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Looking to make a Uke for my second build

Started by Nathan Christenson. Last reply by the anonymous pick Feb 7. 6 Replies

Greetings all, I built a 3 string cbg awhile ago but never actually learned to play it.During these last months (years?) of plague I ended up following my brother, father, aunt, and niece into…Continue

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First time builder, getting confused with what types of boxes are best

Started by Bob Leon. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Nov 27, 2020. 4 Replies

So I’ve got a thousand ideas, which my wife hates. The two questions that I’ve not been able to solve via google are very basic. A) What are the best types of boxes to use, I’ve just picked a 5 or 6…Continue

Hello from Virginia - N00B to CBG

Started by Bill Saunders. Last reply by Bill Saunders Nov 4, 2020. 2 Replies

Hello!. Name is Bill. Built my first CBG from a CB Gitty kit 2 months ago. Now working on learning to play the thing. Got interested after seeing Samantha Fish playing one in a music video.…Continue

First Build (almost) complete

Started by Grizzly Coleman. Last reply by Joe Caruso Aug 25, 2020. 1 Reply

Grizzly from VIC, AustraliaIt's been a long time coming but I've finally attempted my first build and it's probably turned out, and sounds better than expected, (although i wasn't expecting too much…Continue

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Comment by Paul Craig on Saturday
Welcome here Peter.
CBGitty has a bunch of pickups to choose from and they do great customer service.

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Comment by Peter Bryenton on April 8, 2021 at 7:24am

Hello folks

I'm new here. I have retired from professional life and am now simply enjoying the freedom to make, mend and build all sorts of crazy projects which please me.

I was given an empty wine box, so I made an acoustic three-string guitar with it. A friend suggested I add a pickup to it.

My main aim is to recycle and re-purpose wherever and whenever possible. You'll see how my weird head works if you take a look at my first post.

Cheers

Peter

Comment by the anonymous pick on March 12, 2021 at 7:07pm

Paul , Lol, Sorry if i put that vision in your head too long  ;-) 

Comment by Paul Craig on March 12, 2021 at 4:06pm

Anonymous Pick hahahahahaha

Comment by Tim Pannabecker on March 12, 2021 at 11:25am

Roy,

I agree with the comments you have received.  I like both the mag PU and Piezo PU so a often install both, but I use a potentiometer (volume knob) on each PU, usually install a psycho knob (Artec QDD).  This allows me to blend the output of each PU, with overdrive and/or distortion of my “tone” knob (Artec QDD), with clean play to OD and/or distortion.  Im not much of a musician but I like to experiment with sound and tone

Comment by the anonymous pick on March 11, 2021 at 9:54pm

Roy .. usually . a piezo   in overdrive sounds like pulling a cat through a keyhole , or 2 screaming skeletons  humping on a tin roof using a tin can for a condom .  Piezos in general do not like  overdrive or distortion .  BUT they can be tamed with an eQ box or  preamp  . They are pretty sensitive  to begin with and  can even pickup the hair on your arm  rubbing against the neck on a clean play  . etc . hence most folks try to tame them instead of  boost  its  sensitivity .  but . done right  it can handle some dirt and distortion .  this usually involves a preamp .  or   messing with your amp settings to find a sweet spot  that it likes . .Also most folks embed the piezo  in hot glue , then cover  it in  hot glue again  to tame  it  in most installations.   and the  sweet spot for mounting is usually by the bridge on the bass side . but best to use temp tape to try and find the sweet spot first .

(I assume we are talking disk piezos?)     Rod piezos are a  bit different story . 

hope that helps .  

Comment by Roy on March 11, 2021 at 5:38pm

Hello all !

I'm not new here..but have a simple question -

I have been building for the past 7 or so years.... always use magnetic pups. I want to experiment with piezo pups. but want to know how they react to pedal FX such as an overdrive pedal or distortion pedal. How are the piezos positioned in the box for best possible results and sound if I want to run an overdrive pedal

Thanks

Comment by Paul Craig on February 28, 2021 at 8:08pm

Welcome aboard. We have a few over UK members round abouts.

Comment by Dots on February 28, 2021 at 3:49am

Hello!  We are Nicki & Les from Manchester, UK.  Les has been making and playing cigar box guitar for 10 years, playing traditional blues.  Recently we have been trying to use it in our electronic music :-)

Comment by Uncle John on November 27, 2020 at 4:40pm

Ken, that surf music is doable on CBG.  Welcome.

 

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