#1
Kind of new to modding. I wanna wire LED's into my pickguard. Nothing fancy. I just dont know if i can just wire it straight into the circuit or do I need some kind of resistor.

Opinions or feedback much obliged.
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Last edited by Andybren8690 at Jun 30, 2009,
#3
I did that a few months ago. The cool part about circuits with lights is that you don't need to add any additional components, besides a battery and a switch, However, if you do add components, you will have different lighting effects. Resistors may dim or brighten the light, badly soldered joints will also affect your light acting as a kind of resistor. A potentiometer would be really cool actually, you could dial the brightness in.
#5
No, there is no power source. Same reason why you cant just plug headphones into your guitar's output jack. i put leds on my pickguard by building a simple circuit with a battery, a switch, and a strip of leds. I put the battery where my tremolo springs are on the back of my guitar and i ran the cable to where the pickups were. Drilled a hole for the switch and put the leds next to the bridge with the cables coming out from the side of a humbucker.

You must build a circuit seperate from your guitars.
#7
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But could I just wire the leds into the actual guitar's circuitry?


Sure, but they won't do anything unless something goes very very wrong with your amp; and then those LEDs would be the last thing you ever saw :-(

Unless you have a guitar with active electronics--then you could tap off that battery; but you'd be changing batteries more often.
#8
Okay, so if I used a 9volt for eight or nine LED's would I need a resistors and how long would you estimate the battery life?
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#10
There are different kinds of LEDs that require different amounts of power. But for the general purpose of LEDs, a 9volt will power as many as you need for a long while(your not leaving the lights on all day are you? lol).
#12
first off, stop bumping your thread. second off, ive answered this many times. you can do a search to find the different ways that myself and others have come with to do this. my ideas are a bit unconventional (but should work) so look at how others have done it as well.