"Piezo will pick up any vibrations, you could use nylon strings or weedwhacker cord. I usually use light gauge because I am afraid the tins aren't built for the stress of heavier gauge. I have come to use electric strings on everything, Keeps…"
"I don't know if this will be of any real help. Looks like a switch I got off a old tele type guitar. I fit only flicks 3 positions, you might only be able to work with two pups. If 5 positions, then a strat type with three pups. You can…"
"I have done one that way, because I didn't have the thick wood and not skilled at routing holes. You can also use a circular saw to carefully cut a groove to run the wires from the pickup to the controls, on the back of the front piece. I…"
"Rad Shax 73-73 piezos are the ones everybody cites, but they can sound really metallic on metal, they are also really hot and I had a problem with feedback. I still think they are great and cheap and easy to get but you gotta work with 'em.…"
"I guess this site is pretty big, cuz I didn't know about this group. I don't have any cigar boxes, but I can always get my hands on cans or tins. I make and play mostly lap steel guitars. I'm afraid the arthritis is slowing down my…"
Hi Rick, welcome to the Clubhouse! Nice looking laps.
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