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Yes, definetely!!!
27 44%
I like it but I am not sure if it is going to work...
20 33%
No it is the worst idea i ever heard!!!
20 33%
i have no idea what you are talking about!??
14 23%
Voters: 61.
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#1
Hi everyone! I am taking this class at my High School, it is called EDD - Engineering Design and Development. For this class we need to come up with some kind of a project that in the end of a school it will be or will not be approved.

Well my idea was to build a guitar with adjustable pickups. my teacher does not want me to go with that idea; may be because he does not understand anything in music, or may be he is right. He asked me to collect some kind of data that will prove that my project is justifiable and will find use in musical industry!

If anybody knows anything about my idea or wants me to explain it in more details please ask me to. And if you think that my idea might work please aprove it on the forum or here.

Thank you for taking your time in reading my letter. I am seeing to contact with you any time!
#2
what do you mean adjustable pickups? pickups already are adjustable so how do you mean it?
#4
I have an idea! Maybe add a knob, you know, that adjusts volume. You could also add one that cuts out treble frequencies. Maybe you could even add screws with springs, so you can raise and lower the pickups!

I'm joking. All sarcasm aside, explain?
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#5
i know that by placing pickups to the different spots it produces different sounds. so what i want i to put pickups on a special platform that would slide from the end of neck to the bridge...
#7
Quote by Nikita22
i know that by placing pickups to the different spots it produces different sounds. so what i want i to put pickups on a special platform that would slide from the end of neck to the bridge...

It's equivalent to have two or three pickups and use a pickup selector.

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#8
sorry and than you for replying so quickly! but unfortunately i have to go to bed now. i have to wake up tommorow at six. talk to you later!
#9
Quote by Nikita22
i know that by placing pickups to the different spots it produces different sounds. so what i want i to put pickups on a special platform that would slide from the end of neck to the bridge...

That seems like a good idea if you have one pickup and a way that it can easily be switched. Maybe if it has a little handle that will slide it along from one position to another during a song. Since where it is has a huge impact on the sound it would be cool.
#10
Quote by stradivari310
It's equivalent to have two or three pickups and use a pickup selector.

not really each small movement will change the sound
#12
Quote by Nikita22
i know that by placing pickups to the different spots it produces different sounds. so what i want i to put pickups on a special platform that would slide from the end of neck to the bridge...

Oh, I know what you're talking about. I don't know if a guitar like that exists or not but I've always liked that idea. I've always wanted to take like the dan armstrong idea, an interchangeable pickup, but make it so that it could be moved to different positions,...I think you should go for it.
#13
just go bootsy collins style and use 5 single coils with a selector
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#14
Thats actually already been done before on old Icemans I'm pretty sure. You don't see it around anymore because well... It wasn't a popular idea...

So it probably wouldn't be a good idea. But if he knows nothing about it then you could go ahead and do it and get a good grade which is what you really want right?

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#15
Quote by stradivari310
It's equivalent to have two or three pickups and use a pickup selector.


Not really, the idea has it's draw backs but there are some desirable advantages to having a single pickup, one that sticks out in my mind is reduced magnetic pull on the strings, which allows the strings to vibrate more freely adding sustain and just making the strings sound a bit more lively.
#16
Quote by Octtwe88
Thats actually already been done before on old Icemans I'm pretty sure. You don't see it around anymore because well... It wasn't a popular idea...

So it probably wouldn't be a good idea. But if he knows nothing about it then you could go ahead and do it and get a good grade which is what you really want right?

EDIT: http://vintageibanez.tripod.com/iceman/2663_feature/2663sl_a.jpg


http://vintageibanez.tripod.com/2663models.html


ya it has.


EDIT: LMFAO you edited your page right as i quoted you with the same page hahahaha
#18
The problem with that is that the pickup generates more output (and a louder signal) depending on where it is. For example, if you get one pickup and put it in the neck position, and then put it in the bridge position, the neck position will be far louder than the bridge because the strings vibrate to a greater degree at the neck position. This is why even if a bridge pickup is rated with much higher output, a low-output neck pickup can still be just as loud. So, you'd need to be able to alter the pickup's output as you moved it, otherwise the neck position would drown out everything or the bridge position would be too quiet to hear.

Then there's the issue of string spacing. The string spacing is different at the neck than bridge, so you'd need to be able to move the pole pieces, otheriwse certain strings (especially both of the E strings) wouldn't respond correctly, and they'd be quieter than the other strings.
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#19
I know the old Gibson Grabber basses had a movable pickup as well. But most people just kept it in the bridge.
#22
Hey man! you just destroyed my dream! i don't even know if i should do that kind of a project any more! Thanks for telling though!
#23
well... i just don't want to build something and then just listen to the people who will say a bunch of crap about my "invention". So now i don't know if i should invest money for this project!
on the other hand i would love to have a prototype!!
#24
well you know, i still think that i should do it but for a single pickups guitar!

is there is a way to make strings have equal spacing at the neck and at the bridge?
#25
Quote by Nikita22
well you know, i still think that i should do it but for a single pickups guitar!

is there is a way to make strings have equal spacing at the neck and at the bridge?

You'd have to have the nut cut to the same spacing as the bridge. I think they do that on classical guitars, but I think that will come with downsides, but I'm not too sure,
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#27
It would be painfully unplayable :\ There's ~10mm difference between the total spacing of the strings at the bridge and nut.. you'd have to have massive hands to play anything on the lower frets.

If you want a pickup that moves around, where the pole pieces don't go out of alignment.. use a pickup with a BLADE pole.

Ie.

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or DiMarzio X2N

#28
i believe you can make the strings same height as the bridge by having a recessed TOM or recessed tremolo
.. and have an unangled neck
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#29
lol, my bad,
i read that as string height instead of spacing

i got to stop smoking the peyote!
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#31
Quote by Nikita22
Hey man! you just destroyed my dream! i don't even know if i should do that kind of a project any more! Thanks for telling though!

Sorry

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#32
MintSauce-

please talk more about that pickup, im not a pro but i listen and absorb a lot of information so go ahead!
#34
go for it. even if its been made u can always improve it. do more research. u have till the end of the year.
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#35
How about you make it 2 pickups and make them both be able to be panned across between the bridge and the end of the fretboard? like the picture that was shown in the first page, but have 2 pickups instead of one. you could make so many different pickup configurations that way.
#36
Quote by Nikita22
MintSauce-

please talk more about that pickup, im not a pro but i listen and absorb a lot of information so go ahead!


They're just regular humbuckers, but they were designed with metal blades instead of pole pieces to prevent dead spots during bends and heavy lead work.
#37
you can also get single coil versions with one blade and two blades (i think you can get ones with 1 blade)

And for the avatar, i can remember it off the top of my mind but you go into control panel and click on avatar i think..
#38
make one with three single coiled rail pickups. it'll give u tons of options. also show this thread to ur teacher.
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#40
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6 single pole pickups, each one on its own rail. Hundreds of combination.

+1000 that would be insane. can u make me a wiring diagram for that?
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