Who Hates Empty Battery Cavities?

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  1. slaveunit

    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    I DO!!!!!
    Sometimes I get guitars with active pickups but I'll want to switch them out with passives of some sort. The first thing is take notice that if you are getting EMGs in it from the factory that you may not have a ground wire to the bridge. So what does that mean? It means that unless you don't care about hum then you will have to drill a hole from the cavity to the bridge. Then take the bridge bushings out and run a wire into the hole that they reside in.

    On the other hand if you one with active Duncans such as blackouts, you probably will have the hole. Charvel brand active pickups will also have the hole from the factory.

    The next thing for me is that I HATE having that empty battery cavity. Some guitars have them, some just have the battery in the electronics cavity (which is great if you plan on switching to passives). So I was thinking of something to do with it. I thought hmmm pedals take batteries. Hmmm I build pedals. I have a Woodrow Delux 60 pedal that I really like. It was a pretty simple build with only one volume knob. I can make that knob a trimpot and put it on the veroboard itself and adjust it where I want it for this specific guitar. Then just leave it.

    So that's what I did. I took my Charvel DC2. I put in a set of Duncan Distortions. Then I built the Lovepedal Delux 60 circuit with an onboard trimpot. I wired it onto a push/pull pot. When I pull it up it engages the circuit (pedal) after the volume on the guitar...just like it's a pedal in the chain. I think Magnavox or some Sears brand used to do this back in the day as well. Maybe someone like Adad who knows more about those types of guitars can enlighten me/us.

    So with the already hot pickups, this has become and a very versitail guitar. On a clean channel with the boost it was turn it into a really nice breakup. With a blues setting it can add more hair. Just lots of different things to play with. On a metal type channel the boost becomes too much but actaully sounds good while you are playing. Once you stop it has a lot of noise and feeds back like crazy. Maybe with the trimpot set a bit lower this would work well like a boost would to fill out the sound. But with a lower wattage 1-5w head it can get it more into metal territory without running the gain all the up.

    This little demo came out really poorly. The boosted clean clips the mic. It really does add that much umph with how I have circuit set. I can lower it at anytime with the trimpot inside. Its still a fine tuning WIP. It cost me $4-$5 tops to add a $150 dollar pedal to a guitar. :)

    Sounds in this order:
    The first 4 are on the clean channel of a Bugera 333XL
    The 5th is on the lead channel

    bridge pickup - no boost
    neck pickup - no boost
    bridge pickup - boost engaged
    neck pickup - boost engaged
    bridge pickup - no boost


    The in progress/testing pic:
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    The guitar after it was completed...nothing exciting...I know:
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    Kepp in mind these are "metal" pickups as well.
     
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    zisme Well-Known Member

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    madness!

    i like
     
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    To quote Cristopher Walken on SNL. You can put your weed in there.
     
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    Also keep in mind that you don't need a battery cavity to put an onboard effect into your guitar. You just need space for a 9v and the circuit.
     
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    The 9v for my Tele just sits inside the control cavity on some foam, no additional hole required.
     
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    I guess that would be the opposite of a boost right? :)
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Sweet project, I will listen to the clips later. I need to find a remove suck circuit and put it in my guitar. It would probably have to be nuclear powered though. No room for that.
     
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    Most people keep their weed in there. With mini switches and push pull or dual ring pots you can put a pedal onboard and keep the controls too.
     
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to stay away from mini switches and drilling holes in the body. A dual ring pot is a great idea though.
     
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    I thought this was going to be a post about empty calories and tooth decay at first.
     
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    Goods job.
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Finally listened to the clips. Pretty impressive mod for 5 bucks.
     
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    Woodrow Delux 60 should have read Lovepedal Delux 60. Two years later isnt too late to fix typos is it?
     
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    Nice boost - very even. Sounds the same only louder, which is what a great boost does!
     
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    It was Adam Sandler on SNL that did the skit, wasn't it?

    Did Walken also do it?
     

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