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12-27-2010 11:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar maple

So I have a 1’ by 9” piece of Spanish Cedar with Curly Maple on top left over from an electric guitar project. I have been trying to decide what to do with it and I was thinking of making another instrument out of it. The question I face is what kind of instrument to make and how to make it. I was thinking of making an electric violin (even though I’ve never played violin). I think it would be a fun project. The only problem is, I’m not sure how the pickups/wiring would work. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a built in bridge pickup so the other option is to put in piezoelectric electric transducers. However I’ve never used these before and I’m not sure how well they work or where to put them. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 01:00 AM

Violin pickups are usually a contact piezo transducer adhered to the
bridge. Basic violin pickups are super-cheap, probably a few bucks on
Ebay. You may want to build a pre-amp into the body of the

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