I’ve built a few CBGs and been quite happy with the results. However, I’ve recently viewed a lot of YouTube videos where builders have put their piezo pickups, disc or rod, into recesses in the neck, and not in contact with the lid, as I have done. Which is the right, or most effective, way? Experienced builders please advise.

Views: 81

Replies to This Discussion

Would you mind sharing where and how you are placing the piezos currently?

When I’ve used a disc piezo I’ve fixed them to the inside of the lid, with hot glue, directly under the bridge position. I would have removed material from the neck so that the lid, and/or pickup, doesn’t come into contact with any part of the neck with the exception of the points where the through neck enters and leaves the box.

Piezo in the neck is very interesting.  With the traditional placement under the bridge, when there is neck contact, it really projects through the amp.  The difference in location and output is intriguing.  I’m sure you will get some great responses from the pros on this site.  Thanks for bringing this idea up, I’ll look forward to the responses 

Alot of factors at play here . Not all piezos are equal .  or the same quality .  Vibration of the lid and build design can factor in as well . and/or if the  neck is hard attached to lid etc etc . 

Rule of thumb is to test  placement with tape to try and find a sweet spot .  Also,  some piezos are more sensitive than others , and may need to be tamed with hot glue , padding or .  placement on the neck may hush it a little better  than getting full sensitivity  by the bridge or on the lid . 

Otherwise  a cheap squaky piezo may sound like 2 skeletons humping on a tin roof  using a tin can for a condom ...... or like pulling a cat through a keyhole .

So , test what ya got to work with , and find the sweet spot .  and be sure you get the same brand and quality when trying to repeat success , or  repeat the same design. 

Hi, It's hard to beat anonymous pick's desription, spot on.

Just to add that strip or UST, or under saddle transducers are made to sense the vibrations of the string, so mounting as close to the string as possible, [under the saddle} gets the best out of them.

Disc piezo transducers read the vibrations of timber in a CBG. The timber is excited by the strings, so again closer to that area the more response. Not always a good response, so as AP says experiment.

Also, a preamp is recommended for a more pleasing performance from a piezo pickup.
Cheers taff

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


Discussion Forum

Bolt on neck to a set neck body?

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig May 25. 12 Replies

Locations

Started by Roy Smith. Last reply by the anonymous pick May 15. 2 Replies

Help please re Bento Box Uke "nut"

Started by Al Lobe. Last reply by BrianQ. May 11. 18 Replies

Clarification on pick ups

Started by Michael Myers. Last reply by Taffy Evans May 6. 5 Replies

Licence plate cbg

Started by Michael Myers. Last reply by Michael Myers May 2. 5 Replies

Minimum tools needed

Started by Wichita Sam. Last reply by MadGomer Feb 27. 19 Replies

Doubling the high string

Started by Robert Killen. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 25. 22 Replies

Builder's Tips

Started by Wichita Sam. Last reply by MadGomer Feb 23. 2 Replies

Tres Cubano Build

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 9, 2021. 18 Replies

CB Gitty Country Roads Banjo kit

Started by Ken Hope. Last reply by Christopher G Daniels Nov 29, 2021. 4 Replies

Drawings or pictures on the box

Started by Martin. Last reply by Chad Taylor Oct 22, 2021. 6 Replies

Hard metal bridges

Started by Michael Myers. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson Oct 22, 2021. 2 Replies

Getting the most sustain on a fretless CBG.

Started by Joe Plotts. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 30, 2021. 4 Replies

2nd Build Electronics Questions

Started by Steven Adler. Last reply by Steven Adler Apr 20, 2021. 4 Replies

yard sticks for fret boards

Started by Raymond L. Last reply by the anonymous pick Apr 17, 2021. 3 Replies

Where in the UK.

Started by Ian MCDONALD. Last reply by Lazylefteye Mar 28, 2021. 4 Replies

whaaaaaa?

Started by andrew payton-smith. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 7, 2021. 11 Replies

wiring a split coil mini humbucker

Started by Don Tucker. Last reply by Taffy Evans Mar 6, 2021. 2 Replies

Canjo tuning

Started by declan foley. Last reply by Taffy Evans Nov 23, 2020. 18 Replies

Latest Activity

Robert Neal commented on Robert Neal 's photo
Thumbnail

28jun2022 mo

"Thank you Sir! Yes cgea tuning. I am loving it as I am finding more music online to practice with…"
38 minutes ago
Robert Neal commented on Robert Neal 's photo
Thumbnail

28jun22 mo neck

"Thank you John!! I am a big fan of you and your builds as well"
42 minutes ago
Robert Neal commented on Robert Neal 's photo
Thumbnail

28jun22 mo neck

"Thank You Doug, I like inlaying and I have access to the copper and turquoise material,  "
43 minutes ago
Robert Neal commented on Robert Neal 's photo
Thumbnail

28jun22 Mo box back

"Thank you Uncle John!! I apologize I am very new at this site, yes very strong. no I started…"
46 minutes ago
Uncle John posted photos
4 hours ago
Order99 liked Glenn Kaiser's photo
15 hours ago
Order99 liked Glenn Kaiser's photo
15 hours ago
Order99 liked Glenn Kaiser's photo
15 hours ago
Order99 liked Lemuel's photo
15 hours ago
Order99 liked Lemuel's photo
15 hours ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

Strength

"Preciate the kind words,AGP.."
15 hours ago
Order99 liked Uncle John's photo
15 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 -->