Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2
Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2? Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.
If you are struggling with wiring your guitar..
and are going a bit further than a piezo connected to a jack, Artec have some really handy documentation on their site. Not piezo-specific, but worth a look i…
Build your own custom pickups
Erick Coleman needed a pickup like a good old Gibson P-90, but sized to fit a 3-string cigar box guitar! Here's how he built it, and how you can build yourself a custom pickup for any instrument.