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Piezo discs: bridge or sound board?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Oct 14, 2020. 3 Replies

I see some people embed piezo discs in the tail end of the neck under the bridge. Other folks attach them to the vibrating sound board. The bridge makes sense to me on one side, but it’s usually then…Continue

Cutting sound holes in pressboard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 11, 2019. 18 Replies

I bought a bunch of boxes the other day and it was only when I was using a spade bit to cut a sound hole in the top of one that I realized it was pressboard and not the plywood I expected.  The hole…Continue

Fret press anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Walter Feb 1, 2019. 22 Replies

In my reading, I've seen that many luthiers prefer to install their frets with a press instead of a hammer.  They go in more evenly, seat better, and are less prone to coming loose later.I've seen a…Continue

Bonding metal to the wood headstock, how would you do it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 7, 2018. 22 Replies

I'm building a ukulele for a friend.  I found this great little souvenir teaspoon.  I want to cut off and discard the bowl of the spoon, flatten what's left, and stick it to the middle of the…Continue

 

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Jan 22
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Piezo discs: bridge or sound board?
"Hi again Ducati, I should have also said that your assumption is correct, in that having the neck connected/touching the top will limit the output of the tops vibrations. But it depends on how well the top vibrated in the first place. Taff"
Oct 14, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Piezo discs: bridge or sound board?
"Hi, there are many builders that have experimented with piezo placement and each will have a position/location that worked best for them, in their instrument. Some use a piezo to improve the volume of their acoustic instrument, and others will also…"
Oct 14, 2020
BrianQ. replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Piezo discs: bridge or sound board?
"Here’s some reading on the subject, there’s a few other articles on the how & why of piezo’s there too? https://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/using-piezos-in-cigar-box-guitars-part-2-placement-mounting/"
Oct 14, 2020
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Piezo discs: bridge or sound board?

I see some people embed piezo discs in the tail end of the neck under the bridge. Other folks attach them to the vibrating sound board. The bridge makes sense to me on one side, but it’s usually then butted right against the neck and not free to vibrate which doesn’t make sense.I’m planning to build a few simple guitars with piezos soon so I’d appreciate your explanations and thoughts on where you locate them and why.Thanks,ScottySee More
Oct 13, 2020
Paul Craig replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Those rotary bits are the tools to have for this. If the booboo doesn't show up too much fine(It has Character) or you can get one of those pickup surrounds that Gitty sells."
Oct 11, 2019
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Looks good from my house. Nice job."
Oct 6, 2019
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"So I traced my pickup on the box top and went to work with my Dremel rotary saw bit. I cut the paper with a utility knife to help keep it clean. On low speed it cut nicely and was pretty easy to keep control once I got the feel for it.  I…"
Oct 6, 2019
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Yes, good work habits make all outcomes better.  "
Sep 7, 2019
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Very true my friend.  I guess this somewhat speaks to my bias here: I bought the boxes to have some quicker, easier builds than the last few where I built the boxes myself. As with many things in life, patience and persistence can always yield…"
Sep 7, 2019
robert jones replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Plywood tops can splinter too so the methods described by others are a good habit to get into using. I use painters tape and templates sized to fit each lid on both sides and score each design before cutting, leaving  virtually no tear out…"
Sep 7, 2019
Paul Craig replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Great idea Taff."
Sep 7, 2019
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Hi again, it all depends on the reasons different folks take up this creative pastime. Some to make money, some to have something cheap to play or as a gift for somebody, and some (like me) it's all of the above. Its a chance for me to keep the…"
Sep 5, 2019
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Way too much work.  Next time I’ll just buy better boxes!"
Sep 5, 2019
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
" Hi, I cut mine as described in this thread. Draw the outline rom a template of the desired hole shape, scribe with an exacto knife, drill suitable size holes at the junction of any two lines where they intersect [aids in turning the blade…"
Sep 4, 2019
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Then what was the point of buying the box? ;)  I build the boxes for many of my guitars but it's way easier and quicker to have a box to start with.  Also, I like the tops of a few of these boxes so I want that to be part of the…"
Sep 4, 2019

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