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Tin Can Alley (tin builds)

Group dedicated to instruments made from cookie tins, bean cans, biscuit tins, gas cans, metal lunch boxes..... come help us build and play them!See More
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Laurence Manly replied to Laurence Manly's discussion Combining 2 piezos and a mag pickup - wiring.
"Thanks for all the advice. Yes I had hoped the volume would be mainly to balance the mag with the piezos. I fear I may have just ruined this built about an hour ago. Cutting away a notch on the neck inside the box, for the mag pickup, may have…"
Matthew Orifice replied to Wayfinder's discussion How to Build an Induction Pickup
"thanks SO much for this, i've been building instruments i"m calling Viola Chittara ( guitar tuned fretted viols) and i've been fighting the universe for a magnetic pickup solution of the solid bodies, and this is the best explanation…"
Ted Crocker replied to Laurence Manly's discussion Combining 2 piezos and a mag pickup - wiring.
"Hi Laurence, I made that wiring diagram for a member who requested it that way.  I actually like your way better.  I'd wire the volume pot between the mag pup and the 3 way switch.  I've done it with 2 volumes but, like…"
Laurence Manly posted a discussion

Combining 2 piezos and a mag pickup - wiring.

Hello all,First time here, and I found the place while searching for wiring diagrams.Found one by Ted Crocker, that lead me here.I'm currently making my fifth stringed box and this is the first where I'll have a magnetic pick up.There'll also be two…See More
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1880's Old Time Blues

-------------------1880's to 1930's Cigar Box Guitar Music & Old Time BluesTo hear 3 and 4 string Cigar-Box music and recordingsvisit the website…
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We're creating cigar box guitars, diddley bows, ukes, banjos, canjos, kalimbas, mandolins, fiddles, dulcimers, washtub basses, stompers, drums, flutes and all types of instruments, noisemakers & amps in our shops, garages and on kitchen tables using everyday objects. Join the Handmade Music Clubhouse Orchestra...


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    Thanks Randy!

    Original hand carved art by Randy S Bretz crafted as a shopwarming gift for the new Crocker Guitars location. Randy makes awesome instruments, bone slides, noters, picks and hand carved art pieces. See more on his page.

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