Category Archives: Store

Complete XR Flex Sets 25% Off Starting Father’s Day

      Electronics, Events, Pickups, Store, Support Electronics, XR Series

Beginning Father’s Day, Cycfi Research is pleased to offer a 25% discount on complete systems featuring our XR Flex Series extended-range pickups. The discount applies to the purchase of our pre-configured XR Flex systems including S-S-S (3 XR Dual pickups) or H-H (2 XR Quad Pickups) for 6, 7, and 8 string instruments. In addition to the pickups, systems include a 5-way switch, Active Volume, Blend or Tone Control, Output Jack, 9V battery clip and all necessary cables and hardware. Complete systems with the Resonant Filter are also available.

The new discounted XR Series pickup-system pricing kicks off Sunday June 18, and will continue until new pricing is announced. Come and visit our store.

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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: and we will send you back a CAD drawing (DPF and DXF) for confirmation (see example below).

See XR Custom Baseplate Laser-Cutting Service


Where’s the XR Flex Set?

      Pickups, Release, Store, XR Series

With the XR series launch, we are offering a $35 discount for complete XR Flex sets for SSS, SSH and HH combinations and support electronics. I had a query from someone wondering where he can get the “XR Flex sets”.  I decided to post my reply here to make it clear.

To avail of the discount, please go to our store and place an order for any of these:

  1. SSS set (three XR Dual Flex)
  2. SSH set (two XR Dual Flex and one XR Quad Flex)
  3. HH set (two XR Quad Flex)

Then, add some support electronics: either the Tone-Blend Variant or the Resonant-Filter Variant. The Tone-Blend variant is the most common setup. To make it even easier, I made the blend control optional (I’m sure some of you don’t need it). Tone-Blend Variant:

  1. 5-Way Flex Switch
  2. Active Volume Preamp
  3. Tone Control
  4. Blend Control (Optional)
  5. Output Jack
  6. 9 Volt Connector

If you want even more flexibility, the Resonant Filter Variant allows you to dial in the characteristics of virtually any pickup with independent control for cutoff frequency and resonance (Q):

  1. 5-Way Flex Switch
  2. Active Volume Preamp
  3. Resonant Filter
  4. Output Jack
  5. 9 Volt Connector

Finally, at checkout, use coupon code xr-flex-set . Again, offer valid until end of March 2016.

It’s Official: Neo Series Now Available

      Events, Nu Series, Pickups, Release, Store

Easter, April 20, 2014. Today marks the official public release of the Cycfi Neo Series Active Polyphonic Pickups. After a long wait, the Neos are now available! As previously noted, we will have a very limited, initial production run. All items are inspected and fully tested according to very strict specifications. The Neos are now available for sale in our online store.

We invite you to join us explore this new exciting world of Polyphonic String Processing. The journey is just beginning!

Neo Series
Neo Series

The Neos are very small, Neodymium-core active pickups that can be used individually or in groups. These are hacker friendly, general-purpose pickups that can be used in a variety of applications. These are active pickups with low impedance coils and individual balanced, low-power, low-noise preamplifier for each coil. Neo1 conains a single coil with a single differential preamp. Neo2 contains two coils and dual differential preamps. And Neo6 contains six coils and six differential preamps.

This release is for DIYers, serious hackers and guitar builders only. The basic assumption is that you know what to do with the pickups and you have prior experience with guitar building or at least customization. With the electronics involved, you know how to at least read wiring diagrams and are not afraid to do some soldering. The Neo is not your typical pickup. You can’t just plug it in a standard guitar amplifier, for example. You can’t use your standard 5-way or 3-way switch, nor can you use your typical volume and tone potentiometers.

There were quite a few queries from end-users asking how they can use the Neo or how to install the pickups in their guitar. If you are one of those folks who want to get into polyphonic pickups and processing, but have no idea yet how to proceed, well, you might need to get some help from someone with a solid background in electronics to do the installation for you. If you are a very adventurous DIYer and want to learn by yourself, we will of course be happy to assist you in any way we can.