I’ve got another update on my electric ukulele build. When last we spoke I’d had a close shave whilst fitting the tuners. Things had been going so well too! Today we return to the scratch plate to do some Kung Fu with the electrics.
|First off, a little bit of house-keeping. When I made the scratch plate I
mentioned that I needed to countersink the screws. Here… I’ve done it.
I wasn’t being lazy; I just didn’t have the tool for the job at the time.
|I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I know as little about
electronics as I used to do about routing. Perhaps a better
way of putting it would be to say that I know just
enough to be dangerous. You will remember that
the basis of my electric ukulele design is my
Hohner Strat that I restored a couple of years ago. I
had grounding issues with that project that taught me
about copper foil. I still have a roll of it that I’m using here.
|I really didn’t know how to wire everything up. Fortunately,
I know people who do! Daniel Hulbert came to my rescue
and revealed to me the marvel that is Seymour
Duncan. Seymour Duncan’s wiring diagrams are
fantastic. They have a tool where you can put in the type of
set-up you are going for and they’ll tell you
how to wire it up. This picture shows you the way that
I’ve chosen to wire my electric ukulele. It’s a
fairly standard humbucker set-up.
Julian Davies tried to tempt me to try something a
little more exotic, but I figured I need to hear it
before I consider tinkering.
|You’ll see my lack of electronics savy here. The diagram talks about
500k pots and I’ve only gone and bought 250k ones! Fear not! The
solution simply seems to be to use a different capacitor. I really couldn’t
tell you whether I’ve got the right one here, but it was the one that
Daniel Hulbert recommended to me. This is as far as I’ve got with the
wiring. I’m colourblind, so I’ll not talk colours with you, but the two
wires leading to the bottom are to connect to the jack. The last thing I
need to do here is to wire the ground to the bridge. I won’t do that
until I’ve painted the body and I’m putting it all together for what I
hope is the last time. One added complication here is that the
pickup wires for my pickup are different to the ones in the diagram.
Fingers crossed, I’ve got this all correct!
That’s this update over! I haven’t tried to check the electrics at all. I’m working on the big bang principle. How exciting is this! I’ve now moved on to painting the body. Expect a post on this next…