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Wireless Mic to Guitar Hack

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Wireless guitars are great, without cables to trip on the life expectancy of an energetic guitarist is greatly increased.  However, they are expensive, way more expensive than wireless microphone systems.  In fact, if you're like me, you might happen to come into a wireless microphone system for free.  Using it for your guitar is a ultra-simple hack that almost anyone can do in less than an hour.  



 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Tools required:
  • Soldering iron
  • Wire strippers
  • Drill and 3/8" bit
  • 1/2" wrench
Materials required:
  • 1/4" guitar jack
  • Solder

Step 2: Disassemble

Before you rip into the mic, test that it works!  It could save headaches later.

Most of these mics just screw together to allow for the occasional cleaning.  Twist the top off and pull out the microphone-holding center piece.  Cut the wires as long as you can so that there is enough slack that the wires don't break when the microphone is screwed back together.  If there isn't enough you may need to extend them a few inches.



Step 3: Drilling The Top

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Using the 3/8" drill, drill a hole in the top of the microphone, through the mesh.  Using a drill press and vice is best for this, since it is likely to snag on the mesh.  Do be careful.

Once the hole is drilled, apply some tape around the inside, on the top of the mesh, and beneath.  Its likely that if the guitar jack makes electrical contact with the housing of the mic, it won't work properly.  I had this problem and I solved it with tape.


Step 4: Wire the Jack

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Strip the ends of the two old microphone wires and solder them to the lugs of the 1/4" guitar jack.  I guessed that the red one was signal and green one was ground, but I don't think it matters.  If there is an issue, try flipping the wires.

Step 5: Re-assembly

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Push the jack up into the microphone head and attach using the included washer and nut.  Tighten with the 1/2" wrench. 

Screw the head of the mic back onto the body.  Plug it in and test it out!
cdpoloz29 days ago

Hi, pretty awesome hack! Do you think it could work with low frequencies from a bass guitar?

mattthegamer463 (author)  cdpoloz29 days ago

Should be fine. It might be filtered to minimize frequencies at 60Hz and below though.

Ok! Hope to test it asap and I'll let you know, thanks!

jdelgadillo12 months ago
Is it possible to solder a capacitor or resistor to the jack then the wires so that you can use the guitar at full volume?
mattthegamer463 (author)  jdelgadillo12 months ago
You can add a resistor, but that would just be the same as turning the volume down, since your volume knob is just a resistor anyway, and it would be more permanent. You may want flexibility for different guitars and pickups.
idydstie4 months ago

could you put a resistor in series with the jack so that you could turn up your guitar without the signal distorting? Also, is a dynamic microphone an electret or a condenser?

mattthegamer463 (author)  idydstie4 months ago
I think possibly adding a load resistor would help reduce the voltage from the coils. Also, a dynamic mic is neither an electret or a condenser. Electrets are just a subset of condensers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microphone#Dynamic_microphone
DirtyMex2 years ago
wouldnt you be able to do the same thing with a guitar hero mic but instead of it being wireless wouldtnt you also be able to connect it to a computer per say?
mattthegamer463 (author)  DirtyMex2 years ago
Possibly. One thing is that it is important that the mic element is a condenser type, not an electret microphone element. Electrets have integrated amplifiers and require a DC offset voltage, meaning they will have a much higher voltage output than a guitar, and will put DC into your guitar coils which may not be good.

These problems can be solved with a small transistor amplifier circuit.

Also you would need a driver for your PC to be able to use the guitar hero mic on it.
do you know which kind the guitar hero mic is? thanks.
mattthegamer463 (author)  washburnhero1 year ago
Almost surely an electret. They are cheapest and used in 99% of microphone applications.
jensenr302 years ago
really neat!
i like it!

thanks for sharing!
yellowcouch2 years ago
My grandpa and i are actually doing the exact same thing right now.... I think even the same MIC's ... our problem is that lets say you want more than two MICs (i think the kit came with two mics and a receiver) if you bought 4 of these they use the same frequencies as each other and so one drowns out the other. Do you know of any fixes for that?
mattthegamer463 (author)  yellowcouch2 years ago
The system is basically just an AM radio and transmitter, so usually to modify the frequency you just open it up and bend an air-coil a bit to change the transmitter frequency, the problem is that the receiving coil must be bent in the exact same way to match, its a time consuming process. It could also end up ruining the mic or receiver if you can't ever get them to match up again.

Also that would require modifying the receiver so now you would need 2 receivers for 4 mics.
Elipsit2 years ago
Well done! With all of these great inventions under your belt you should start your own company!
mattthegamer463 (author)  Elipsit2 years ago
Yes I should. You are hired. 8 AM Monday.
That is an awesome way to make a wireless guitar. Totally original and simple, the marks of a great instructible.
mattthegamer463 (author)  cyberviper422 years ago
Thanks very much :)