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Piezo pup handling noise

Started this discussion. Last reply by François Feb 10. 13 Replies

I recently built a cigar box kalimba and used a round piezo attached with two-way tape to the soundboard prewired to a 500k pot and a jack.  It sounds great, but it has a lot of handling noise.…Continue

ignition coils as pickups???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Dec 19, 2019. 3 Replies

Has anyone ever tried using an automotive ignition coil as a pickup on a CBG???  Specifically the pics are of a coil out of a Volkswagen Routan (Dodge Caravan with a VW logo).  The plugin has two…Continue

Tags: ignition, wiring, coil, pup, pickup

Cases for CBG's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Rose Nov 17, 2019. 20 Replies

Where do y'all find cases for your CBG's?  I'm thinking maybe gun cases modified inside.Continue

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Homemade bottleneck slides

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Nov 6, 2019. 9 Replies

Does anyone here make their own glass slides?  I've made one successfully that I'm willing to stuff my finger into.  It ended up with one tiny crack that doesn't seem to come all the way to the…Continue

Tags: glass, bottleneck, slide

 

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François replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Piezos work on a totally different principle than magnetic pickups. The metal disk is coated with a special ceramic material. When a mechanical stress is applied to the disk, the two different materials generate a small electrical current. Check out…"
Feb 10
the anonymous pick replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"nope "
Feb 8
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Does a piezo need a string ground like a magnetic pup?  It sounds good and not making noise so I'm guess maybe not?"
Feb 8
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Man, after trying about 5 different spots and as many piezos, I think I finally found a spot that is a decent balance of tone and handling noise.  It's on the backside of the neck closer to the heel than the bridge. The tone is good and…"
Feb 2
Taffy Evans replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Hi Kevin, I imagine there is a difference. The piezoelectric I use on my CBG's cost a few dollars as single units, I can get packets of ten, and they are as you described unless I do sme creative thinking when installing them. However the units…"
Jan 27
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Piezos come in several sizes.  Is there a difference in sound or volume between a 20mm and 50mm piezo?  Doe size matter?"
Jan 24
the anonymous pick replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Pretty much the same . , but  rod piezos are a a step up in sound quality  for cbgs. ...  in my opinion . "
Jan 22
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Are there better quality piezos with less noise?  Or are they all pretty much the same?"
Jan 21
Cause the Blue rat replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
" so it doesnt sound like you are pulling a cat through a keyhole .  Now THAT made my day! :) Thanks Anonymous.  Watched hundreds of videos. Played on and heard hundreds of CBGs.  I can honestly say there's only been a small…"
Jan 19
the anonymous pick replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"In this case , the preamp lets you tone down the eq type settings manually , so it doesnt sound like you are pulling a cat through a keyhole . "
Jan 19
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Thanks guys.  I have a CBG I'm working on and I think I'm going to use a disk piezo.  The kalimba is very small so my hands are close to the piezo all the time.  I'm thinking it may not be as sensitive on a guitar, as…"
Jan 19
the anonymous pick replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Most folks tame the piezo sensitivity  by setting it in a bed of hot glue, then covering it in hot glue again.(but be sure you like the spot  it sits . it may be hard to remove without damage ). I have also seen folks encase the piezo in…"
Jan 19
Taffy Evans replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Hi Kevin, the disc style piezo works by picking up the wood vibrations, an so also picks up vibrations from any thing that excites the wood. On the other hand under saddle strip piezo's read the strings more due to their close contact with…"
Jan 19
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Piezo pup handling noise

I recently built a cigar box kalimba and used a round piezo attached with two-way tape to the soundboard prewired to a 500k pot and a jack.  It sounds great, but it has a lot of handling noise.  Everything I touch on the instrument is picked up by the piezo.  Is that normal?  I haven't used one on a CBG yet but may start.  I like mag pups but they hog a lot of space especially with neck-thru design.  Thanks.See More
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Tom T replied to Kevin Keating's discussion ignition coils as pickups???
"I spent a good bit of time thinking about this earlier this morning. I'm having a hard time seeing how a an automotive coil could function as a signal transfer device as a magnetic pickup does. A mag pickup functions by having a permanent…"
Dec 19, 2019

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