King Uke has also fitted a piezo pickup to his £11 Stagg US-10 Ukulele.
My inspiration was a series of posts stuck up by Electric Ukulele Land on the Electric Ukulele Land website. After some words of encouragement and a few pointers from Julian Davies I got onto ebay and ordered the pickup: a UK-2000… from Hong Kong.
It arrived this morning!
Here are a load of photos taken at various points throughout the day. Some are a bit blurred, but I’ve stuck them up anyway… I keep forgetting about the ‘macro’ setting on the camera
And no, this isn’t something I’ve done before, so I could no doubt have done things differently. I’ll call out where I think that I could have done better.
|Here is the pre-amp. The UK-2000 has a low battery indicator,
Treble, Bass and Volume controls. A battery was included
along with 4 screws to attach it to the body.
|And here we have the jack with the washer and bolt
for securing to the body
|I’ve included this picture to show you how the wiring works.
The pickup (top middle) and the jack (right) both come
with jacks that plug into the pre-amp (left). There’s
no soldering required. Simplz.
|For completeness, here’s a shot of the pickup.
It’s advertised as a “SPIRAL PIEZO CABLE PICKUP”.
And top left and right are a cable tie and fastener.
I didn’t use them in the end.
I tested the pickup before I went any further…
|I don’t think that there is any convention for where you place the
pre-amp, but you can see here. The face-plate on the UK-2000
is contoured and a perfect match for ‘the hips’ of the body.
|I had to cut the body to fit the pre-amp. This had me sweating, so I went a bit over
the top trying to get it right. First I cut a template in card…
|I taped the wood all round where I wanted to put the pre-amp,
and then taped the template on top of that…
|Next up, I tacked the bridge. I took off the
strings and popped out the plastic.
|I masked the ends of the bridge and lowered the
hole beneath where the plastic sits – this is where the
pickup goes. Then I drilled a hole in the body for the
|Next I fitted the Jack. I stuck on a bit of masking tape, marked and
drilled a hole. And I got the hole too small and had to file it! Damn!
|Like a fool, I removed the masking to do the filing and
look what happened! I was cursing at this point.
Getting the Jack screwed in place was the most difficult
part of this whole project for me.
|And the very last thing to do was to fit some strings.
The first set of Aquilas that I’ve fitted myself.
|The strings are colour-coded. Come on Aquila… think about your
poor unfortunate colour-blind ukers!
|And here’s the final product…|