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Pickups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erasmo Coco Mar 8. 6 Replies

For an acoustic instrument, do you prefer a Piezo or magnetic pickup, and why?Continue

Resonator science

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Robertson Feb 16. 5 Replies

Any science geeks here? I'm new to the resonator thing. Intuitively, I would think that the best kind of cone would be one which provided a domed chamber, so I really don't get the acoustic…Continue

Taming a piezo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on Sunday. 5 Replies

Has anybody tried a puddle of either hot glue or epoxy for desensitizing a piezo?Continue

Homemade amp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Br Harold F Stubbs III Dec 18, 2017. 15 Replies

I'm completely new to this electricity stuff. Last night I hacked a pair of old computer speakers into an amp. Just clipped the input wires where they came in the back of the powered speaker and…Continue

 

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Jeff 'Bones' Reilly replied to Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
"Try under the through neck not on the lid I found that way is the best for piezo in the bottle cap les noise from the lid . "
Sunday
Alan Dillard replied to Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
"I am irritated by the "surface" noises of touching the box lid and having the piezo magnify it.  Hot glued inside a bottle cap and to the lid is waay too sensitive, so got some 1/4" cork and put that between the piezo and the…"
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"How many AMPs does the wall wart specify?"
Mar 27
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"Gorgeous.What is the thickness of the metal?"
Mar 15
Erasmo Coco replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
" Piezo disc thin sounding , far to much handling noise, Piezo rod with pre amp the most common pick up in acoustic electric guitars. Mag in the sound hole will work.  Mike the instrument probably the best way to capture the acoustic…"
Mar 8
David L. replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
"I add both types so you get 3 different sounds from the same guitar (piezo/magnetic/both)."
Mar 8
Paul Craig replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
"Magnetic pickups in a semi-hollow or hollow body guitar/cbg can often lead to feedback and RF noise. Shielding the inside of the body is often required, shielded wiring is prefered and sometimes foam around the bottom of the pickups is needed. Also…"
Mar 8
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
"Certainly not a trick question. It's easy enough to insulate a piezo from extraneous sounds, but I'm new to electronics and just interested in how folks with more experience evaluate different types of pickups."
Mar 7
Grandpa replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
"Joe, I don't usually put a pickup on a straight acoustic build. That said, I have used disc piezos and rod piezos  on acoustic builds, and I like the rod piezos better. Good direct contact under the bridge has yielded good results for me.…"
Mar 7
Korrigan replied to Joe Williams's discussion Pickups
"Is this a trick question?  : ) I prefer mag pickups because they don't need a preamp and don't pick up handling sounds."
Mar 7
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Feb 16
Hal Robertson replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"My Tricone Resonator Build I built a tricone resonator last year using the bottoms of large drink cans (another in the works right now) and learned quite a bit about the concept in the process. You can take a look at the post if you're…"
Feb 16
David L. replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"Taking it one step further this discussion from 2012 is about the "rezobro"  http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/rezobro-interesting?commentId=2592684%3AComment%3A1065096 To get the reso sound instead of a cone, large metal…"
Feb 14
Jerry Jordan replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"I've tried many different resonators including pot lids and cat bowls, steamer lids, and commercial cones of different materials including, bronze, aluminum n such.,.,I found "cones" are not the only shape that works.,many people use…"
Feb 14
Grandpa replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"Joe, the post by David L. has a lot of good links for you. Here's some of my experiences. I first built a dog bowl resonator, which was cheap, fun to design the git, a good building experience. Sounded real tinny and muddy at the same time. I…"
Feb 13

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I've built all kinds of stringed instruments. No CBGs yet and nothing electric. Looking to broaden my horizons.

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