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simple newbie question: wire pickup directly to output jack

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by WrayGun, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. WrayGun

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    Well, the subject pretty much says it all: I'm thinking of wiring a stock Mexican Tele neck pickup straight to an output jack and throwing the whole mess into an old cheapo acoustic archtop that I'm using for slide.

    So, my questions are: will it work without volume/tone controls? There will just be a hot wire and a ground wire, right? Any reason not to do it? I'll be using it mostly for recording.
     
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    >So, my questions are: will it work without volume/tone controls? There will just be a hot wire and a ground wire, right? Any reason not to do it? I'll be using it mostly for recording. <

    Yep that will work just like you're planning it.
     
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    OK, one more stupid question: Just to confirm what I think, the the ground is the black lead and the white is the hot lead, right?
     
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    Yep. Give it a try and see what it does! You can always add controls later if you choose.
     
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    RIGHT ON !! 100%


    Ya know what I like about stupid questions ?

    They are easy to answer !!! :p


    Let us know how you make out.

    Happy Holidays
     
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    Thanks everyone! I now have a good holiday project to keep me off the streets. Merry Holidays to all of you :)
     
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    it works!

    Well, I put it all together after dinner this evening, and much to my surprise, it works really well! See photos below of my incredible craftsmanship.

    It does have a fairly noticeable single-coil buzz though. Think shielding around the bottom of the pickup, where the windings are exposed, would help?

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    Add a good volume pedal and you just mat have something sweet . Merry Christmas to you and your Airedales !
     
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    ??

    The output jack thing has 3 soddering posts (i dont know what its called) and two of them are for the wiring from the pickup. Right? so the last one is for no use when we attach the pickup directly to the output jack?
     
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    Three solder lugs usually indicates either a switching jack, or a balanced jack. If using just the single pickup, then you'd just use whichever two contacts are going to be touching the proper parts of the plug when it's inserted - and usually with a balanced jack, that can mean either of the sleeve contacts as well as the tip contact.

    I don' t know if that made any sense, but welcome!

    ...And Bad Porc, that looks great! I'm jealous!
     
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    im thinking of using a Piezo Transducer and solder that to a jack output. would that work?

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    YAY for thread hijack! anyways, yes, you can use a piezo transducer as a pickup. You need pretty good contact to sound good with one of those.
     
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    ok. thanks
     
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    but if I want to remove a pickup from a strat. which pickup are the easiest one to remove?
     
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    whichever one you get to first as you dissassemble the guitar!
     
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    ok
     
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    you'll want to take out the coin, the actual piezo sandwich in there and super glue it to the top. Probably on the inside would look neater :eek:
     
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    well that did'nt work. if you want to see the pictures just add me on facebook and see the pictures under album: meck meck.

    my name: Simen Grøneng Johansen
     
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