I posted a question about mounting a magnetic pickup inside the cigar box without cutting a hole through the lid. As I saw it, this setup offered a number of advantages, one being the box top didn't get chopped up.

Well, I couldn't let it go so where is my update.

I made mounts for both a single wound and mini humbucker. This set the pickups on springs so it could slide up and down.

The pickup mount is then attached to the neck assembly with a single screw.

Since there is no hole in the box lid, the single screw allows the pickup to be easily moved up and down the neck or angled to enhance certain strings.

With the cigar box lid installed the pickup presses directly against the box top under spring pressure.

So, how does it work? While the guitar is not completed, I couldn't resist stringing it up with a couple of strings and attaching it to my amp via some jumpers. I fired up the amp and turned the volume to the same position I always use. Then the moment of truth.

I picked a few notes and was rewarded with a familiar tone from my amp. I haven't recorded any tracks on Audacity to compare, but just listening, I think the volume is every bit as strong as my regular player. I guess a magnetic field just isn't impressed by a little cigar box top.

This is really encouraging. I can have the warm sound of a magnetic pickup without having to cut up the box top. I can also drive my self crazy trying different locations and angles of the pickup. Should keep me busy and confused for months. I'll pass along any interesting findings as I get her finished and playing.

Views: 1011

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Yes you did. And yes, you are right (God, sounds like I'm talking to my wife)

You original comments

You even noted that magnetic lines of flux have no respect for thin plywood.....

Thanks

lol  ..  wify  .  flashback  ..  ( sorry)     ;-)

 

but  you  referred    my  answer   as  ways     answer  .. so   we are  even .  ..  . 

well  ..  maybe   not  quite  . ;-)

I can never get replies to line up correctly..........my affliction......

;-)

LOL......

In the end, you are correct. Simple is better.

But...........in this case I was trying to get every possible advantage built into the design. Thus the movable/twistable mount system. Once I get her all together, I doubt that I'll move things more than once or twice, but the building was fun.

If that cord sticking out of the side doesn't give it away, the sound sure will.......

No mistaking a mag pickup sound.

you build a fake one on the other side like i said when tom first mentioned it.  Pretty sure if you look in my old pics you'll see a bunch of em

I like the idea a lot and also like the bit of possible deception of not having the mag showing.

Let um think it's a novelty then blast them. Not necessarily with volume either but with a great tone.

A screw it, turn it way up too!

Great idea and implementation! Now all you need is a slot in the neck and box bottom to let you move it ,angle it and lock it without opening the box.

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

Spokeshave: flat or round?

Started by Clint “Uncle Gus” Turpen in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Mark Prentice 15 hours ago. 13 Replies

Review: Swamp Witch "Wesseh Tribute" Cigar Box Guitar

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by the anonymous pick 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

Video Premier: Hymn for Her "Blue Balloons"

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles 16 hours ago. 0 Replies

VIDEO: The Flamethrower Organ

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles 17 hours ago. 0 Replies

VIDEO: You Gotta Move cover by Jerome Graille

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Dave Lynas 23 hours ago. 2 Replies

VIDEO: Playing the Limberjack - Randy Cato demonstrates

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Dave Lynas 23 hours ago. 3 Replies

Cookie Tin CBG Canjo

Started by JP Lace Master in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Fergus Lester on Tuesday. 12 Replies

Latest Activity

Gerrit Klaassen and Darryl Tuttle are now friends
50 minutes ago
James O Lunsford commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Home Grown Shade

"Sweet sounding Guitar and playing Dave laid back in the shade"
2 hours ago
James O Lunsford liked Dave Lynas's video
2 hours ago
James O Lunsford commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

Little Red Rooster W.Dixon - A. D. Eker 2018 mix

"Little Red Rooster looks like a fighter He'll whup them barking dogs nice playing and vocals…"
2 hours ago
James O Lunsford liked Andries D. EKER's video
2 hours ago
James O Lunsford liked Andries D. EKER's video
2 hours ago
James O Lunsford commented on Richard Sundberg's video
Thumbnail

Me and My Little Guitar

"Thanks You Everyone appreciate your comments pictures and for watching the video Richard made a…"
2 hours ago
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

The Vacationer

"Sounds as good as it looks Dave . "
2 hours ago
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly liked Dave Lynas's video
2 hours ago
Taffy Evans replied to Eliah Holiday's discussion Favorite pickups and position?
"Hi, don't forget that pickups are designed for a cetian position under the string, and are…"
2 hours ago
Dennis Goodinson liked Vern Hallett's photo
2 hours ago
Danny Gordon commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

The Vacationer

"great job Dave love the suitcase amp and the art work keep on rockin my friend"
3 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service