Category Archives: Electronics

XR [Flex] Installation Guide

      How To, Pickups, XR Series, XR Update

Config110-FullViewAnticipating the upcoming release of the XR Flex system, I proudly present the XR [Flex] Installation Guide. We care passionately about flexibility and ease of use, and that should reflect in our manuals as well!

XR [Flex] Installation Guide →

The new system includes new 5-way “Flex” switch and a new Active Volume Control (with integrated preamplifier) as well as the the all-passive XR pickups introduced at NAMM 2016. The Flex system gives you the most versatile switching option available for the XR series.

XR Soapbars

      NAMM, Pickups, XR Series


These new XRs with soapbar baseplates will join the XR family very soon. The pickups will be available in both active and passive configurations (for both half and full sizes). Introduced in NAMM 2016, the passive versions are designed for the new Flex switch and active volume control giving you the most versatile switching available for the XR series. The passive versions will be available in the standard PAF-style and Strat-style baseplates as well. More information to follow.

The Flex Switch and Active Volume

      Events, Pickups, XR Series, XR Update


We have a new 5-way “Flex” switch and a new Active Volume Control (with integrated preamplifier). These are designed for the all-passive XR pickups introduced at NAMM 2016. The new “Flex” switch takes advantage of the XR’s coil taps and offers the flexibility of multiple switching configurations in a solderless format. Compared to the older design, the new switch has a lower profile (down to 27mm from 34mm).

The new ‘Active’ Volume Control with integrated ultra-low noise preamp features an onboard gain-trimmer for system optimization. The new volume control too has a smaller circuit-board footprint, with an upgraded 24mm Bourns pot (PDB241-GTR Series) for even smoother action (10 to 45 g-cm Rotational Torque) compared to its predecessor.

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Introducing: The Nu Duo

      Nu Duo, Nu Series, Pickups

Nu Duo Production Prototype

At first glance, it looks just like a Nu multichannel pickup set. But look underneath (info-graphic below) and you will notice the difference. It’s the Nu Duo.

What is it for? Well, not everyone needs to have multichannel processing. The Nu’s modular design also makes them perfectly suitable as a mono or stereo source straight to existing gear and guitar amplifiers. It is the optimal solution for multi-scale guitars. Number of strings, string spacing, and pickup angle are not a problem.

The Nu Duo is perfectly suitable for multi-scale guitars with 6, 7, 8 or more strings. Each pickup can connect to one of two output groups using miniature switches (high quality with gold plated contacts) underneath the pickup assembly. Each group has its own preamplifier with individual gain adjustment for fine tuning the balance.

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Nu Capsule Now Available

      Nu Series, Pickups

nu-capsule-shortNow that the hectic preparation for NAMM, and the show itself, is behind us we are excited to return our focus to the Nu product line. As the first step, we are pleased to announce that the Nu capsule is now available for purchase at our online store. The Nu Capsule is designed to be PCB mounted and is intended for the tech savvy end-user with a flair for DIY projects and skills with a soldering iron. For those looking for a less demanding solution, stay tuned for the release of the Nu Module which should be soon to follow. (Learn more about the distinction here.) Thank you all as always for your continued support!

The Nu Series Modular Active Pickups are hacker friendly, general purpose pickups that can be used in a variety of applications. These are active multichannel pickups with low impedance coils and integrated single-ended, low-power, low-noise preamplifier for each coil. These low-profile, Neodymium-core pickups are modular and can be used individually or in groups.

Learn more about the Nu Series Modular Active Pickups →


Nu Update: Hitching a ride to NAMM 2016

      Events, Nu Series, Pickups

Ricky Graham is truly a 21st century guitar player. As a composer and Assistant Professor of Music and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology, modern 21st century gear such as a multichannel audio interface and a laptop running Pure Data, are a crucial part of his sonic arsenal. This 8-string Nu set will be on its way to Ricky, after hitching a ride to NAMM 2016 along with some of its XR siblings. Go forth and make some music!


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Road to Anaheim Pt. 3 – Crystal Clear

      Events, NAMM, Pickups, XR Series

Going to NAMM 2016? Take some time to check out our pickups and support electronics from the inside and out. This demo XR-8 (eight string) system is going Anaheim and is installed in a laser-cut pickguard to showcase our build quality. Like the ones installed in the Strandberg Boden OS7 and Matt Szlachta’s Legator, this set sports all-passive Lo-Z coils along with our new 5-way switch, ‘active’ Bourns® volume control pot, and our active resonant filter. The new 5-way “Flex” switch takes advantage of the XR’s coil taps and offers the flexibility of multiple switching configurations in a solderless format. The new ‘active’ volume control with integrated ultra-low noise preamp features an onboard gain-trimmer for system optimization. Send us a message if you’d like to schedule a time to have a look and please take a moment to visit the Strandberg Guitars booth (#3383, Hall D) and see a comparable 7 string set in action. We hope to see you there!




Project: Legator

      How To, Pickups, XR Series

It is always a treat to work on guitars that have been on the road and seen the world. In this case the guitar in question is a Legator N7-300 belonging to Legator artist Matt Szlachta. Matt is an impressive player to say the least and some forthcoming demo’s will make that abundantly clear. Matt is currently a member of extreme-metal band Broken Hope as their lead guitarist (with previous stints in Chimaira and Dirge Within). We began talking about an install project prior to the holidays and it quickly evolved into what you see here. 


Matt Szlachta with his Legator N7-300 prior to the Cycfi-XR installation. Photo Credit – Tammy Vega


Matt’s guitar with the Cycfi XR system installation completed.

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Unlatching the Connector

      Electronics, How To, Pickups, XR Series

We use solder-free connectors to make it very easy for you to install the pickups and support electronics. There’s one snag though. The connector itself might not fit through the channels in the body, typically just enough for small cables to pass through. Quite often, the connector’s size prevents it to fit into tight spaces. Fortunately, there is a simple work-around: Unlatching the connectors.


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Road to Anaheim Pt. 2 – Strandberg Boden OS7 Install

      How To, NAMM, Pickups, XR Series

In less than a month NAMM 2016 will be bustling with the usual fervor. Every year brings something new, and for us here at Cycfi that means new opportunities to showcase our pickups. Among the new developments this year is an exciting cooperative effort between ourselves and Ola Strandberg, the mastermind behind Strandberg Guitarworks. The Strandberg team has been kind enough to send us a Boden OS7 for the purpose of installing an XR pickup system and to subsequently showcase the instrument at the Strandberg booth at NAMM (#3383, Hall D) – exciting times indeed! 


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