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UkEdman90
10-17-2008, 09:37 AM
Hey has anyone tired to make there own piezo pickup? i want to make one just for heck of it just to see what it sounds like was just wondering if anyone here has made one of their own...

If so let me know how it went thx!

Ukuleleblues
10-17-2008, 12:30 PM
Hey has anyone tired to make there own piezo pickup? i want to make one just for heck of it just to see what it sounds like was just wondering if anyone here has made one of their own...

If so let me know how it went thx!


I sure would like to read that post, never thought of making one, but they look real simple.

UkEdman90
10-17-2008, 02:02 PM
ok so i made one!!!

was waaaaaaay easy haha just a lil soldering and had to take a trip 2 radioshack but all in all cost around 9 bux to make.

i was waaaaay surprised by the one i made and i mean waaaay surprised!

right now i have it taped to my uke. i know thats ghetto but it works great. compared it to my friends applause with a shadow pickup and can't tell any difference! awesome ill post a pic in a lil while

mhh
10-17-2008, 03:23 PM
how did you make it? I wouldn't mind making one myself, but I don't quite know how.

UkEdman90
10-18-2008, 10:34 AM
how did you make it? I wouldn't mind making one myself, but I don't quite know how.

send me a pm and ille let u know how. do you know how to solder?

UkEdman90
10-20-2008, 08:50 AM
ok so got enough pm's for this heres instructions

!!!First know how to solder!!!

-second your gona want three diff. colors of wire. preferably 16-18 g (thats the size)

-next choose the type of 1/4 audio jack connector you want
* either one where you have to drill a hole in your uke like this one:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search
or a jack like this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search
( i opted for the second one because i didnt want to drill a hole in my baby!)

Get a Piezo Element 1500-3000Hz like this
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

ok now to make it all happen

1. First carefully pry or cut off the plastic on the element. I used a cutoff wheel
2. once you have the Piezo element out solder the Your HOT wire to the copper rim of the disc
3. next take the remaining two wires and twist together and solder as one whole wire to the whit part of the dis. (make sure its close to the edge)
4. Once all soldered braid the three wires together and cut at about one foot.
5. Once all ends are spliced solder your HOT wire to the small little tabs coming off of the audio jack
6. next solder the remaining two wires to the remaining two tabs. each wires gets its won tab.
7. cut a small amount of cork or medium density foam and hot glue it to the bottom of the piezo disc.

thats pretty much it for the one i made keep in mind when i want to hook up to an amp i just use some good old scotch tape and tape it directly to the sound board. make sure you tape the piezo disc down solid to ensure a good connection to the wood.

If you want permanently use this type of pickup then use the first audio jack mentioned and drill a 3/8 hole where you want to mount it. then permanently tape the element under the bridge.

sry if its a little unclear let me if u have n e more questions thx

-Don

Guting
10-20-2008, 09:16 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2009

sounds good with some eqing.

UkEdman90
10-20-2008, 10:05 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2009

sounds good with some eqing.

yeah i no haha pretty good lil pickup for temporary use untill i get a nice under saddle one