Looking into my first build. Been thinking about pickups, especially humbuckers, as well as whether to mount bridge or middle or neck position. Just wondering what people have already experimented with. First idea was a Lace pickup somewhere in the neck position, maybe add a piezo too with a switch. There are a lot of pickups out there and position and the kinda box you have I assume are all factors. What you like?

Views: 511

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Humbuckers!!! Any position. If your into just singing and playing then go for the neck to mid position. With the mid being more natural sounding. The bridge will give you more of a twang if that's what your into. Putting two in gives you the widest frequency range. So both the bass and highs will be there. A pickup in the middle position wont have the same sound. 

Depends on what sounding you're looking for you. positioning a Piezo is one thing; it'll affect the volume and resonance depending on where its mounted inside the box or whatever the body is made of. An electric pickup depends more on its relation to the neck and bridge. If you want a twang or highs or something a bit stronger for leads, you go with the bridge. you want something nice and low and good for rhythm, you go Neck. I got an old Epiphone Humbucker in the middle of one of my builds and gives a nice mid range, has a nice meatier rhythm. All depends on what sound you want to come out of them.

Good reply about humbuchers from Mr Blue Rat. With my first build I experimented with a strat 6 pole single coil in various positions. I got pretty much what I expected from that, e.g. typical  "Tele" twang in bridge position, & warm "Strat" tone in neck position. If you're into clean sound, then I'd go with single coil. Piezo's pick up vibration & don't use magnetic field to pick up strings. So they will pick up scratch, knocks, taps etc on the soundbox unless you install a pre-amp. Shane Speal did a YouTube video about them. I've no experience of mixing the two though. Lace pick ups seem to get rave reviews from builders.

I guess a pre-amp is another possibility. I'm leaning more towards a neck pickup placement as I plan for solo playing and like a solid rhythm sound. I was curious about mid position, seems uncommon. The Lace pickup seems like a good buy but again I find myself curious over all these other pickups I see in builds. Obviously the Lace pickup is at the high end cost-wise. I've heard good things about the piezo rail under bridge. I once saw a video of a CBG with a humbucker in bridge and a piezo inside and when he switch them both on the guitar really came to life with the qualities of both. 

Anyways, I probably just gotta make 14 CBGs with variety lol.

Most 1 pickup guitars have them mounted in the middle. I actually like the sound.overall tone lies within your amp settings tho.

Hi, don't forget that pickups are designed for a cetian position under the string, and are often marked (on the box anyway) neck, middle, bridge. This I imagine is due to the strings output at different points of the strings length so giving a more even responce,or to enhance the sharp to mellow tones of the string. But in a CBG I nont think that matters.


Regular 6 string pickups are marked "Bridge" or "Neck" usually based on the polepiece spacings.

This is correct.

My hands down favorite pickups for CBGs are the MGB Micro Pup (3k single coil) and Mini Box Buckers (2k or 4k humbucker). They sound great and like the Lace Matchbook they are surface mounted so require no cutting of the soundboard and neck. And you can't beat the price, $9.50 for the single coil, $15 for the humbucker.

As for placement, with a single pickup, I try to go with 3.75" from the bridge as suggested byTomT and Uncle Fred's experiments.

Thanks for the link. Been looking at the Wiggins Brand and the P90 as well. Probably gonna stick with neck position, though I may toy with the idea of a piezo rail in the bridge saddle + neck humbucker. The MGB stuff looks interesting. 

I would have to agree with Mr K .,.,I have tried them all, but for tone, price, ease of use.,.,the MGB 2K , 3K, 4K flat pups rock.,.,.

Any try the The PowerBucker rail pickup?


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

Featured Instrument Video


Building to sell

Started by Mark Rinehart in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan on Thursday. 4 Replies

Latest Activity

Jim Morris commented on shane wagstaff's video

Wall light banjo

8 minutes ago
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly posted photos
19 minutes ago
Spencer Lockhart commented on Uncle John's video

My Babe

"That is a phat axe and I am diggin on this song man!!!"
36 minutes ago
Spencer Lockhart liked Uncle John's video
38 minutes ago
Spencer Lockhart commented on Spencer Lockhart's photo

Robusto Rezo

"Thank you man!"
45 minutes ago
Richard Sundberg liked Uncle John's video
1 hour ago
Richard Sundberg commented on Uncle John's video

My Babe

"It might be the Choo Choo Train Lynas slide, but that train is playing on right on time! Your…"
1 hour ago
Taffy Evans replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Hi, that's a nice conversion Darryl. Here's another small bandsaw conversion I did couple…"
1 hour ago
Derek Rose liked RTZGUITARS's photo
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Spencer Lockhart's photo

Robusto Rezo

"Worn off just right! Friendly old guitar."
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked Spencer Lockhart's photo
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked Daniel Walter's photo
1 hour ago



© 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://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 -->