Introduction: Ipod Shuffle Packaging Electric Instrument

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This was my way of saying "hey I can wire a simple electric instrument"(proof of concept) and build something small and light weight. The components are a:
output jack(stereo)
all the parts and some guitar wiring tips can be found at,_pickups.html
(not trying to endorse
i picked up most of the parts at radio shack and from an old beat up violin a have. so if you really want to make one, do it. Then paint it funky colors, wire it with two pickups( I'm working on that one) build in a preamp basically do anything with it( except rape that is never acceptable).


mike patterson (author)2009-06-16

I like it!!---Read the heading and looked up at the shelf where the packaging from my shuffle was sitting. Gotta build one---an electric diddly bow!--Only thing I might suggest is a thicker piece of wood, two pieces glued together and an angled hole where the violin peg comes through, but that is all---great re-cycle

snowpenguin (author)2009-04-29

Wrong. A pickup used in an electric instrument like a guitar is not like the reverse of a speaker. A pickup picks up the fluctuations in its magnetic field that are generated by the vibration of the strings. A microphone, the reverse of a speaker, picks up the sound waves and generates a magnetic field making electricity. Completely different things here.

g-tech (author)snowpenguin2009-04-29

then why can it be used as a week pickup? the sound waves cause two magnetic plates in a microphone to vibrate causing a fluxuation in magnetic fields, like a pickup

snowpenguin (author)g-tech2009-04-29

It isn't a pickup. It is a speaker. One could call it a makeshift microphone, but not a pickup. See this article:
Your device would probably count as the second one.

g-tech (author)2009-01-10

yep, reverse engineering, the concept for speakers and pickups are the same.

Dencohe (author)2008-05-09

I was thinking about building this, but i have no clue what the pickup is or where to get a single string pickup. Could you possibly tell me what it is?

n0ukf (author)2008-03-12

I'm missing something here. What does this have to do with ipods?

g-tech (author)n0ukf2008-03-13

the body is made from the packaging of a ipod shuffle

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-25

That's awesome. Looks cool, easy, nice, cool again, you know, the awesomeness. Are you going to post an Instructable? That would be great!

g-tech (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-26

i think i will post an instructable some time soon. yea it was a really fun little project. also ill include some details on wiring because i had a lot of trouble finding information about that sorta thing.

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