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EVERYTHING FOR ELECTRONICS
November 2014 7
Programmed to Receive
When I got the August 2014
issue, I read Ron Hackett's work on
programming the PICAXE. Thank you,
Ron for taking the time to explain the
ins and outs of the programming.
Project Strikes a Cord
Thomas Henry’s October 2014
article on hot rodding your electric
guitar was very interesting. I have
done mods like this over the years
myself and for the same reasons.
The biggest problem I have with
this scenario is the idea of having
batteries inside the guitar body.
You will find that wood screws are
not meant for iterative removals,
Les Paul will not be retained.
I have tried two ways to get
around this: (1) a separate battery
box that is cord-connected to the
instrument; and ( 2) also using the
guitar cord as a power cord.
In the first scenario, I prefer to
use a single battery supply and then
split it into two polarities on the PCB
(printed circuit board).
Henry’s comment about not
wanting to add parts to the PCB to
have a split supply seems to be far
less an evil to me than the overhead
of having two batteries economically
(either by part’s cost or space usage),
when you consider the maintenance
issues of having two 9V cells in the
While you can use the classic
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