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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.

Cycfi Six Pack Hexaphonic Pickup v1.0

After countless hours experimenting and iterating over the basic design, I think I’ve reached a point where I have something that am actually finally satisfied

Op Amp Shootout Updated

Our Op Amp Shootout has been updated to reflect recent research and development. The previous favorites are now replaced by better choices and there are

Singles or Doubles?

  Humbuckers Invented independently by Joseph Raymond Butts and Seth Lover, the humbucker pickup “bucks” hum. It is ingeniously designed to passively cancel noise by having two

Let it breathe: Frequency Analysis

The following FFT graphs show the harmonic spectrum of a couple of wave samples taken from: A Fender Stratocaster with the middle pickup A Gibson

New stuff from Digikey

New stuff from Digikey. We ordered a bunch of precision SMD resistors (1% and 0.1% laser-trimmed), a bunch of low-power, low-noise Op Amps, gathered from

Choosing a good Audio Op Amp

Question: What’s a good Op Amp for audio? The answer: depends. There are many factors to consider and there’s no single best answer. There was

Some musings on multi-channel ADC choices

It is rather clear that future belongs to digital sound. However, producing sound by exclusively digital means is a rather boring occupation; wood and brass

The Coils

Balanced Active Pickups By and large, the current state of the electric guitar pickup design has not really changed much since the 50s. We still

Forum

A friend asked if there can be a place on the cycfi site where people can submit articles containing idle thoughts and observations. I added

Open Source Hardware

I am a strong advocate of Open Source. I have authored three Open Source C++ libraries, Boost.Spirit, Boost.Fusion and Boost.Phoenix. These libraries are all peer-reviewed,

Six Pack Project

Alpha is a challenging project. But it was well worth it. The innovative use of non-traditional materials such as Carbon Fiber and Bamboo opened up

Wake up call

This thread on “Alternate Matarials” has been a wake up call. I need to be more active with this project. Two years ago, I was

Finally

From concept to reality… Presenting the Carbon Fiber-Bamboo Guitar prototype. I still have to write more documentation. I am terribly lagging behind. Anyway, for now,

Neck Dressing

Gorgeous Elegance! It’s been a while. My last post was in November 3. Actually there’s one more unpublished post in December about “Sustain” Myth and

Pearl Inlays

I find the iridescence of Mother of Pearl simply irresistible. The original design as seen in the 3D CAD model had a stainless-steel Cycfi logo.

Compound Radius Fretboard

I am more of a melodic lead player and I play lead more than chords. I prefer slim necks with flatter and low action fretboards

Neck-Thru Construction (part 3)

Wrapping the Neck-Thru This installment concludes the Neck-thru construction series. As a final step, the neck is wrapped in 4 layers of carbon fiber to

Neck-Thru Construction (part 2)

Installing the Truss-Rod Now, we install our new Carbon-Glass Truss Rod. We begin by cutting the truss-rod slot using a router. At the headstock-end of

Neck-Thru Construction (part 1)

Influences I like the basic idea behind the original Steinberger design. The idea is to keep only what’s needed —the bare essentials that define an

Carbon-Glass Truss Rod

A Little Relief Do we need an adjustable truss rod? Unlike wood, carbon fiber is not affected by temperature or humidity. Some guitar builders using

Bamboo Preparation (part 2)

Double Rip Cut Selected Bamboo culms are sliced into straight strips 25 mm wide 1.2 meters long. You would want to choose large diameter culms

Bamboo Preparation (part 1)

It all starts with a nice manufactured plank for the neck-thru middle section made of Bamboo interspersed with multiple layers of Carbon fiber laminated with

Perfect Switching (part 3)

This is the conclusion to the Perfect Switching article. Again, let me warn you that this page assumes you know a little bit of electrical

Perfect Switching (part 2)

This is an installment to last week’s Perfect Switching article. Again, let me warn you that this page assumes you know a little bit of

Perfect Switching (part 1)

I am tired of the same old Fender Strat or Gibson wiring. Go to a music store and chances are, with a very few exceptions,

3D Rendering

Here are a couple of 3D renderings of the CAD model. Solid modeling is fun as soon as you get the hang of it. It

Specifications

Neck Thru-Neck construction (No body and neck joints) Material: Bamboo-epoxy laminate thru-neck core 3 Layer carbon fiber skin neck bottom 4 Layer carbon fiber head

My First Guitar

Flashback Yeah, that’s me, more than 20 years ago. That’s the first guitar that I built when I was in high school almost 30 years

Design

As always, it all starts with a good design. I can be a hacker. Sometimes I am. But for projects I love most, the perfectionist

Restart

I’ve been working on this project on and off. Now, a few months have passed. The last blog entry was written in November. It’s not

Black Steel

Lightweight but stronger than steel, carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) or carbon fiber in short, was once considered a very expensive space age material used

The Mystical Plant

The Land Breeze and the Sea Breeze were married and had a child: a giant bamboo plant. The first man, Malakas (Strong), and the first

Design Philosophy: Be Green

Accept it, civilization is damaging the planet. Some of the damage may be permanent. The future will not be good for generations to come if

Design philosophy: Break the Mold

The basic solid body electric guitar design has not changed for over fifty years now since Les Paul first slapped together two sides of an

Alpha

Cycfi Alpha will be the first Cycfi guitar. It’s been two years since I started contemplating, designing, researching on the ideas behind this guitar and

Birth of Cycfi

Today, October 16, 2009, is the official birthday of Cycfi. What is Cycfi? Read about it here. Welcome to Cycfi!