by Shane Speal

I can't believe how easy this was to make.  The mic is perfect for blues harmonica or lo-fi vocals...and all you need is an old handset and guitar jack.  If you make one, post pics and vids below!

Parts needed:

  • Old telephone handset.  (The one in this video is from the 1980's)
  • 1/4" guitar jack
  • Soldering iron and solder

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Cool. I made one similar using an old CB radio mic.

50's using a 48v phantom setup.

That is WAY cool.

I think it might be interesting to try to use the mouthpiece parts as a  pickup -- place them under the strings on a cigar box guitar, wire them to a pre-amp in the guitar body. If the body is inset from the neck enough for the strings to clear it, maybe even cut off the screw-on cover and the part it screws onto and inset the whole thing. Not sure how it would sound, but it would be a neat look anyway.

These hacked phones have been used in studios for decades.  Here's Joe Satriani singing through one...

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