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Nu Series v2

The Nu Series Modular Active Pickups are hacker friendly, general purpose pickups that can be used in a variety of applications.

Nexus v2

The Nexus is a small, flexible, and hacker friendly breakout box that connects your multichannel guitar to the outside world.

Nu Update: Meet The Nexus

Meet The Nexus. This small, hacker friendly breakout box connects your multichannel guitar to the outside world using a specialized (LEMO compatible) multi-pin connector for up to

Nu Update: The FPC Experiment

The FPC experiment is a success! This is the first time we tried to use such connectors and they are amazing! The zero insertion force connectors we chose

Chris’ Septor

“An extended range guitar of course calls for extended range pickups.” Here’s Chris Varnon’s gorgeous guitar: an Agile Septor 827, 27″ scale equipped with two 8-string

Computational Hexaphonic Guitar

It’s nice to see our pickups in the academe. Chengxiang Ren and Jeffrey Huang, Cornell University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, used the Cycfi Neo (now Nu)

Nu Update: Mounting the Modules

Last time, I hinted at ways to mount the pickups. Surely, a guitar builder will find a zillion ways to mount these modules. I’ve had

More XRs Coming

The XRs, especially the XR8s and XR6s, are often out of stock. They sell out quickly! So sorry about that 🙁 My intention is to have a steady stream

XR Basics

Cycfi XR pickups are not made with alien technology or special exotic materials to allow them to perform far beyond a normal pickup (although they

Nu Update: Modular Design

How do you mount the Nu modular pickups? You’ve seen the basic Nu capsules before. Mounting these miniature pickups might be tricky. One way involves making a printed

Nu Update and Road Map

The Nu modular pickup is ready. It’s been ready for quite some time now. The design and implementation is just about perfect, I would say. The

Thank You!

Little things mean a lot; it comes from the heart. Thank You!  

The XRs are Back

We are pleased to announce that our second production run of the Cycfi XR series is now available for purchase at cycfi-research.com. We have worked

Sato Koetsu’s Guitar

I have high regard and affection for anything Japanese. I love the people. I love the food. I love the unique culture, Japanese music, arts and certainly their craftsmanship.

The Continuing Journey

After a long hiatus, I think the Nu is just about ready. This is the next evolutionary stage of our flagship multichannel pickup. Originally named the Neo, the Nu

XR Preamp Schematic

I am incrementally updating the XR Data Sheet. I’ll post updates here every once in a while. Here’s the schematic of the XR preamplifier. The circuit

Number One

The very first XR, serial number XR156-1 ready to go! This one goes to Charles Richardson. I feel some kind of attachment to these pickups, like

Soapbar Take 2

I have mixed feelings with the Soapbar ring idea. Many like it, but some don’t. Jon Chang suggested transparent rings for that modern look that fits the XR’s unique

Soapbar Ring?

With the current open-coil XR Quad coil 7 and 8 string design (image right), there’s empty space at the sides when placed in a guitar with

Happy Birthday Les Paul

“And of course, I had my problems because so many people weren’t ready to accept it”. —Les Paul My hero! June 9 would have been his

Extended Response is Here

We are pleased to announce the official debut release of our Cycfi XR series extended response pickups! The production models consist of 6, 7 and

Cycfi XR Custom Bass

Here’s a customization test case for a bass guitar. I needed to know if it is indeed feasible to provide custom pickups for users with very specific

Nu!

It’s taking shape! That’s a lovely pair in a humbucker width configuration. You already know the XRs, they’ve been the focus of our recent developments,

Neo Evolution

After a long and arduous detour with the development of the XR series pickups, we’re back on track! Here’s the evolved modular Neo with better crosstalk performance using permalloy shields

A New Name

We have a new name! We had a fun time thinking of a new name for the Neo Aura. Thank you all for your suggestions. Naming

Spicy Gadgets

  From our Spicetone friends! 6APPEAL: Polyphonic Overdrive and Breakout Box for Hexaphonic Guitars. We share a common ideal: Hexaphonic processing is the future! “A whole new sonic

Resonant Filter

The Resonant Filter allows you to dial in the characteristics of virtually any pickup with two high quality dual-ganged Bourns potentiometers. The Resonant Filter offers

Oblique Quad 8s

Before we finally get these pickups released into the wild, here’s something to whet your appetite. Notice the oblique orientation of this Quad 8 string. This one is

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? A lot of course! I just received a cease and desist order from Fishman for the name “Neo Aura”. I realised

Almost There

It’s been a while but we’re almost there! I always underestimate the time it takes to bring an idea from concept to prototype and then to actual production. I

Introducing: The Cycfi XR

Hello Y’all. Since our NAMM debut in January 2015, we’ve been very busy going into limited production for the first batch of Auras. For those of you who have been eagerly waiting, thank you very much for your patience. Many of you know that we’ve been working on the Neo Aura project for quite some time now. This project turned out to be be a lot more complicated than we initially expected because it’s not just a pickup but a whole modular infrastructure!

Neo Reloaded

This month, we stopped production of the original Neos in anticipation of the new Neos. We have a new version coming out with much improved specs and features.

NAMM 2015

  Hello Y’all. So, Cycfi Research will have a presence in NAMM 2015. William Banks will be our NAMMbassador :-). He will be bringing with him a prototype of the Cycfi

Cycfi XR

Update: here’s a link to the main Cycfi XR page: Cycfi XR Meet the Cycfi XR Extended Response Pickup. This is not your grandfather’s pickup! These are new generation, 21st

Innovation is Hard

Innovation is so hard! People often ask me why I don’t just do it like everybody else; —you know, the “tried-and-true” path. The easy path. Well, I enjoy

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

  “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Ah my favourite Einstein quote. Apart from the Infinity project, here’s what we’ve been working on

Pickup Testing

Here at Cycfi Research, we test everything. It’s not just by pure luck that we have these great sounding pickups. We go through dozens of

Sidewinder

What’s nice about active, low impedance pickup design is the compact size. The coils are a mere 5mm tall by 10mm wide. Stick two of

Neos Ready to Go

  This set of 110 Neo1s is ready to go. It will be amazing too see what the end user will do with all these! No,

Infinity Control Panel

After a few iterations using my favourite graphics tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, iDraw, and Solidworks (for anything 3D)), I think this is the minimal interface I really like.

Neo Base Boards

To make it easier for 7 and 8 string extended range guitar users to get started with the Neo Series Active Multichannel Pickups, you can find in this page some design

Infinity Driver v0.93 Prototype

From 3D model to actual prototype, here’s the Infinity Driver v0.93, front and back views. The coils are 16Ω gauge 35 magnet wire, with Neodymium N42 core. The

Virtual Pickups Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of the Virtual Pickups series. I changed the title from Virtual Pickup Placement to better express the actual subject which will