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Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Whitney Oct 20, 2017. 26 Replies

Hey gents -I'm just finishing up my second build and spent a good part of the day messing about with a disc piezo. The wires that came off of them are extremely thin and today had me:1) Installing…Continue

Yet another 'zero fret' question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Sep 30, 2017. 11 Replies

Hey gents and gals -I'm thinking of adding a zero fret on my second build. I have a Gypsy Jazz guitar with a zero fret (nut, then fret) and never noticed it until recently scoping out fretboards that…Continue

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Wiring help?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Sep 19, 2017. 36 Replies

Hey gents - I'm closing in on my first build and threw some strings on her last night. Man, this has rekindled my love for guitar. While my slide technique is sloppy, it was so great to hear sound…Continue

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Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Thanks Taff -  What you're suggesting makes perfect sense. The photos I posted originally were without a bridge as my bridge took a trip through my jointer (don't ask). I've since created a new bridge (see attached) and put a…"
Oct 20, 2017
Taffy Evans replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Hi, my first thought re the problem is this. A piezo pickup needs to have vibrations or pressure for it to work. The reason it is placed on the soundboard is that is the greatest source of strong vibrations. This is due to the bridge location on the…"
Oct 20, 2017
JL replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"probably gluing the piezo side of the cap instead of the thick glue side of the cap to the soundboard, just a guess..."
Oct 19, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Here's an update of her plugged in... my thoughts on the piezo have changed now that I've pulled it out of the glue / bottle cap. Still curious how guys are getting decent sound from that setup."
Oct 18, 2017
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Oct 18, 2017
JL replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"I started with using my electric hand held belt sander upsidedown in the bench vice, then I got something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-120-Volt-Bench-Sander-Green-BD4601G/205509608 tips for even and level, sure.  Pressing hard…"
Oct 18, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Man, I know...! - and old enough to know better. I grabbed some 'chopstick' like scraps to try to guide it through and it suck into the blade almost instantly. I'm seriously eyeing up that shaper/sander for the drill-press at StewMac.…"
Oct 17, 2017
darryl kernaghan replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Wow Mike, i wouldn't go any where near a jointer with something as small as a bridge , you were a bit lucky, cbg's are known to be easy to get a tune out of, but fingers help in making it easy"
Oct 17, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Hey JL - Good call. I was actually looking at one of those shaping setups from StewMac and wondered how good it…"
Oct 17, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Hey Randy - awesome work man - the detail is incredible! No - I didn't know they could be cut. Can you shoot me a link to your site?"
Oct 17, 2017
Randy S. Bretz replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"You do know that the piezo disc`s can be cut. I use the cut ones in my bone carved saddle bridges"
Oct 17, 2017
JL replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"I invested in a benchtop belt & disk sanding station, and do a whole lot of my work on it, including shaping bridges, tail pieces, nuts, pegs, sanding down the sharp ends of frets and the sides of the fingerboard and neck, I've even made…"
Oct 17, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Thanks Darryl. Used a thin smear and all seems to be ok. Now off to build a new bridge..."
Oct 16, 2017
darryl kernaghan replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"you can always gently re heat the glue to remove it, it's hard to suggest how much glue to use as each mount is different, but once you have it where it sounds best, a layer between it and the wood will soften handling noises, and any amount…"
Oct 16, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"QUICK QUESTION -  Before I glue this disc down, given the recent issues, would it be better to put a few dabs of glue around the perimeter of the disc to attach it to the box vs a thin smear of hot glue between the disc and the lid?"
Oct 16, 2017
Mike Whitney replied to Mike Whitney's discussion Round peizo... feeling underwhelmed.
"Thanks for the support guys. I had a few hours today - here's where I'm at: 1) Heated up the bottle cap to remove the glue and try to save the round piezo [failure - ceramic cracked]. 2) Noticed some static / intermittency on my v/c. 3)…"
Oct 16, 2017

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