How to Build a Talk Box

A talk box is a guitar effect that makes your guitar sound like its talking, using the power of your mouth.

Steps

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    Get a computer speaker.
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    Remove the casing of the speaker.
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    Cut the wire going to the LED light.
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    Flip the Tupperware container upside down. The lid should be on the ground.
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    Insert the speaker into the Tupperware container. Make sure the circuit board is outside the container, only the wires and the speaker go inside.
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    Make sure the speaker cone is facing the bottom of the Tupperware container, about 2" away from it.
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    Duct Tape the speaker into place. Make sure no Duct Tape touches the speaker cone!
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    Take out a drill with a large bit, a little bit smaller that your tubing width (the tubing should be no more that 1/2"-3/4" wide).
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    Drill a hole in the bottom of the Tupperware. Be sure to avoid cutting into the speaker cone.
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    Insert your tubing in the hole. The tubing should be 1/2" away from the speaker cone at most. The tube must not touch the speaker cone or it won't work.
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    Duct Tape the tube closed. You might want to use some hot glue as well.
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    Stuff some cotton balls behind the speaker until the whole container is full. Make sure the cotton balls do not touch the speaker cone.
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    Close the Tupperware lid.
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    Glue the lid down.
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    Insert the Tupperware into an airtight box. Put old T-shirt and socks around the Tupperware.
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    Close the box.
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    Drill a hole in the side of the box to let the tubing go through.
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    Drill another hole in the box to let the cable go through.
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    Plug the cable into the CD or external speaker jack on your amp.
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    Turn up the volume to 3 o clock. Don't worry, no sound will come out of your amplifier
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    Turn the gain up to 3 o clock.
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    Put the tube next to your ear to check for sound.
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    Put the tube in your mouth. Make lip movements, but no sound. Pretend your lip syncing. You can say whatever you want.

Tips

  • A good song to try is "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, as the beginning has a talk-box intro.
  • Don't let anyone use your tube, it goes in your mouth.
  • If your tube becomes foggy, stop playing and let it clear.
  • When doing the Lip sync, don't speak!
  • Make sure the speaker has a headphone cable coming out the back

Warnings

  • This may hurt you amp, but it is very unlikely. Just use an old amp.
  • If it begins to hurt when you are playing, stop.
  • Use proper hearing protection.

Things You'll Need

  • An old computer speaker.
  • an airtight Tupperware container.
  • 6 feet (1.8 m) of clear tubing.
  • Duct Tape
  • Old T-shirts and socks
  • Cotton balls
  • Hot glue gun
  • a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter.
  • A drill.

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Categories: Music | Guitar