What is the best way to install and hide a Humbucker pick up under the lid so  it picks up the best sound from the strings?

Views: 338

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

This might be a silly question, but why are you trying to hide the humbucker? Aesthetic reasons?

The most popular reason is to  save / retain the artwork on the top of the box .

I'm guessing that is the case here . 

To avoid a microphonic . piezo type sound  , mount the  pickup so it is  barely touching the lid . Remember to take into account string / bridge  downward pressure not making it touch by spooning a bit etc if the lid is thin. . ..You can accomplish this by  mounting to the neck inside but leaving a space between the  lid and pickup .  or you  "could "  "hang" it from the lid  with  rubber or cloth separations (as long as the mag part is not touching  the wood .( mounting ears  padded should be fine .).

your pickup will  still read  the strings even through 1/4  inch wood or  more .  make sure strings are not too high from the lid (around normal guitar action height ).   a larger  distance will weaken the  signal more than  thick wood will.

assuming this is a wood body ?  and not a tin ?.  cause that's a whole new animal     ;-)

Could drill small holes or cut small slits in the top just over the pickup's poles. That would help with volume.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Box thickness effect on sound

Started by Infirmity Citrus President in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jul 31. 3 Replies

Ghost pickup

Started by Michael shrader in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jul 29. 5 Replies

Files download

Started by David Herrera in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Timothy Hunter Jul 14. 9 Replies

The Cigar Box SITAR Experiment - by Shane Speal

Started by Cigar Box Nation in Feature Articles. Last reply by t-belly johnson Jun 16. 2 Replies

Latest Activity

bemuzic commented on bemuzic's video
Thumbnail

This Song Isn't True - Busking & Live Looping w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar in St Ives, Cambs

"Thanks Digly, I was surprised when they put some money in. I do have a board with a QR code on it…"
4 hours ago
bemuzic commented on bemuzic's video
Thumbnail

This Song Isn't True - Busking & Live Looping w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar in St Ives, Cambs

"thanks Robert, ah yes I was trying out things in Power Director 20, having recently upgraded from a…"
4 hours ago
Steve Holladay posted a video

Clifftop 2022 - got a little bluezy!

These 2 stopped by my campsite beside "The Swamp" at Clifftop for a while. Turns out they are David and Nancy from Roots 2 Music.https://root2music.com/home...
7 hours ago
BrianQ. liked Doug Thorsvik's video
7 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik posted a video
7 hours ago
BrianQ. left a comment for Spencer Wadsworth
"Welcome, check out the Resources tab for build/play info and join some groups located in the Posts…"
9 hours ago
Howard Craypool commented on Howard Craypool's photo
Thumbnail

Neck

"Thank you, where do you thing would be a good spot for the piezo, never installed one.! Thank you"
10 hours ago
Howard Craypool commented on Howard Craypool's photo
Thumbnail

Tuning head

"Yes, on this cigar box I added a canninite (pipe stone) for the nut"
10 hours ago
Diglydog commented on bemuzic's video
Thumbnail

This Song Isn't True - Busking & Live Looping w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar in St Ives, Cambs

"Nice one, Belinda.  Great to see the kids enjoying the music and giving you some cash. …"
10 hours ago
Robert Neal commented on bemuzic's video
11 hours ago
Profile IconSpencer Wadsworth, Andrew Webb, Christina La France and 4 more joined Cigar Box Nation
12 hours ago
Carl Floyd replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I noticed that years ago on mine LP case, Taff.   I folded a piece of cloth in the area…"
13 hours ago

Music

© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->