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magnetic PU for electric cello

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ZolkoW, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    a soundclip... sorry for the terrible playing, I'm not a cellist :)

    I prefer the sound very much over any home-grown piezo system I've been experiencing.
    your opinions?

    oh, it's a self-made solid-body (stick-like :)) EC, fretted.

  2. stevetx19


    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    holy cow

    this has been a project ive wanted to start for a long time...
    are you using a standard bow or did you make one? what about the strings?
  3. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    I'm not very proud of it YET, becouse it's not completely finished... but YOU asked for it! :D
    I going to make some up-to-date photos...

    anyway - are there any electric cello/pickup soundclips available on the net? I'va found some DB pickup testimonials, but not much cello-related.

    oh, and the answers: a cheap, but standard cello bow. normal (cheap :)) cello strings, normal CGDA tuning. I absolutely can't get used to it after bass and guitar!

    edit: here's an older pic: http://basszusmuhely.hu/lapozgat.php?konyvtar=proj_cs2b&db=63&melyik=62
  4. DanielM


    Jan 6, 2007
    have you fretted the neck? or are they just markers?

    it sounds neat though. I've been pondering making one for a bit now so I can practice my cello in silence not disturbing the people I live with... could you maybe post some build pics with explanations?
  5. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    actually I have documented the process, but the text is in hungarian...:rolleyes:

    ask, and I try to answer it here!

    part one: http://www.basszusmuhely.hu/proj_cs2.php
    part two: http://www.basszusmuhely.hu/proj_cs2b.php

    yes, it's fretted. its a second try to build an electric cello, completely new design (I one can call this a "design" :-D )

    the older one: kep_csello1.

    I had several attempts to make a good-sounding piezo pickup from buzzers, but it always failed at bowing.. I think, I'm going with the magnetic now.

    it looks terrible, I know, but it's a prototype... well, it's a pre-prototype.
    made of a high-current relay's coil + a small neodymium magnet on the lower end.

  6. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    well, I accidentally found this good old topic..
    I think, it's time to share the new sample with the new pickup.

    the "instrument" is a fretted cello-stick, the same as in the old sample.
    new one with light reverb and mid-boost: http://basszusmuhely.hu/hangminta/csello2fx.mp3
    same record, dry signal: http://basszusmuhely.hu/hangminta/csello2dry.mp3
    and some pizz: http://basszusmuhely.hu/hangminta/csello2penget.mp3

    (both the cello and the pickup are prototypes, it's a V E R Y slow developing project, even slower than my bass buildings.)

    the pickup is made by a friend, who knows much more about (bass) pickups, I just told him the requirements. and it's his first cello pickup, too. :)
  7. JtheJazzMan


    Apr 10, 2006
    Its interesting you went with magnetic pickups for arco work.

    I never could use them on the double bass because the bow focuses the vibrations on the wrong axis for the pickup. Hence you end up with lots of string scratch but not a lot of fundamental string frequency.

    Something like a Fishman Full Circle is a good pickup for this application. You just need to find a suitable bridge to mount the adjuster in.
  8. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    no piezo, thanks :)
    the lower fundamental is because of the lack of the body, I guess.
    nothing's wrong with magnetic + arco, more with my arco "technique" ;-)

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