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proctor.sm
10-28-2011, 05:41 AM
Hi guys, I'm trying to build my own electric tenor ukulele at school, and I'm finding it impossible to source the electronics. I want to build a hard
bodied ukulele, so a pickup to amp design wouldn't work. I've seen people modifying guitar electronics, but I have no idea where to start, please
help?!?!?!?!
Avidly waiting for replies, :drool:
Sam

poppy
10-28-2011, 06:25 AM
Best bet is an undersaddle pickup with a pre-amp. Won't come cheap.
http://mi-si.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/align.manual_1.pdf
this is misi's version requires some router work and drilling,
fishman makes at least one and i'm sure there are others, all will require batteries except the misi.

Brad Bordessa
10-28-2011, 09:07 AM
Are you trying to make an 'ukulele with steel strings and magnetic pickups or normal strings and a UST/SBT pickup?

Nixon
10-28-2011, 09:43 AM
My old buildlog should help you along a bit http://www.ukulelecosmos.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21295

PhilUSAFRet
10-28-2011, 01:48 PM
Check here;

http://sjryder.com/pickups.htm

http://www.harrisonguitarpickups.com/items_for_sale.htm

A lot cheaper: http://www.amazon.com/Cigar-Box-Guitar-Parts-Single-Coil/dp/B004XZMKTC

poppy
10-28-2011, 05:45 PM
Check here;

http://sjryder.com/pickups.htm

http://www.harrisonguitarpickups.com/items_for_sale.htm

A lot cheaper: http://www.amazon.com/Cigar-Box-Guitar-Parts-Single-Coil/dp/B004XZMKTC

Careful these are all steel string pickups

proctor.sm
10-29-2011, 01:09 AM
Thanks so much guys, you don't know how helpful you have been, I'm
going for steel string so the magnetic pickup idea would be for be :)

proctor.sm
10-29-2011, 08:53 AM
I'm planning to use a humbucker, does anybody have any ideas on which one to buy?? Also, any other electronics that I will need... sorry for being such an amateur! If anybody has any pictures on the wiring stages of their build? as this is the stage that I have no idea to do... :(
Thanks

Brad Bordessa
10-29-2011, 02:03 PM
As far as I know there are no pre-made magnetic 'ukulele pickups, let alone a humbucker one. You might be able to make a mando pickup work depending on the width/output: http://sjryder.com/pickups.htm. Or you could wind your own: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Music_p004.shtml.

What kind of wired setup do you want to have when it's finished? A volume control? Volume and tone control? You could probably get away with just a pickup and a jack, but if you went that far you might as well add at least a volume knob. Do a google image search for "pickup wiring diagram" and you'll have all kinds of material to work with. BTW, do you know how to solder? You might want to get a soldering iron and practice a bit while you wait for/build your pickup.

proctor.sm
10-30-2011, 01:15 AM
Thanks, but using a Mandolin pickup, would this not change the tone a
lot? And yes, I can solder. I think that I'm going to buy a ready made
pickup.

proctor.sm
10-30-2011, 01:26 AM
What kind of wired setup do you want to have when it's finished? A volume control? Volume and tone control? You could probably get away with just a pickup and a jack, but if you went that far you might as well add at least a volume knob. Do a google image search for "pickup wiring diagram" and you'll have all kinds of material to work with. BTW, do you know how to solder? You might want to get a soldering iron and practice a bit while you wait for/build your pickup.

I would like to have a volume and tone control when I've finished.

proctor.sm
10-30-2011, 01:42 AM
http://www.almuse.co.uk/mandolin_pickups_sc.html
The "Urbashi GU8" is the one that I'm looking at...

Brad Bordessa
10-30-2011, 09:54 AM
Thanks, but using a Mandolin pickup, would this not change the tone a
lot? And yes, I can solder. I think that I'm going to buy a ready made
pickup.

I have no idea if it will change the tone. It's kind of an unexplored area you're in right here! Hopefully an electric mando guy can pipe in.


I would like to have a volume and tone control when I've finished.

Try this maybe: http://www.guitarnucleus.com/wiring.html

Jon Moody
10-31-2011, 01:02 AM
Thanks, but using a Mandolin pickup, would this not change the tone a
lot? And yes, I can solder. I think that I'm going to buy a ready made
pickup.

I wouldn't think it would make a huge difference. Tonally, the mando and uke are roughly in the same area, so if the mando pickup was spun specifically for that instrument, it might sound a little different than a pickup spun for a uke. The instrument is going to have much more weight on how it sounds than the pickup will.

But I wouldn't worry; most of those electric pickups that people are selling look to be half of a P-Bass pickup anyway, and people get good results out of that.

kissing
10-31-2011, 04:03 AM
Thanks, but using a Mandolin pickup, would this not change the tone a
lot? And yes, I can solder. I think that I'm going to buy a ready made
pickup.

That begs the question, "change the tone.. from what?"

proctor.sm
11-01-2011, 05:25 AM
Hi, I think that the tone will be fine... I'm going to go ahead with a cheap pickup that I have found as it's my first attempt.
http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Belcat-BT-100-Tele-Neck-Pickup/B7C
I've found some decent wiring diagrams on Seymour Duncan...
Thanks :)

proctor.sm
11-01-2011, 06:28 AM
I've worked out that if I use a railed pickup it will be better
http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Belcat-BHS-94-Single-Blade-Humbucker-Pickup/B7D
And to save time, found this!
http://www.axesrus.com/axeWiringTele.htm
But on wiring diagrams, I'm not 100% sure on what I'm actually wiring up, so specifying the diagram that I want is quite difficult! any ideas? :o