I was trying to get my guitar to sound more like a trombone. This did the trick.
Sorry it took so long to upload the final product. I have been learning to play this thing for the past few months. I’ll try to make an illustrated diagram of all its superpowers someday when I have a second.
Top electronics complete. The bottom pick guard will hold the fancy electromagnetic output circuits - a built in electronic bowing system on the outermost strings.
The neck position pickup insides. Notice the alnico magnet in the middle.
DIY neck position pickup. I couldn’t resist making a custom pickup. I rely heavily on a sweet and warm neck pickup for 75 percent of my tone so I had to get picky here. I couldn’t find the sound that I liked from any of the pickups that I had so I did some research and came up with this. I hacked apart an old humbucker designed for acoustic guitars (8k) and replaced the ceramic magnet with an alnico magnet. It seemed to do the trick and the low end is way less agro. Its much smoother and listenable for my purposes.
It’s getting there. I still have the electronics to go.
Headstock with 7th string tuner added.
Tailpiece mounted to body with standard 1/4 output jack and a midi connector out for the five direct outs of five pickups. These can go to separate effects and amps.
Custom tailpiece with a volume swell lever.
Octant guitar body completed - semi-hollow awaiting a paint job and electronics.
The beginning of the new Octant guitar. Hand carved and chiseled, you can see my sweet drips soaked into the wood - great fun and good excercise. I wonder if Jesus worked this hard in his carpentry days.
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