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Output method

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker May 13. 4 Replies

It was suggested to me that one of my designs might benefit from a built in speaker, so I had a couple of questions about how to go about it.For starters, I was thinking about breaking apart and…Continue

Copper foil tape as shield.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne May 2. 5 Replies

Trying to "hum-proof" my latest build and read somewhere that the jack output leads should be shielded. Can't get shielded cable so am considering wrapping the wires with copper foil tape. I imagine…Continue

Why have a switch?

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 12. 3 Replies

Up to now I've done all my own soldering etc but recently I've been looking on-line at pre-wired harnesses.   Almost all of them include a toggle switch.   Why would you need one with just one volume…Continue

Problem with second-hand amp.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Apr 2. 5 Replies

 Hi All,I have a query about an amplifier I have just acquired, a second hand Roland Cube X20 . It’s in really good condition and all it’s features work fine but when I plug in the jack, before it’s…Continue

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Comment by Habanera Hal on August 12, 2017 at 4:06pm

Been away so long I hardly knew the place......

Recently I built a four stringer on commission for an old buddy of mine.  Finished it off, TESTED IT on my 1/2 watt battery-powered amp and it seemed fine so I sent it off.  When he got it, he plugged it in to his pro amp and whenever he turned the tone control up it, it buzzed and hummed like a bitch!

I used two single coil pickups with a pre-wired Telecaster control plate (three-way switch, volume and tone controls), I grounded the strings/bridge with copper foil, then to the control plate.  What's causing the hum?

Comment by Rick Ganey on March 14, 2017 at 5:13pm

I just ordered the Psycho Box, will I have any trouble putting it together. Any tricky wiring I need to know about or does it come pre-wired. Thanks

Comment by Paul Craig on September 20, 2016 at 2:14pm

Goggle Telecaster wiring schematic for whatever pickups you have.

Comment by Cigarbox Guy on September 20, 2016 at 11:53am

Any wiring diagrams for the C B Gitty item 50-077-01 pickup selector with volume, tone, and 3 way switch? 

Comment by Dave Lynas on August 6, 2016 at 5:52pm
Thanks Paul. I do sand the area I will solder to. And use plenty of flux.
Comment by Fomhorach on August 6, 2016 at 12:01pm

I used a couple of layers of foam filled double sided tape, right onto the inside side wall.

Comment by Paul Craig on August 6, 2016 at 11:53am

Dennis U - I think most people attach their piezo to the resonator(inside of the bowl) with silicone or double sided tape rather than attached to wood and then attached to the bowl. You'll get less resonator influence with the wood block method. Just depends on what tone your after.

If want to use the wood block method, then the block will need a flat area to attach to or you'll need to make the block curved to fit the bowl. Silicone may not hold for long, I would use a couple drops of superglue so you can remove it later if you need to.

Comment by Paul Craig on August 6, 2016 at 11:39am

The soldering thing can be tricky, Both the wire and pot need to be clean and the protective coating removed from the area to be soldered on the pot. Sandpaper works fine.

The are on the pot does need to be heated for the solder to stick good enough, so I always use the side instead of the back so as not to damage the pot. Your soldered joint shouldn't have a balled up mess look to it( a cold solder joint), it should have a even flow puddle look to it. Always tug at the wire after it cools to make sure it's done.

Comment by Denis U on August 6, 2016 at 11:37am

I really like Duck's method for piezos and it seems like the more I know, the more questions I have. I am thinking about making a resonator using hand made box and a stainless steel dog bowl like this one

I'm thinking about using a biscuit bridge with the piezos in the base as Duck described. If I put a thin layer of silicone on the base of the bridge, will that interfere with the resonating that I hope the bowl will give me? That  leads me on to wonder where the sound comes from. If I make the the top of the box thicker than I'd expect to find on an standard cigar box, will that cut the acoustic sound, or is the sound going to be produced by the bowl to such an extent that the bowl produces overcome the wood thickness?

Comment by Paul Craig on August 6, 2016 at 11:28am

Fomhorach - You'll want to wire the piezo's in parallel. They are high impedance pickups, so wiring them in series makes it worse.

 

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Output method

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker May 13. 4 Replies

Copper foil tape as shield.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne May 2. 5 Replies

Why have a switch?

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 12. 3 Replies

Problem with second-hand amp.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Apr 2. 5 Replies

Added the CB Gitty “Psycho Knob”

Started by Tim Pannabecker. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 8. 16 Replies

Lipstick pickup and Telecaster neck pickup. What goes where?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 1. 12 Replies

Wiring CB Gitty Black Ice Single Coil

Started by ILL GREEN. Last reply by ILL GREEN Jan 9. 5 Replies

Minimal effect from volume or tone pot

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 21, 2018. 9 Replies

Problem posting discussion

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 17, 2018. 2 Replies

Creackle from Volume and Tone pots

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Nov 27, 2018. 3 Replies

Vol, tone, 3 way toggle and 2 single coils?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 25, 2018. 20 Replies

two picksups - both or separate

Started by Reynhard Boegl. Last reply by Reynhard Boegl Sep 27, 2017. 8 Replies

Psycho knob

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by bizzaro guitaro Sep 19, 2017. 4 Replies

Psycho knob install

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by bizzaro guitaro Sep 19, 2017. 13 Replies

Psycho knob

Started by bizzaro guitaro Sep 18, 2017. 0 Replies

I cheated and bought a solderless wiring harness. Naughty boy!

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Aug 18, 2017. 46 Replies

Capacitor

Started by Rose Ericson. Last reply by Rose Ericson Jul 8, 2017. 2 Replies

Wiring A Dual Rail Pickup into A Cbg

Started by Philip Hale. Last reply by Paul Craig Jun 2, 2017. 5 Replies

Buzz or maybe humm

Started by Rose Ericson. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 12, 2017. 8 Replies

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