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Pickups & Wiring

There are many ways to amplify your instrument and many options to wire your circuit. Lets discuss types of magnetic pickups, piezo transducers, speakers as input, microphone elements and experimental techniques. Also post links to supplies, tips on winding and general info on the different types of circuits.

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Magnets for pick ups

Started by rick harris. Last reply by rick harris Oct 1, 2014. 4 Replies

As I have recently stared doing my homework on pick up building I wanted to start with the types of magnets used well as I can see this topic will take a lot of time so I thought I would try to save…Continue

Making a flat thin pickup??

Started by Greg Bement May 20, 2014. 0 Replies

My current build is going to need a thin 6 string pickup.  I'm wondering if anyone here has made their own pickup.. My last build I use piezo pickups but looking for a little better sound without…Continue

magnetic pup 101 questions

Started by Mark Ayers. Last reply by Arnold Kelly Apr 26, 2014. 23 Replies

What is the basic build concept for a mag pup? how do you determine how many winds to use?how does more or less winds affect the sound?can you build one to emphisize a certian range; ie boost bass,…Continue

Complex (?) wiring struggle

Started by Roosterman. Last reply by Roosterman Mar 21, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi guys,Iv wrangled with this on my own for far too long now, so Im hoping one of you wiring genii can solve it!Im building a guitar for a chap (its a hybrid 4 string SG type thing) - he has provided…Continue

Tags: sg, help, diagram, rooster, pickups

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Comment by Roosterman on January 22, 2010 at 4:43am
Yes, still a lot to learn in this department. Great group Ted :o)
Comment by Richard Parsons on January 24, 2010 at 1:31pm
I am a newby when it comes to instrument electronics. I have been reading about piezo type pickups. I built my second CBD and put one of Ted's piezo pickups in it. My question is; what is the best way to install a piezo?? I have seen the whole Radio Shack style just glued in and have read instructions on how to remove the piezo element and install it.
Comment by chris ekelman on February 1, 2010 at 2:18pm
hi y'all. trying to learn all this good stuff.
Comment by Frank Paul Finecey on February 9, 2010 at 8:36pm
I'm having about 50% success at soldering lead wires onto bare piezos. Getting a good connection on the outside, metal rim has not been an issue. The connection to the ceramic section is the problem area. I've tried it with and without scraping off the ceramic with mixed results. Even when I smear some paste flux on the area I get failed connections. The solder seems to flow and not ball up but sometimes it just does not stick. Any suggestions?
Comment by Ted Crocker on February 9, 2010 at 9:18pm
Fin, I have no problem anymore. I buy piezos in bulk and usually presolder them all then put them away for another day when I'll solder the wires on. What I do is put a small blob on the tip of my iron and then touch it to the ceramic for a second or 2, leaving the blob to set, same with the outer ring.

When I do come back to solder the leads I first tin the wire, put a blob on the tip, place the wire on the existing solder on the piezo and quickly touch the solder on the tip to the wire. It melts the solder on the piezo and I get a great connection every time - takes about a second or 2.

Once the weather gets warmer I plan to do a soldering tutorial video.
Comment by jim on February 10, 2010 at 12:31am
yes, fin, what ted said, good way if doing it. Its possible your over heating it, that conductive material on the ceramic comes loose with too much heat.
Comment by Frank Paul Finecey on February 13, 2010 at 6:22pm
Thanks Ted, Jim. I took some of the blank piezos I bought in that bulk 800 disk batch I ordered and it worked like a champ. I was five for five. Doing the dabs of solder first and then coming back later to apply the leads really speeds things up. Hope ya don't mind if I pass your technique on to the folks in the Cigar Box Builders Group that bought some of the blank disks from me.

Cheers, FIN
Comment by Christopher Call on March 9, 2010 at 1:35pm
I have been building and repairing electric guitars for some time now. So I have a bit more knowledge on the workings of the components. However I have never tried to make a PUP but I am VERY interested in playing around! I hope this group takes off soon or I will explode! LOL
Comment by c# merle on March 12, 2010 at 11:27am
any you guys got any advise on

how to wire this switch to a dual humbucker / piezo with 2 volume pots? cheers
Comment by Ted Crocker on March 12, 2010 at 12:23pm
Merle, it looks like a Gibson style 3 way switch. Can you get a pic looking at the bottom? I might already have a wiring diagram posted, if not I'll make up one for you.

I just wired up something similar - 2 Stonehenge pups with volume & tone for each with a 3 way switch plus a piwezo with volume and an on/off switch.


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