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Electric Pickup on an acoustic?

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Domigan_Lefty  
22 Aug 2010 16:47 | Quote
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I found my Single coil I took out of my electric, and was wondering if i could connect an input jack and use it in my acoustic guitar? If so could it still handle distortion?
future_god_of_the_axe  
22 Aug 2010 23:51 | Quote
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I did that same exact thing! I took my single coil and did a direct line to the output jack(No volume/tone knobs). It sounds great both clean and distorted, sounds just like a hollow body when distorted (just watch out for the feed-back). My ONLY problem is that there is A LOT of buzz because there is no ground. but if you have a noise gate or one of these babies(http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nady-HE-1-Hum-Eliminator-180014-i1170919.gc) you'll be fine.
Domigan_Lefty  
23 Aug 2010 16:32 | Quote
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how can i ground it?
i cant afford any more fx (noise) pedals.

Isnt ground a piece of metal?
future_god_of_the_axe  
23 Aug 2010 21:15 | Quote
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well on almost all guitars, the ground is YOU! thats why pretty much all guitars have their ground wire soldered to the metal bridge, which comes in contact to the strings, which comes in contact with your hands, making you the ground. the only problem with our project is that acoustics have plastic bridges. but this thread got me interested in what i can do about this. so i tinkered for several hours until i came up with the picture below. i wrapped my plastic bridge piece in aluminum foil and ran a wire underneath it that comes from the ground wire. it actually worked out very nicely. doesn't look TOO bad either. i also added a wiring diagram to help you out. just ignore the volume pot. the ground wire forks to the bridge and output jack.
future_god_of_the_axe  
23 Aug 2010 21:15 | Quote
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future_god_of_the_axe  
23 Aug 2010 21:35 | Quote
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just another side note: the ground wire can be any one of those two wires, it doesn't matter, just don't mix them up or let them touch.
future_god_of_the_axe  
24 Aug 2010 00:37 | Quote
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just so the'res no confusion^
Domigan_Lefty  
24 Aug 2010 14:35 | Quote
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one more thing.
Ive seen some two way on/off switches at walmart. Would that work for when its plugged in, but im not touching it to ground it? AkA kill the connection and hum?
future_god_of_the_axe  
24 Aug 2010 18:03 | Quote
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To be honest, I don't have any experience with that. Anything i say would just be a guess. But i did find this for you, and it should help.




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