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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Sep 10, 2018. 20 Replies

What kind of magnetic pickup should I use, if any, to be able to get clean tones out of my little 1 - 3w cb amps?Continue

2 channel amps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Aug 11, 2018. 7 Replies

What are the practical effects of running a mono input into a 2 channel amp and taking the output from just one channel?Continue

speaker connection

Started this discussion. Last reply by wes carl Aug 12, 2018. 13 Replies

If there is no indication on the speaker, no +/- and the lugs are identical, is there a way to tell + and -, or does it not matter?Continue

speaker placement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Williams Jul 31, 2018. 4 Replies

I'm building a tiny amp in which the 2 speakers will fire out opposite sides. In order to fit, the magnets of the speakers will be in very close proximity, essentially touching in fact. Problem?Continue

 

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Paul Craig replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"That's the string nodes(vibration at different point position of the string length) I was talking about. Your correct in the way you explained it.  Higher output for the bridge area - lower output for the neck area for best results. High…"
Sep 10, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Don't shut up, it all gives me more stuff to think about."
Sep 6, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Hi, thanks for the explanation Paul. I remember suggesting, what you have just put so well, in an earlier post about pickup positioning. I mentioned that pickups are often labelled neck middle and bridge for the reason you mention above.  But…"
Sep 6, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"When it comes to position, it's usually about the tone. Neck for more Bass, middle for more Midrange and bridge for more Treble. You are correct for moving the pickup towards the bridge for less output. A Fender Strat will usually have a 5k…"
Sep 6, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Been thinking of trying lipstick. Also, is it reasonable to assume that, all else equal, about any pickup will produce less distortion in the bridge, rather than the neck position?"
Sep 5, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Some pickups offered on sites will list a DCR which is a level of resistance the coil will read. It's not an accurate gauge of a pickup's output, but it can give you an idea. Original Lipstick Tube single coil pickups had a 3k ohm DCR and…"
Sep 5, 2018
Korrigan replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"MGB has 2K humbuckers."
Sep 3, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"I'm pretty new to messing with electronics. Just looking for pickups which will work best with low power cigar box amps."
Sep 3, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Low power pickups?..............I think I have a drawer full of the them, maybe15 or so.  A customer of mine buys those knock off Chinese guitars for $350au, from China, and he swaps the pickups and he gives me the originals, I also have a…"
Sep 3, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"What is the lowest power mag pickup among those sold here?"
Sep 3, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"I have a 386 Ruby Amp with Gain pot on pins 1 & 8, it's able to get good cleans when I want them, but I'm using a 5 & 1/2" speaker from a 10 watt guitar practice amp. Small speakers will be overdriven easier. So if your…"
Sep 3, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Disconnect pins 1 & 8 if they’re connected you’ll get less distortion, but a variance in volume.(lm386)"
Sep 2, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"I have a Katana Mini which works just fine. I'm just still learning as I go along about these little low power amps I'm having so much fun with."
Sep 2, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"Fun amp you’ve got there, maybe try finding a 10w practice amp, it won’t start to distort until you really turn it up. They’re usually pretty cheap in used stores?Generally 0.5-7watt amps distort no matter what, I’ve got a…"
Sep 2, 2018
Lonman replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"yes, very cool amp there"
Sep 2, 2018
Joe Williams replied to Joe Williams's discussion pickups
"I have a little Katana to play with when needed, but the cool factor will never compare with this: Anyway, not a big problem, just learning more about my toys as I go along."
Sep 2, 2018

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