ-7545R pre-amp, I did the Shane Speal hack of cutting the rod piezo off and soldering on a 1/4" jack. When I…Continue

Matching speaker resistance ratings...

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Jan 4. 6 Replies

What happens when you don't match the speaker resistance with the amp output resistance?My amp kit has an 8 ohm output and it came with an 8 ohm speaker. I pulled a couple of speakers out of an old…Continue

 

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"That was a really great festival! I know you and Gary Herget busted your cajones to organize it and it really showed. Great job! Thanks for all your work!"
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Timothy Hunter "spud" replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"and thats all that matters... lol there is a way to switch both from 1 switch , use a double pole double throw switch. its basically two independent switches in one body . "
May 17
Jim Saraceno replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Any way to improve Gitty Amp kit?
"So I added an EQ-7545R pre-amp to the Gitty amp kit and it sounds great! You can read on another post how I wired the two together... http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/gitty-amp-kit-and-pre-amp"
May 16
Jim Saraceno replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"I finally got things wired and working and I love the way it sounds! Basically, like Timothy Hunter suggested, I cut off the output jack from the pre-amp. I wired the input wires from the amp to the output wires of the pre-amp. I soldered the black…"
May 16
Jim Saraceno replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"First off, I wish I had that kind of MS Pain skills, that's a nice drawing! So I like the look of that drawing. Have you actually done this? I tried to feed the amp from the battery in the Pre-amp unit and when I did, the whole unit quit…"
May 16
Timothy Hunter "spud" replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"excuse my very poor MS Paint sjkills... this way you can power both the preamp and the main amp of the 1 9V battery and not worry about leaving the guitar chord in the amp. the switch will power both when switched on."
May 16
Timothy Hunter "spud" replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"if you dont mind an extra switch to turn both the preamp/amp on together it should be relatively easy. give me a few moments and i will see if i can do a drawing for you."
May 16
Jim Saraceno replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"Shane did a video about how to make the pre-amp a stand alone unit. You plug your guitar into the input of the pre-amp then plug another cord into the output of the unit and into the amp. I did that mock up and really like the combination so I want…"
May 15
Timothy Hunter "spud" replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"looking at pictures on the internet as CBGitty's pic is small... it looks like the battery power comes out the bottom of the battery compartment at that plug.you could use that to power the amp and add a switch in the positive line to turn the…"
May 15
Jim Saraceno replied to Reverend Bow's discussion Well... I may have commited a sin...
"That's no sin, you bought it so you could have something to play with right away, now you don't have to worry about rushing your build. Play it, see what you like about it and what you don't like about it figure out what you can do to…"
May 14
Michael Zack replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...
"Seems like you could put an on/off switch between the output plug and the pre-amp."
May 14
Jim Saraceno replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Problem with EQ-7545R Pre-amp...
"Thanks but it is not the piezo that doesn't work it is the pre-amp."
May 12
Jim Saraceno posted a discussion

Gitty amp kit and pre-amp...

Has anyone ever combined a Gitty amp kit with their EQ-7545R pre-amp?I just did a mock up of using both together and I love the way it sounds but I haven't figured out how to combine them into one unit.The first problem I see is the pre-amp unit is turned on and off by inserting the output plug and of course the output of the pre-amp would be the input to the amp. That works fine when they are two separate units and I connect them with a standard 1/4" cable but presents a problem when they…See More
May 12
Jim Saraceno replied to Rob Blackaby's discussion Setup and String Height Questions
"I measured a Dobro string height of .112" above the 12th fret. A friend of mine has a National Steel that I measured at .120". These both lend themselves to both slide and fret playing. If you wanted just slide you would not even need…"
May 12
John Rivers replied to Jim Saraceno's discussion Problem with EQ-7545R Pre-amp...
"Gotta cut the piezo between the humps I have handled at least 1,000 piezos and never saw one that had no sound."
May 11

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At 5:42pm on February 26, 2017, gary herget said…

Great to have you for a friend Jim, maybe we will see you at the club someday.

At 6:04am on January 13, 2017, dave price said…
Usually amp designs have safety factor in the output impedance they can handle. What you have to remember is if you connect a lower impedance speaker your amp will be drawing more current. The output stage (transistors /ic ) will be running hotter, and without sufficient heat sinking could cause the output stage to fail during long periods of use. Higher impedance usually means lower output power.
At 9:22pm on October 30, 2015, john w said…

Jim -  I saw your comment re back angle on the neck.  My purpose is to give me enough height at the bridge to fit my adjustable bridge (I posted a little article on that awhile back - although others have come up with much more refined designs) and ease the tediousness of set up.  Its not necessary if you can use a lower bridge.

 
 
 

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