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jamison162 12-07-2019 11:23 AM

Ultra Tonic Version 3 by JME
 
Alright, who's going to be the guinea pig? An interesting departure from the 3-4 individual sensors; not unlike the former B-Band SBT. Totally passive, minimally invasive, and I think James includes a stereo jack as he did in previous iterations. There's a "ring" solder point on the input jack pcb to add a second souce be it a magnetic pu or mic (power would be supplied via external preamp).

http://jamesmayengineering.com/how-it-works/

http://jamesmayengineering.com/wp-co...mplete-set.jpg

stevecuss 12-07-2019 12:11 PM

Wow - looks amazing. I love James' innovation.

I just bought an OM21 that will need a pickup, but the price is beyond my budget, but I love the concept.

Vancebo 12-07-2019 12:29 PM

I know I am a big Dazzo fan and all but I love the engineering (best way to describe it) of his products. The idea totally makes sense for SBTs. This alone or paired with a mic would be stellar I am sure.

I would totally give it a try if Dazzos werenít already glued into my guitars. 😁

aaron_t 12-07-2019 12:41 PM

The v2 Ultra Tonic is fantastic. Iíve installed it in 2 guitars. Iíll be putting my order in for one of the v3 in a few days - to be installed on my D-28 MD!

martingitdave 12-07-2019 12:56 PM

This looks like an excellent iteration. I'm excited to listen to a demonstration of the new design.

SpruceTop 12-07-2019 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamison162 (Post 6232319)
Alright, who's going to be the guinea pig? An interesting departure from the 3-4 individual sensors; not unlike the former B-Band SBT. Totally passive, minimally invasive, and I think James includes a stereo jack as he did in previous iterations. There's a "ring" solder point on the input jack pcb to add a second souce be it a magnetic pu or mic (power would be supplied via external preamp).

http://jamesmayengineering.com/how-it-works/

http://jamesmayengineering.com/wp-co...mplete-set.jpg

That is a beautiful design and I may give it a go!

Vancebo 12-07-2019 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vancebo (Post 6232366)
I know I am a big Dazzo fan and all but I love the engineering (best way to describe it) of his products. The idea totally makes sense for SBTs. This alone or paired with a mic would be stellar I am sure.

I would totally give it a try if Dazzos werenít already glued into my guitars. 😁

James, if you see this. Is it possible to attach two shielded Dazzo wires to your circuit board? This way I could try it out.

James May 12-07-2019 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Vancebo (Post 6232528)
James, if you see this. Is it possible to attach two shielded Dazzo wires to your circuit board? This way I could try it out.

I am happy to answer questions!

You can attach another pickup to the RING connection by soldering it to the pad labeled R/P1 on the connector board. The shield would solder to the bottom side ground plane. It could be more than one wire, the pad is big enough for 2 or 3 at least. It's easy to do.

However, I'm concerned that the Dazzo mounting would be in about the same location the Ultra Tonic needs to mount, so wouldn't there be a real estate conflict?

Vancebo 12-07-2019 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by James May (Post 6232552)
I am happy to answer questions!

You can attach another pickup to the RING connection by soldering it to the pad labeled R/P1 on the connector board. The shield would solder to the bottom side ground plane. It could be more than one wire, the pad is big enough for 2 or 3 at least. It's easy to do.

However, I'm concerned that the Dazzo mounting would be in about the same location the Ultra Tonic needs to mount, so wouldn't there be a real estate conflict?

Wow! That was fast.

I would keep the Dazzo instead of using your pickup and just use the Dazzo attached to the circuit board for the only signal source. Not dual source.

aaron_t 12-08-2019 06:02 PM

Just saw on the website, Ultra Tonic v3 is 33% off - $179 thru Jan 15. [emoji41]

Petty1818 12-08-2019 07:05 PM

Very cool design. I am excited to hear some demos of it. I have to admit that I was very excited at first thinking that the main sensor would be attached using tape and not glue. However, if it sounds great then I could stomach glue.

AxeDude 12-11-2019 09:43 AM

Ultra Tonic Version 3 by JME
 
Iím curious about how this would work with a ToneDexter on a classical guitar.

James May 12-11-2019 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by AxeDude (Post 6236039)
Iím curious about how this would work with a ToneDexter on a classical guitar.

In my view, it is the cat's meow. Ultra Tonic by itself is pretty darned impressive, and you won't have feedback issues. With a ToneDexter, it takes the sound to the finish line. This is true of both nylon and steel string installations.

Petty1818 12-11-2019 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by James May (Post 6236052)
In my view, it is the cat's meow. Ultra Tonic by itself is pretty darned impressive, and you won't have feedback issues. With a ToneDexter, it takes the sound to the finish line. This is true of both nylon and steel string installations.

Will there be clips of this new system soon? Thanks!

Oregon Donor 12-11-2019 11:36 AM

Is the soundhole-mounted volume wheel Ďoptionalí, per se? It doesnít look intrusive, which I really appreciate, but one less knob to worry about is always preferable for me. Thatís one thing that drew me to K&Kís initially and then to the previous iteration of the Ultratonic.


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