Looking for some tips. I am just finishing up a guitar that spoke to me late last night, requesting some magnetic pickups. I would prefer not to cut holes in the box, and thus would like to try my hand at some fairly flat pickups. Anyone have any tips?

I did, for the record, try the search box, but so far it and I do not get along well...

Thanks all!

Views: 513

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

The main thing is to get flat magnets and then go from there. Neodymium or ceramic button magnets would fit the bill. Then get a thin but strong material such as fiberboard or plastic, and epoxy the magnets in the middle to make your bobbin. Wind the magnet wire around that.

This design would be similar to the second photo on my pickup workshop http://cigarboxguitars.com/resources/workshops/pickup-workshop

42 gauge wire would give better results than the thicker Radio Shack wire I was experimenting with. You'll need to come up with a pickup winder if you're working with 42 gauge.

By the way, I have a group on here called Skeesix CBG pickups, where we discuss pickups. http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/skeesixcbgpickups

Make damn sure the bobbins are well attached to the magnets such that the windings don't push the bobbins off the poles. I think it's why most poles go all the way through the bobbin material, which gives them more purchase.

Skeesix, thanks! Those links are what I am looking for!

And RTS, I will for sure be careful, although a quick look at the pictures of my builds will show that I will not be too careful... (Insert evil grin here)

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/thin-cigarbox-guitar-pickup

I prefer ceramic over neo magnets for sound for this style pickup.  To much string pull with Neo and can be too bright and shrill.

Good Video!

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

Weird buzzing sound

Started by Emil Palmgren in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans 10 hours ago. 6 Replies

Fret press anyone?

Started by Ducati Scotty in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty 12 hours ago. 12 Replies

VIDEO & PICS: Reso Bass by Jason Mills of Highwood Guitars

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Jason Mills 21 hours ago. 21 Replies

PDF Download: How to Tie Fret Knots - a Traditional Way of Fretting

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Busyhands Slim yesterday. 1 Reply

PDF Download: Build a "Two Hour" Hammered Dulcimer

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Shane Speal shanespeal.com yesterday. 2 Replies

VIDEO - Building Guitars with Antique Cigar Boxes

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Lonman on Tuesday. 6 Replies

PDF Download: Build a Super Tub Bass (improved upright gutbucket bass)

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by James Matthews on Saturday. 3 Replies

Fret board Length

Started by Tim Castagnola in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig on Saturday. 19 Replies

Latest Activity

Dave Lynas commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

CALLI FEST PROMO

"The Big Pallet Stage! Wow, you Canadians! "
18 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Road Rash Roy's video
Thumbnail

Big Momma's Door (Alvin Youngblood Hart) Cover

"Road Rash! That is great! I could hear ol R.L. In your voice. Great Miss. Hill blues. What tuning…"
20 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Road Rash Roy's video
22 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

CALLI FEST PROMO

"Dave , the stage right next to the one  beside it .  ;-)"
22 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked the anonymous pick's video
26 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

CALLI FEST PROMO

"Good one Pick. Glad to see you’ll be Round for the Fest if IDs. Whitch Stage?"
29 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

CALLI FEST PROMO

"click photo below to enlarge "
35 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
36 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Calli Fest Snowbound Blues

"Thanks Mike. Good to get your comment. I love this MGB kit, the Bo Diddly box. It took…"
37 minutes ago
the anonymous pick posted a video

CALLI FEST PROMO

Fake news ;-)
39 minutes ago
Jérôme B commented on Jérôme B's video
Thumbnail

Lady (personalbox) trashblues niort

"merci à vous ... si vous souhaitez precommander notre futur album c'est…"
57 minutes ago
Jérôme B commented on Jérôme B's photo
Thumbnail

personalbox

"merci pour le compliment"
59 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2019   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://api.ning.com/files/Stym6V-ACBaiDP5ilIPA6bJ3rn0ZdlI1EwGHWgROvEkwiCCaNgzJRcZTZH8OGkV3fvK-NboXjThXltWFbcihM-jI4Mwz5SV3/scrollup_icon.png") 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 -->