“DIY” Android Tripod

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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

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.
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Things I Buy on eBay for Making Guitars

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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 pickup
    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

 

 
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Cigar Box Stomp Box Wiring

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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:

  1. Piezo Stomp Box – my first stomp box ever.
  2. 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:

P-Bass wiring diagram

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.

DIY Harp Mic.

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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.
Until now.
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.
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Diddley Bow.

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I know, I know. It’s not a real instrument.
But:

  1. 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! 🙂
  2. 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.
  3. And finally it’s a well known tool among blues stars. Check this out:

So, why not to give a try?
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