Cheap Acoustic Guitar Pickups or Microphones!

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Intro: Cheap Acoustic Guitar Pickups or Microphones!

Hi,this is my first instructable,and I'm not form England,so i don't have very good english :D
In this instructable i will show you how to build a cheap acoustic guitar microphones...
You need:
1.Headphone speaker
2.Wires
3.6,3 or 3,5 Jack
4.Tape

Final in Image

Step 1: Getting the Speakers...

You need to get headphone speaker...You can just open your old headphones...How you get out that speakers,that's diffrent...Get your speaker out carefully don't break the membrane...

Step 2: Installing Microphones

If you have a speaker like the image in last page,you can place it like me(watch the image 1)
But if you have a small headphone speaker,you can place it like the second picture...
The most important is to put the speakers to the Guitar Body,because it will feel the vibrations from the strings...

Step 3: Wiring the Microphones

Now you need to get the wires to the microphones,Ok you can drill the hole in the guitar body or improvise what you can do,the guitar isn't mine,so I put the wires on the guitar body...You can use direct wire to the microphone if you using one of that,but i used both,so i needed to put the wires together!

Step 4: Installing Jack Connector

It's simply,you can use mono jack,but if you don't have it,use stereo,but,is one thing to need to remember if you use stereo jack - You need to use only L channel!!!
In image my finished jack connector...

Step 5: Finishing

Now you need to finish your work,you need to strengthen the wires with the tape,and rechecking all!
Now you can connect your guitar with PC or amp,if you want,you can download a Guitar Rig and enable efects,then feel like on a eletric guitar :D

Here's a Native - Instruments Guitar Rig

Thanks to reading this :)
Sorry for my bad english...
Comment and recomend something :)
I hope you like this instructable :)

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    CloudV

    9 months ago

    For a volume knob I would suggest a rheostat wired between one of the connections as if you were wiring a switch. However, I would personally suggest using a speaker with an outlet because it usually amplifies signals that would be traditionally small, such as from an mp3 device or a phone. They usually have volume meters on them. Using a hand wired rheostat would probably give bad sound quality.

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    LittleBassist

    1 year ago

    How do you add a volume and tone knob?

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    LittleBassist

    1 year ago

    How can i add a volume and tone knob to it?

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    Phoghat

    4 years ago on Introduction

    you have prfetty good English, no need to appologize

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    ekoaksie

    6 years ago on Step 5

    nice. you don't have bad English at all.

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    bcook-2

    7 years ago on Introduction

    It also works if you just put the headphones on the box of guitar instead of your head and just plug into amp or microphone jack on stereo. Bc

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    skwoorl

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I tried this out with almost every option and variable that I had available, from headphone speakers to telephone parts to an old, but tested today, cb mic, and no luck. Could I still be missing something?

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    ski4jesus

    8 years ago on Step 5

    great job, i always wondered if you could use just a regular speaker and reverse it and everyone i know said it cant be done, so you just proved their theory wrong, so great job! i will try this as soon as i get a chance!

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    Glockenator

    8 years ago on Step 5

    dude, the only step where your english got a little bit bad was in step 1 where you said that speakers. other than that, it was perfect

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    fariedh

    8 years ago on Step 5

    Very good intructable, i like it.

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    GV14982

    9 years ago on Step 3

    I found it easiest to just take a headphone (or even a small iPod speaker, thats what I did) and run the positive lead on the speaker to the negative port a 1/4" jack, and vice-versa.

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    rattyrain

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Would this work well on an acoustic instrument like a melodica?

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    DjProToJeeX

    10 years ago on Step 3

    this step 3 needs a little work. but i learned how to do this in school with a old speaker of this kind. so nice job and its a good idea.

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    DjProToJeeXDjProToJeeX

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    also note that for drummers this is a great thing to do for your bass drums. to save a microphone if you have extra tom's or something that would benefit more.