Category Archives: Electronics

Beyond the Guitar

      Events, Evolution, Innovation, Nu Series, Pickups
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The Halldorophone

It’s amazing what creative minds can come up with. There is exciting innovation everywhere, and it is not limited to the guitar. I thought violin (and cello) builders are the most conservative. After all they’ve “perfected” the violin construction and wouldn’t care for anything more beyond that, right? Well, no…

Meet Halldór Úlfarsson and his invention, the Halldorophone —a Cello-ish electro acoustic string instrument designed to facilitate feedback on the strings. The Halldorophone features 8 strings (for the newer models). 4 on top and 4 resonator/harmonizing strings under the fingerboard. This kinda reminds me of the Hardanger fiddle with sympathetic “understrings” that resonate under the influence of the other four.

Each string has its own pickup, now using the Nu multichannel pickups on the latest models.

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Exploring the 3-Way Toggle Hub

      Pickups, XR Series

Here we see the first installation to feature our Toggle Switch Hub which interfaces the classic LP-style 3-way switch to our Cycfi Active Series pickups. The guitar in question is an Epiphone Explorer in classic amber tinted Korina (white limba). Technology has finally caught up with the Explorer’s futuristic design resulting in a perfect marriage with our XR series pickups. 

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The completed Explorer featuring (2) Cycfi Active Quad pickups, volume control and Resonant Filter.

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Toggle Switch Hub

      Electronics, Hardware, Support Electronics, XR Series, XR Update

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As those who follow our products know, we have had options for users of the classic 5-way blade switch since the release of the XR series. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the versatility of the XR series even further with a solderless option for those who wish to use the LP style 3-way toggle switch. Our 3-way Toggle Switch Hub serves as the central connection point for XR pickup systems and offers the versatility of customizable switching options.

The versatile design of the hub allows for connection of 2 XR Active Series pickups (2 Quads, 2 Duals or 1 of each) and numerous control configurations including:

  • 1-Vol 1-Tone,
  • 1-Vol 2-Tone,
  • 2-Vol 2-Tone
  • 1-Vol + Resonant Filter

The Toggle Switch Hub is now available at cycfi-research.com for $9.99 USD (switch not included). Learn how to install the Hub here.

Note: The Toggle Switch Hub is compatible with the XR Active Series pickup systems only.

Skewed Lefty Anyone?

      Custom, Customization, Design, Pickups, Store, XR Series, XR Update

Left-Handed Quad XR Flex Pickups

We are now (officially) offering custom baseplate Laser-Cutting service. You get two custom baseplates for the minimal $15 service fee. The baseplates are precision cut based on your specifications and individually hand-buffed to perfection. Send us your specifications: http://www.cycfi.com/contact/ and we will send you back a CAD drawing (DPF and DXF) for confirmation (see example below).

See XR Custom Baseplate Laser-Cutting Service

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Bringing a 60th Anniversary Strat into the 21st Century

      Custom, Pickups, XR Series

When the owner of this lovely 60th Anniversary MIM Strat asked us to outfit it with an XR system we couldn’t wait! This particular iteration of the Strat didn’t stray far from the original design from 1954. It seemed fitting to upgrade it, and bring it 60+ years into the future to showcase the advances in technology since the days of the originals. Enjoy this visual tour of the installation and final results.

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Fender 60th Anniversary Strat in Blizzard Pearl finish after being equipped with a custom XR loaded pickguard.

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Virtual Pickups Revisited

      Design, DSP, Effects, Evolution, Filters, Modeling, Nu Series, Open Source, Pickups, Software

A little background: I’ve written a series of articles before about Virtual Pickups and how they are implemented in software (DSP). It’s a three part series: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I wrote about Standing Waves, Nodes, Antinodes and Pickup Position, Comb Filters, some underlying Math and Simulation in DSP code. I also presented what I thought was a minimal interface I really like.

Infinity_GUIIt has taken a while (I can’t believe it has been almost 2 years now!), and now I’m back to writing the software. What has transpired since then? Production of the XR and the Nu took the most of our time and I’m left with very little time to do what we I best: R&D. Now that the Nu is out, it makes sense to go back, pick up and continue where we left off, starting with the GUI.

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Lovely Baseplates

      Manufacturing, Pickups, XR Series

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Laser-cut and hand-buffed to perfection, these skewed 8-string baseplates are ready to go!

When I look at a product —anything at all; furniture, a gadget, handcrafted guitar, etc., I look at what’s inside first —the things that you don’t normally see. I gauge the quality of a product by inspecting how well it is made from the inside. I value attention to detail a lot, and this should reflect in what we do, even if it’s a simple baseplate that will be kept hidden after installation. In my mind, I think of someone like myself in the future, looking at the pickup with a smile and saying to himself “wow, those are lovely baseplates”.