A HomeMade Stomp-Box Question A-LA John Lee H

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A HomeMade Stomp-Box Question A-LA John Lee H

Postby marlboroman » Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:11 pm

Now that I've got into playin acoustic blues lately, I've been tryin to figure out how to make a Stomp Box. So I figured what could be a better place to ask this question THEN RIGHT HERE In BLUES HEAVEN or is it BLUES HELL????

Anyhow I want to make a stompin box to keep time with my foot and to give it a little drum/bass feel.

So I guess my question is: Has anyone made on?? How did they make it??? What did they use?? Will you be willing to share in your building technique?? and what materials should I expect to need??

Thanks Guys,
Jay

P.S ALLENLUMMOX aka Dan if you read this I check'd out your album on CD Baby. Nice work brother, I'd like to here some of that stuff live. Also hows the buskin been?? It's been GREAT HERE!!!! I've been down to the marketplace a couple times and it's been AMAZING the people seem to dig the stuff I'm doin, I just got to get more material. I end up playing the same tunes a couple times everytime I jam there...Keep Up Buskin Brother ;)
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Postby ricochet » Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:27 pm

There was a big discussion of these things a couple of years ago, but I'll bet it got lost out of the archives in the big crash a year ago. Try searching for "stomp box," though.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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Postby grady » Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:04 pm

Go here and listen to my Stomp Box on "HillBilly Blues"

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemus ... dID=160141
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Postby marlboroman » Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:57 pm

HELL YEAH GRADY!!!!!

That's what I'm talkin bout, how'd you make yours???
If you don't mind sharing your secrets...
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Postby grady » Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:37 pm

My StompBox is modelled after a old Wooden Soda Pop Crate.

That's about all I know to tell ya.

Just an old Pop Crate.

I use a Radio Shack Boundary Mic to amplify it.
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Postby marlboroman » Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:10 pm

Yeah when my Bother-In-Law gave me those El-Cheapo Acoustics he gave me one of those little mic's that fit in the inside of the guitar using velcrow. It's about as big around as a quarter and flat you put it up against the inside front of the guitar right by the sound hole then run the wire out of the sound hole. It's a REAL P.O.S but I think it will work for what I'm doin. If not I'll just got RadioShack and get the one your talking about. Do you have any pics of your stomp box?? I don't know what one of those old pop crates looks like, they weren't aroun for my generation.

I was thinkin about making mine outt aply wood and 2x4s. I thought I would use Plywood for the top and then 2x4's in kinda a U shape and leave the front open and jsut stick the mic to one of the 2x4s.

BUT I have NO idea if that would even work right, I doubt it would work. It was just kinda my first idea. Thats why I started this thread.

ANYONE FEEL FREE TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.....
I'll be happy to get boss'd around for this one (as long as it comes out right) ;)
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Postby allanlummox » Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:20 pm

Yo.

Today was good - played my favorite Farmers Market - got a little news coverage, there was a Camera Crew doing a piece on the Market. Made a decent buck, had a ball.


I've considered a stompbox, but me being me, I'd need a smaller, louder one - or it wouldn't get used that much.


One possibility would be a Bass-drum pedal and switching back to a Hard Shell guitar case...
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Postby marlboroman » Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:48 pm

Congrats Dan

where you playin on camera or talkin??? either way it's cool BUT it would be AWESOME if they had ya playin.
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Postby jellyroll baker » Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:52 pm

People always ask me about my stomp box. They always look a bit dissapointed when I tell them that it's a piece of cardboard with a cheap piezo stuck on with glue.
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Postby allanlummox » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:46 am

"where you playin on camera or talkin???"

Both - and playing in the background while they filmed the families, talked to the kids, and the Market. And doing a Station Identicication thing.


I'm looking forward to seeing it - to say the least.
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Postby marlboroman » Sun Apr 30, 2006 4:20 pm

Thats BEAUTIFUL, Congrats To My Buskin Brother....

Cheers,
Jay
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Postby boogiechillun85 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:47 pm

My mom put new flooring in the kitchen a few years ago. When it was done there was about 15 feet of extra wood flooring. I cut a piece about 2 or 3 feet long and carry that with me. Just stick a mic near it and wear hard soled shoes.
I guess that doesn't do much good for busking though.
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Postby marlboroman » Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:29 pm

I was kinda Hope'n to get instructions on what material and construction to use
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RE: A HomeMade Stomp-Box Question A-LA John L

Postby rhapsodie » Mon May 01, 2006 3:36 am

I've heard of people who just put a Shure mic on the floor and tap on it with their foot. If that works then any really small box made out of thin plywood or just about anything with a contact mic inside should work just fine. How about a smallish plastic ice cream container?
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Postby boogiechillun85 » Mon May 01, 2006 1:13 pm

Well, I got the idea after seeing Chris Smither live. He's got a big ol' piece of plywood that he sticks a mic near.
The only reason I didn't get that is cause I didn't want to carry it.. lol..
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