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Pickup mounted in pan

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Oct 15, 2021. 1 Reply

Hey everyone...I,m building a frying pan type 3 string. I want to add a pickup mounted trough the top. what type of pickup would be best? also, I'm concerned about the pickup reading the metal pan…Continue

Pickup mount

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 22, 2020. 5 Replies

Howdy...I am building a two string, short scale, stand up ( well...sit down) bass. I want to mount a Gitty bass pickup under the strings but on top of a short L bracket which will be mounted to a…Continue

 

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BrianQ. replied to Terry Brennan's discussion Pickup mounted in pan
"Terry, you can make a pickup mounting ring or buy a pickup that comes with a plastic mounting ring? FYI Refrigerator magnets are not musical, but neodymium magnets are? If you’re going to add a magnet to a pickup, then it should match the…"
Oct 15, 2021
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Pickup mounted in pan

Hey everyone...I,m building a frying pan type 3 string. I want to add a pickup mounted trough the top. what type of pickup would be best? also, I'm concerned about the pickup reading the metal pan [it,s kinda thick.] I'm wondering if i should open a bigger hole in the top and then surrounding the pickup with some thin wood to distance it from the metal. Another wonder I have is when ghosting a pickup I have seen somewhere someone put small [1/8"x 1/16"?] magnets between the surface and the…See More
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"Hey AGP,  This build is really neat. I see that you cut an opening for the pickup. Could you comment on how you did that? I use saws to make keys for Rhumba Boxes (bass kalimbas,) and have not been able to drill holes in the steel. I assumed…"
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Paul Craig replied to Terry Brennan's discussion Pickup mount
"Aluminum and steel both effect the pickup's magnetic field. Sometimes it's in a good way and sometimes in a bad way. One thing that is good about aluminum is that if enough aluminum is used, it can make 60 cycle hum disappear from single…"
Nov 22, 2020
Terry Brennan replied to Terry Brennan's discussion Pickup mount
"Hey Pick, and Taffy...Thanks for the replies. I was able to glean useful info from both of your suggestions. Taffy, your approach seems to be the best approach for my situation, and should provide a  mount less susceptible to vibration than my…"
Nov 16, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Terry Brennan's discussion Pickup mount
"Hi Terry, just to expand on Picks fine explanation. I started doing this a few years ago, see photo, as a way of mounting a pickup in a box where the pickup does not touch the top. The reason was to not have anything on the top that could interfere…"
Nov 15, 2020
the anonymous pick replied to Terry Brennan's discussion Pickup mount
"Hi . Any "magnetic-able " metal close to,  or touching,  a pickup will  have some effect on it , even with a thin barrier . this  can be undesirable . yet sometimes  desirable  or acceptable ..  Depending…"
Nov 14, 2020
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Nov 14, 2020
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Pickup mount

Howdy...I am building a two string, short scale, stand up ( well...sit down) bass. I want to mount a Gitty bass pickup under the strings but on top of a short L bracket which will be mounted to a block on the inside wall of the narrow box. This L bracket would pierce the top through a narrow slit, bend at 90 degrees, and allow the pickup to be mounted directly under the strings. The pickup would be mounted on top of the bracket on a thin wooden base. My question...Would a bar metal L bracket…See More
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Pickup mount

Posted on November 13, 2020 at 2:17pm 0 Comments

I am building a two string short scale stand up ( actually, sit down) bass. I hope to use a Gitty bass pickup suspended under the strings on an L shaped bracket that will be mounted to the side. The body is long and narrow so I feel I will be able to make the bracket stiff enough for this application. My question... Would a metal bracket interfere with the pickup doing its job, or would an aluminum bracket be required, so as not to trouble the magnetic vibes. Either way, the bracket would be…

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Posted on March 15, 2019 at 11:27am 6 Comments

Hey... long time member, infrequent commenter here. Some time ago,I read an entry about mounting a 3 pole pickup under the sound board and then placing three small (3/16?) magnets on top of the soundboard and over the poles as a way to extend the magnet field. I also recently noted a Dave Lynas build where he apparently mounted a flatpup under the soundboard with success. I am very interested in these approaches,and any information or guidance in this area would be appreciated  Thanks

Diotonic scale vs. blues scale

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 4:07pm 2 Comments

Hello from Madison, Wisco. I'm a newbee, and love this site. I've got my first three string (24 3/4 scale) to a point where I'm beyond my depth. I wonder if a diatonic fretless fingerboard would be good for using a slide to attempt blues but also to possibly play old gospel and REGGAE without the slide. I plan on indicating fret positions so as to be helpful when not using a slide. I have never played a musical instrument before, and know I need to start as simple as possible. May be I'll be…

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At 6:50am on August 28, 2015, Al Williams said…

Hi Terry, it's good to have contact with like minded people. I couldn't find very much information regarding building hub cap guitars, so have worked out a plan that I hope works. I didn't want any extraneous nuts and bolts, trying to keep it fairly simple. So far have built the neck, fret board, internal frame, and installed a beer cap piezo pickup which should lie just under the bridge. The assembly will begin tomorrow, trying to keep everything straight will be an act, so the strings end up parallel with the top hub cap, fingers crossed. Will take pictures and post them here somewhere.

At 9:08pm on August 25, 2015, Darryl Tuttle said…

i'm builiding my first cigar box guitar as well...learning by trial and error, will be posting pics of it when  i am done

At 6:18pm on August 25, 2015, Al Williams said…

Hi Terry, Al here from Australia. Being an old guy and also new to this game/hobby, I found the following URL very helpful for calculating the frets on 2 x 3 string guitars, first one a smoked salmon box, present one made from hub caps. https://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

 
 
 

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