Hi, I am currently working on my second CBG build and plan on using an old Telecaster-style neck pickup in it. I've heard that bronze-wound acoustic guitar strings are the best choice for CBGs, but I am wondering if they are electrically conductive enough to work right with a magnetic pickup.
Ironically, I hadn't yet read the bronze string suggestion when I strung up my first build (which has a piezo) and I used Ernie Ball electric guitar strings. Anyways, I am open to any and all suggestions. :)
Thank you for the suggestions, everybody. Josh, I might be interested in trying out those pickups you mentioned that are designed for bronze strings, if they are not too expensive.
I'm getting very close to having my current CBG build finished, so I'll probably just take your suggestion and try the different strings and see what I like. One more question I have about using bronze strings, is how is the treble response? When I'm not playing CBG I'm a Tele player, so I sorta got the need for the twang thang. Lack of good treble response was also one of the things I was kinda dissatisfied about with the piezo disc pickup I used in my first CBG build.
Well, I had time over the last couple of days to finish the build and experiment a bit with different string types. To my ear anyways, the bronze wound strings just didn't sound as rich as the regular electric guitar strings. I ended up using a plain string on the high end instead of a wound string too, as I like having one string that sounds conspicuously different than the others.
All in all I'm really impressed with how cool the Tele p'up sounds in my little CBG, and thanks again to all for your input. I'm looking forward to trying some old humbuckers and P90s in a the near future.
I hear you, I have a number of guitars but the one I have the most of is the telecaster including a 3 string. I have a four string tenor tele about half done.
I've always loved tenor Teles, but a 4-string tenor? That is just pure awesome! I do hope you'll post pics when you get it finished! :)