All the guitar players (and not only them) sooner or later are trying to make the video clip of their own.
Either for the Youtube so just for fun.
And nowadays the smartphone cameras have such a quality that you might prefer to use it instead of the price video cam.
You can even make a full HD recording using the majority of the modern smartphones.
Now, the first question: “Why to make your own tripod when you can by a cheap one on eBay?”
Well, and what if you already bought something cheap on eBay and it didn’t work?
So, here’s the story.
1. Rotating Car Air Vent Mount Holder.
Car Air Vent Mount Holder
I bought this one on the eBay.ca just for $4.
I wanted to replace my old heavy Tomcat GPS.
But it has turned that way that to the moment of the delivery I had to change my car. Which has the GPS on board.
Therefore, this holder was not needed any more.
It’s been for a while since I’ve started to buy things on eBay for my guitar projects.
I can not claim that everything what I look for has the best price over there.
For example, some electrical parts: potentiometers, knobs, piezo transducers and other stuff I can find at the local electrical store much cheaper than anywhere else.
Another consideration. I don’t buy any tools on eBay anymore. Yes, they are cheap. But it’s mostly a garbage and waste of your money.
With a little exception. A caliper. See in my list below.
Another limitation. I live in Canada. Our customs limit for the tax free parcels is $20. Otherwise you pay not only the sale taxes but also the brokerage fees.
But we are talking about self made hobby instruments. Right? So it should not be a big problem. Just keep this in mind and consult with your customs regulations if you are not in Canada.
So here is what I usually buy on eBay without any problems:
Single Coil PickupIt will cost you between $3 and $4. Usually takes up to 3 weeks to deliver but the shipping is free. Not very good quality but overall quality is OK. Plus I always do the shielding which helps a lot with the buzzing sound elimination
Every time I check how people find my site on the Internet I always check the most popular keywords.
And in most of cases the winner was this one: “wiring for cigar box guitar stomp box”.
Or something similar.
Funny, but looks like people are mostly interested in building the stomp boxes rather then cigar box guitars.
And after a small research I’ve learned the following thing: mixed terminology.
Most of these visitors were actually looking for the EFFECTS stomp boxes.
And what I have on my site it’s FOOT DRUM stomp boxes!
Nevertheless, some of those visitors are REALLY looking for the DIY foot drum stomp boxes.
I have 2 items of this type:
- Piezo Stomp Box – my first stomp box ever.
- P-Bass Stomp Box – the stomp box equipped with the Precision Bass pickups.
And while the first one doesn’t have too much in terms of wiring the P-Bass one does.
I didn’t event something special here.
As you can guess I’ve just found the wiring diagram for the p-Bass guitar on the Net.
For those of you who are not familiar with the electronic diagrams I’ve got very nice drawing at: buzzardsbass.com
Here you go:
The good thing about this drawing is that you just learn it carefully and solder the parts according to it.
You will need:
- capacitor – 0.047mF
- 2 potentiometers – 250Ko
- 1/4″ standard audio jack
- the wires to solder
That’s all that’s it.
As for the p-Bass pickups I’ve bought the pre-wired set on eBay for about 4$-5$.
Let me know if you have any questions about it.
And the best of luck!
For more details on the cigarbox stomp box itself visit the P-Bass Stomp Box pag itself.
Recently I started some sort of cleaning in my basement.
I have collected too many electronic devices which are obsolete. Telephones, CD players etc.
And TONS of power supplies!
Much more then the devices. Because when some device gets broken and I just put it into recycling bin. But I ALWAYS keep the power supply having the idea it might be re-used with any other device or somehow… That never had happened.
Now I’ve find some parts of the power supplies can be re-used. The coils of wire inside the transformers can be very good for the magnetic pickups.
But that’s another story.
As for now, I want to share my another invention. DIY Harp Mic.
I often see the harp players with those “green, blue etc. bullets”.
They (bullets microphones of course) look really antique. Despite the fact it’s just a re-build.
So I started thinking about making something similar but from the stuff which collects the dust in my basement.
Long story short. More
I know, I know. It’s not a real instrument.
- It’s a lot of fun for me personally.
– When you take a stick and an old string, and some magnet and few meters of wire… and you make it sound like a hell. Well, that’s fun!
- You can do a lot of quick and dirty tests and experiments and you always learn what is the best for you from it.
– Originally I was using the regular piezo element from the buzzer as many CBG folks do. But apart from the CBG I just can’t really shield it inside Diddley Bow. As you can guess – a lot of the feedback noise. So I decided to upgrade it with my new discovery: magnetic pickup made from the old broken headphones and the sewing bobbin.
- And finally it’s a well known tool among blues stars. Check this out:
So, why not to give a try?
