9   The Playing-Card Pickup

The Playing-Card Pickup is a true magnetic pickup, based on the same basic design principles as the pickups built into professionally made electric guitars. Although this pickup was developed for the next two projects (the Robo-Tiki Steel-Stringed Ukulele and the Twang & Roar Kalimba), it’s well suited to amplify any number of homemade stringed instruments, such as cigar-box guitars and “canjos,” as well as smaller store-bought steel-stringed instruments. Much like the Plasti-Pickup (Project 2), the Playing-Card Pickup is a fun, experimental noise toy in its own right, useful for quickly electrifying ad hoc percussion kits composed of cookware, scrap metal, playground equipment, and so on.

The finished Playing-Card ...

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