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Resonator science

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Robertson on Friday. 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 Kirk Jan 24. 3 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

amps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lazylefteye Nov 8, 2017. 5 Replies

Anybody use any amp simulator software to play through a PC?Continue

 

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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…"
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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
Joe Williams replied to Hans's discussion Truss rod without power tools
"I've built 15 guitars. I don't use truss rods. I bury a length of 1/2" square tube in the neck. None of them have moved yet."
Feb 13
David L. replied to Joe Williams's discussion Resonator science
"This link gives the history regarding regular resonator guitars and the types of cones used http://www.acousticfingerstyle.com/ResonatorsExplained.htm The reason for the domed design is so that the thin, fragile cone has the strength needed to take…"
Feb 13
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Resonator science

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 properties of something like the "lightning" cone, or even less something like the anglefood pan. Anyone?See More
Feb 12
Kirk replied to Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
"I put a mound of hot glue on the neck, inside the box where the bridge will mount, apply the piezo, then a mound of hot glue on the piezo, and close the box.  I leave no space between box lid, glue, piezo, glue, and neck piece, but try to…"
Jan 24
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly replied to Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
"I use a beer bottle tops hot glue the piezo in it then gule the cap to the under side of your through neck I fine it works well and not so bright and loud as on underside of top .there's a you tube video that shows you how ."
Jan 24
Shawn McConnaughay Sr liked Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
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Shawn McConnaughay Sr replied to Joe Williams's discussion Taming a piezo
" I use hot glue, but Shane Speak shows a YouTube video on how to build a simple cigar box preamp that would do the trick. I just did it for the first time and it sounds awesome"
Jan 24
Joe Williams posted a discussion

Taming a piezo

Has anybody tried a puddle of either hot glue or epoxy for desensitizing a piezo?See More
Jan 23
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion Amps and speakers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"While you're here, I also have a pair of old powered computer speakers which could be hacked into. The converter/wall plug says 16V. Could I power that with 2 9V batteries?"
Dec 26, 2017
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion Amps and speakers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Cool, I'll give it a try, thanks."
Dec 26, 2017
John Sawyer replied to Joe Williams's discussion Amps and speakers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Absolutely! I use 4" car speakers with sub 1W amps. They work great..."
Dec 26, 2017

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