Electric lyre harp

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  1. LightningPhil

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    This fits nicely into the off topic forum.

    Just electrified a lyre harp to keep the daughter entertained. Took ages and still missing a back cover.

    Mods include:
    • Adding a dual rail pickup and enclosed jack
      • Mini humbucker chosen as aiming at clean sound and not wanting to have to shield the inside of the body
      • Tops ground flat as no curve across strings
    • 3 holes in body
      • Jack
      • Pickup
      • Pickup install and soldering hole in back
    • Pickup wire added on top of bridge and by string holes
      • Wires can't dig in wood
      • Better tuning stability and much better sustain
    • Shorter bridge
      • Took ages to sand
      • Puts strings nearer pickup
      • Glues in place to improve tuning stability (slid about before)
      • Really, it took ages to sand. Damn hard wood!
    • Better strings
      • 2 inexpensive sets of 9's used for the following pattern:
      • 9, 9, 11, 11, 16, 16, 24, 24, 32, 32
      • Tuned in C major from A3 to C5
    Even the other half who plays a proper harp was impressed with the sound. I think the largest improvement was in super-gluing the bridge in place and having better tuning. The daughter likes it with lots of volume and wildly chaotic amounts of delays and reverb stacked together. She's quite keen on using a wah pedal with it too. Don't think it can be called music, but at least it was in tune :)

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  2. tubelectron

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    Nice ! Your daughter must be happy... :cool:

    -tbln
     
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  3. WingedWords

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    Superb! A chum has done something similar with a thumb piano (kalimba) through his pedal board to help keep his 4 year old amused.
     
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    Interesting instrument, it sound quite cool. Fast-forward to 1.36.

     
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    That is really cool. Innovative way to keep her happy
     
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  6. LightningPhil

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    Shall show her that thanks!
     
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    Wow! Never seen one of those before, they look great. Looks like you did a pro job on it too. Nice one!
     
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  8. LightningPhil

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    Must be a forgiving camera lens ;)
     
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