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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)
potentiometer
pickup
all the parts and some guitar wiring tips can be found at http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electronics,_pickups.html
(not trying to endorse stewmac.com)
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).
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
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.
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
It isn't a pickup. It is a speaker. One could call it a makeshift microphone, but not a pickup. See this article: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/electric-guitar1.htm">http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/electric-guitar1.htm</a><br/>Your device would probably count as the second one.<br/>
yep, reverse engineering, the concept for speakers and pickups are the same.
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?
I'm missing something here. What does this have to do with ipods?
the body is made from the packaging of a ipod shuffle
That's awesome. Looks cool, easy, nice, cool again, you know, the awesomeness. Are you going to post an Instructable? That would be great!
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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