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Peizo's and capacitors.

Started this discussion. Last reply by White Raven Feb 22. 22 Replies

I am wondering if adding a capacitor like an orange drop to a simple piezo circuit will help with the tone?  I am working with an antique box, and I wan't to keep it simple. Just a piezo wired to a…Continue

string buzz

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Nov 21, 2015. 2 Replies

I have a new problem with an old reliable cbg. I built this resonator in the spring. excellent in every way. all of a sudden it has string buzz at the bridge. the bridge is made from the end of the…Continue

Exploring Chord shapes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lazylefteye Jul 27, 2015. 10 Replies

I have enjoyed searching around the site and reading posts about Chord Shapes. Lots of good, clear advice and diagrams. But I have not been able to find the chord shape for Bm with 4 string open G…Continue

Volumn pots

Started this discussion. Last reply by White Raven Jun 29, 2015. 4 Replies

I'm installing a pre wire mag pickup and just noticed a little tab on the pot that sticks up. With the tab in place I can't install it flush to the box. Can I safely cut it off?

 

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White Raven replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"I wondered about whether it would short the jack, electricity follows the path of least resistance. I'm not very patient as an experimenter, but I might still go down this road a bit further. It would be easy to just pot the hell out of the…"
Feb 22
Taffy Evans replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Hi yes I use that set up. I'm not an electronics person, but I suspect that is a treble bypass system on the volume pot. It allows the high frequencies to be heard at low volumes. The resister allows some of the other lower frequencies through…"
Feb 21
François replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"For the heat sink, just use a pair of needle nose pliers with a rubber band wrapped around the handle."
Feb 21
Paul Craig replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Ted Crocker came up with this scheme for piezo's. I've been interested in trying it, but haven't done so yet."
Feb 21
François replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Most multimeters don't verify for capacitance, just resistance, continuity, power and amps. For the price of a capacitor, just change it and see. There will be a difference between a capacitor that is mounted in parallel (as in on the jack) and…"
Feb 21
White Raven replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"definitely possible. i will have to pick up a heat sink and a multimeter. then learn how to use it."
Feb 21
White Raven replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"great advice. thanks. they might have been crap capacitors, I dont have a multimeter or know how to use one, so checking them might be a challenge. As for damaging them when soldering, I never thought of that. I didn't use a heat sink."
Feb 21
Taffy Evans replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Hi WR, if you want to keep it simple, I recon use the tone control on the amp, that way you have variable control of treble frequencies. Mounting the piezo element as suggested on here by others will give a more pleasing sound from the guitar.…"
Feb 20
Jerry Jordan replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Sounds like you had a bad cap. It was acting like a short circuit. I would try several other caps. A multimeter should help troubleshoot the problem."
Feb 20
White Raven replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Well, I made up a couple of piezo's direct wired to a jack and soldered a. 022 cap from the positive to the negative lugs. Good news is, there is absolutely no hum, buzz or feedback. Bad news is there is absolutely no sound. I tried both my…"
Feb 20
Paul Craig replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"It helps to cover the top of the round piezo to cut out feedback. I usually attach the piezo on 2 layers of double sided tape, then put a layer across the top. That kills all feedback in that senario. Magnetic pickups usually have feedback problems…"
Feb 20
Taffy Evans replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Got ya, so with the cap fitted you can bring the volume up to the same level  as before the cap was fitted and not get or get reduced feed back. Taff"
Feb 19
Taffy Evans replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Hi, doesn't lowering the volume normally reduce feedback? Taff"
Feb 19
Lonman replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"I have done the trick with putting a low unit capacitor to the jack as described by Gitty and Glenn. I like the results and it is my preferred method when I use a piezo."
Feb 16
François replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Also putting it in series will still be different. You should make a wire with a piezo, a jack and some alligator clips to do some tests. You'll be surprised at how much a small or larger cap can change the sound."
Feb 15
Michael O. Sedore replied to White Raven's discussion Peizo's and capacitors.
"Easy way to mount piezo discs:  Lay down a circular bed of hot melt glue, allow to cool, place piezo on top and seal down the edges with more hot-melt. Minimizes extraneous surface noise."
Feb 15

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
after finding an old cigar box in a junk store in the Kootenays, I was searching for something to do with it. Found CBN and I was amazed.
How many instruments have you built so far?
3. Working on 4 more
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
They are a unique Art form when you create them, and then the music created with them is another form of art. It is also unique. Few people do this.

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At 2:04pm on December 18, 2015, Peter Bulback said…
Hi White Raven. Thanks for the nice words. The edging on the headstock is simply a trim from a $ store plastic 3 ring binder. It's glued on and adds a little touch. I always varathane on top of any glue-ons for durability.
At 9:40am on November 25, 2015, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Those licence plate guitars have a sound hole in the side.

By the way that black resonator 3-2 of your is beautiful

At 11:19pm on April 12, 2015, Ken Vickets said…
Oh yeah...still building.....taking a bit of a break for carving competitions but still trying some new Stuff!!
At 11:11pm on April 12, 2015, Ken Vickets said…
Thanks for the friend request dave!
At 10:58pm on January 3, 2015, White Raven said…

I'm back.

 Now with the right email address, and the wrong profile pic. Well....its a start. 

First project of the year is to fix the neck angle on builds 1 and 2. Then on to builds 3,4 and 5. 

 
 
 

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