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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.

XR Soapbars

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

The Flex Switch and Active Volume

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

Introducing: The Nu Duo

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

Nu Capsule Now Available

Now that the hectic preparation for NAMM, and the show itself, is behind us we are excited to return our focus to the Nu product

Nu Update: Hitching a ride to NAMM 2016

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

Project: Legator

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

Unlatching the Connector

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

Infinity goes FM

What do I do on Christmas eve? What else, but hack some C++ code. I got a new highly optimized sustain driver design that also acts

Road to Anaheim: Strandberg XRs

These custom Quad-coil XR7’s are going to NAMM 2016. They will be installed in a Boden OS7 from Strandberg Guitarworks that is to be displayed at their booth (#3383, Hall-D). This

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!