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Want to plug that thing in? Here's a place to share ideas about pickups (Both magnetic and piezo) and wiring in volume and tone control, the best options in output jacks, and more!

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Added the CB Gitty “Psycho Knob”

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

I just finished a 3 string. I added the “psycho Knob” from CB Gitty. when I try to get amplification, the PK must be on the pass through mode or in other words, no distortion or effects.  It should…Continue

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

Ready to start my next build and going through the planning stage at the moment. I’m trying to use up spare parts I already have rather than buying more stuff. Got to keep costs down.Here’s the…Continue

Wiring CB Gitty Black Ice Single Coil

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

Hello everyone, I had bought a Black Ice single coil from CB Gitty, (Not the black cube capacitor from Stewmac). I noticed it came with 3 wires; Red, White and Bare.  Last time I saw this kind of…Continue

Minimal effect from volume or tone pot

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

 I've just completed my third build (second with electronics) and have a problem., Both units have a mini humbucker pickup, volume and tone pots, both 500's. The first one I did had a 22 cap and,…Continue

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Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on August 5, 2016 at 9:43am

Hi Bear, here's a couple of pictures of how I build my piezo pickups.  I use a piece of 1/4" oak or poplar leftover from the boards I buy for my fingerboards (don't fret my builds) and make a 1/8" pocket with a forstner bit on the back side. I stick the piezos in place with clear silicone sealer and after it sets up fill the pocket with clear silicone. Put a hole through the top of the box to run the wires through and just let the strings hold it in place. I generally file s groove in the top side to keep the bridge bolt on place, but if you would rather mount a single piezo on the inside of the box under the bridge area you can make it the same way or pot a single piezo into a bottle cap, fill the bottle cap to the top and stick it to the inside of the box with the silicone. or double back tape if you want to be able to move it around to try different locations.  Experiment, it's fun and the piezos are cheap to play with. 

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 5, 2016 at 3:39am

I don't pretend to understand half of why what you say really is as you say but I don't doubt the truth of it. I'm not able, so far, to tell the difference by ear but I know the sounds I like. I've only really used piezos in my builds and I have discovered after buying an electric cbg that there is life beyond piezos. Not saying piezos are bad at all. I've yet to successfully pot a disc and have it sound decent though. The ones with piezo that I've bought sound great. I tried a build with a humbucker but had no end of issues when I messed with it to fix the volume knob that wasn't working because the pot was twisting with the knob. I can't even get the humbucker to work now. All in all to say I believe you that sometimes we're just following a crowd, paying for a brand, buying it because we are told it's better. No harm in trying something different though. There are unexpected pleasant surprises in doing so sometimes. It's a balance. 

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 4, 2016 at 11:15pm

You're one of these folks with good ears Wayfinder. I can tell the sound difference between an acoustic and an electric guitar but all electric guitars sound the same to me. Different pickups are all same sound too. Sure I can hear hum in single coils sometimes but I can't tell this one sounds like a strat or that one sounds like a sg. I'm definitely not saying there is no difference, just that I must be half deaf haha.

Well, I have another reason to thank you. After looking at the digitech rp55 (saw a couple of rp50 units on ebay uk too) I've decided to get either one of those or the zoom g1on and a separate Boss RC1 looper. More time for my loops and more options to save loops. I'm probably going to need a preamp for the acoustic guitar if I buy a rp55 but they're only around £30. I'll still let you know how I get on with the pedals. I'm looking forward to playing with them. Thanks again for all the help and advice. Really appreciate it. Cheers pal. :)

Comment by Paul Craig on August 4, 2016 at 9:38pm

The line 6 Pod is fantastic, but a bit costly.

And Way, you might like the Line 6 guitars.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 4, 2016 at 3:41pm

Not sure what a guitar modeler is but I hope you find one. I'm interested in a multi effects pedal for the effects, naturally, but also for a first experience of a looper. Never used one before. The Zoom G3 only offefs a 40-second looper but it will give me some experience of using one. The drum sounds are good too but I'm not over fussed with it. I did see that either the mooer ge100 or the NUX mg 100 gives 180 seconds, I can't remember which one right now, but the effects seemed geared towards rock and heavy rock rather than blues. I'm happy with the G3 and will make do with the 40-second looper for now too. I'll have a look in to the effects pedal you mentioned now. Always willing to look at other options. Thanks. 

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 4, 2016 at 2:51pm

Thanks Wayfinder and Paul too. I'm very well suited to the diy instrument building in that I'm always cash strapped so wherever and whenever possible I have to do things cost effectively. Cheap but quality is my aim. As important as it is to save money that also means avoiding false economies. No poiny buying something cheap to only be disatisfied and have to buy something else to replace cheap and useless. Research is a massive allie so with having looked for a while and ascertained what will give me the sound that I particularly want I'm going to buy the Zoom G3. If the two weeks comes around and I have enough to pay for it that is. I'll let you know what it's like and aim to do a video of it. Thanks again for all the help. It's hugely appreciated. 

Comment by Paul Craig on August 4, 2016 at 2:37pm

Multi effect pedals usually have one good effect bunched with a couple that are so-so, but a so-so effect can be better than no effect.

Back in the day, DOD made a multi-effect pedal that was awesome. Called a Multiplay. It had their American Metal Distortion and their Delay combined. If you ever find one, grab it and you'll be very happy you did. Mine got stolen, been looking for another one ever since.

CBGitty is now selling an onboard distortion/overdrive effect and those usually work good. You'll need to have a place in your git for a 9volt battery though.

Stewmac sells a "BlackIce" effect that replaces your tone cap in your guitar(or you can wire it to a switch with your existing cap) that does a distortion/overdrive effect without a battery for 20 bucks. It worked good in my guitar, they recommend 250k tone pot, but mine worked good with a 500k pot.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 4, 2016 at 1:10pm

Thanks again Wayfinder. I'm probably going to buy a multi effects pedal in a couple of weeks then try the guitars I've got with and without a preamp effect on them. As long as choosing the wrong setting, or trying each setting as the case will be, won't fry the pedal then I'm happy doing things that way. You've helped loads. Thanks again. 

Comment by Dave Lynas on August 4, 2016 at 11:57am
Great info Wayfinder. Good to know.
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 4, 2016 at 10:25am

Thanks for explaining Wayfinder. I didn't know that some magnetic pickups benefit from a preamp too. My electric guitar has a single coil pickup. It's small and ever so slightly curved but otherwise resembles a flat lipstick pickup. No idea what kind of pickup it is but hope I explained it well enough. I'll definitely put a pickup feature on the piezo electro acoustic and try the preamp on the magnetic pickup too. Glad I asked for multiple reasons now. Very helpful. Thanks.

 

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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?

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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

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

Creackle from Volume and Tone pots

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

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Output method

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by Holly Hodson Oct 23, 2017. 2 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

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Psycho knob

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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

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Wiring A Dual Rail Pickup into A Cbg

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Buzz or maybe humm

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unbalanced pickups

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