Cigar Box Guitars, Projects
This is about another “leftover” project.
Time by time, while shopping for the cigar boxes I collect the small boxes if they are nice looking and free (my favourite price).
I also had 3 tuning pegs and a 2′ poplar plank which left from the 6′ plank used in P-Bass Cigar Box Project
It’s not enough for another cigar box guitar. Mostly about the small sizes. So I decided to build something small. Ukulele. Cigar Box Ukulele. That’s how I named it.
Firstly I just have put all those three components together. And here’s what I’ve got.
And I still have a very strange feeling that I should of been stopped at this step.
I even know now why. But that’s later.
So I had proceeded making it electric. At the same time I was experimenting with DIY CBG pickup.
As a result, here’s how the instrument face looks like:
Looks quite busy. Right?
And the worst of all is the ugly hole for the pickups.
There was a reason behind this issue. Originally I was going to make the pickups from the ferromagnetic buttons that you may find in many of the fridge magnets. But they are weaker and bigger in size. So I’ve ended up with the neodimium magnets from the old broken headsets. Read this for more details…
And that’s what making me think that I’d better left this ukulele just an acoustic thing.
It’s been almost a year ago when I claimed that my “Amigo” travel guitar goes on the wall.
I was not impressed about its tuning ability and too high action.
I still think it has these problems.
But recently I have read a small post at some blog that the guy uses it as a lap style guitar and it worked for him pretty good.
Moreover, the high action turns from minus to plus in this case.
Well, I tried and it worked for me too!
Cigar Box Guitars
Here is my way to make Cigar Box guitars pickups.
1. Get a sewing bobbing.
You are lucky if you have a sewing machine at home.
That means that you should have plenty of small bobbing around it. Or inside it.
The worst case scenario (which is my case) you may buy them by $1 for a half-dozen in Walmart.
It was my already quite old dream: to have and try a mandolin.
As a common hobby player collector I could not let myself to buy a brand new instrument just to give it a try.
So, I started to dig the CraigList and Kijiji in a hope that someone may want to get rid of his mandolin which is just collecting the dust in some cabinet.
Especial gain in such hunt is if someone gives it away for free. No luck. While I know it’s possible.
Now. Slowly. My wife and me went from our good friend Allan’s place deep in the woods north of Lachute, Quebec.
It was around 11pm. Dark as it can be in the woods. The road was running through the wooden hills. Time by time we were riding through he small summer time communities. “Mandolin!”, – my wife suddenly noticed? “What mandolin?” – I asked.
“There’s a mandolin upon the recycling bin on the side of the drive way we just passed.”, she responded. I was too curious just to ignore it. A mandolin? In the woods? At 11pm? Upon the recycle been? Sounded way too mystical.
So I stopped and backed up. There was a nice looking while way too dusty mandolin upon the bin!
No wonder, I picked it up.
Later, at home the ugly truth came out. Of course, the neck has a crack. But still, it can be glued and fixed.
I believe it’s a cheap Korean brand “Tradition” with serial # M405. Have no idea what is it.
here it is. I had to remove the rusty old string to return the neck to it original position.
Here it is cleaned up and unstrung.
First of all. It’s not about most common well known piezo transducer. And well, I’m not sure that it’s not another “most common” thing. But I was curious if it is possible to find the source for building a MAGNETIC pickup. Because all CBG fans know about the drawbacks of the DIY piezo pickups.
What is magnetic pickup consist of? Right, its a magnet and a a wire coiled around it. So I had to find: (1) a source for magnets and (2) a source of copper wire or (3) both. And of course the main goal is to get it FREE! It’s everyone’s favourite price, right?
Do you know anyone who works in the call center or some customer support department?
If yes, then ask them what they usually do with the broken headphones.
I’m sure that you can easily convince them to give it to you instead of just throwing away.
NEXT STEP: Crash them! But carefully. Inside each of two head sets you will find … Right, there’s a magnet with the copper coil around it.
It is covered with some sort of plastic membrane. I remove it. It serves to produce the actual sound in the earphone. We don’t need it.
Because if we leave it the pickup will act almost the same way as the piezo pickup: the membrane and not only the metal string itself will produce the waves which will be converted to the electrical signal.
Just trust me you will not be happy with the resulting sound.
Tip. When you cut off the membrane fix the coil around the magnet with scotch. Otherwise it will be easily displaced.
The fastest way to test the “earphone” pickup is to put it into didley bow.
We just need to solder the 1/4″ jack to the pickup and fix it on something.
So, you can see the “electric part” ready for installation on the following image.
Stay tuned to know what came out of this experiment and if it was a success. The Part 2 with the demo video will be posted shortly.