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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Pullshocks, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Pullshocks

    Pullshocks TDPRI Member

    45
    Dec 17, 2012
    Seattle
    I have been wanting to try out some different pickups and control layouts, so I am building a hard tail dedicated to that. The rear access plate will allow pickup changes without loosening the strings. The pickup cavity is sized to allow P-90s, or anything smaller.

    When I want to change the controls around, I will just plug the holes and re-drill. You may be able to see that I have already plugged one hole as I changed my mind about switch location.

    Since this will always be a work in progress, I used no fancy wood, and I am not going for the ultimate in cosmetics. I did do my "gut cut" rear contour.
     

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  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Wow...that's a big swimming pool.:). Now all you need are some Fahnestock clips...LOL.
     
  3. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 21, 2007
    College Park MD
    I am working on one like it, only mine started life as a Squire Strat. Thinking of filling in the old tremolo hole to the bridge is solid like yours. But that is a whole woodworking skill of its own.
     
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  5. Pullshocks

    Pullshocks TDPRI Member

    45
    Dec 17, 2012
    Seattle
    Almost ready for the first pickup audition -- a pair of Duncan P-Rails, with a Gibson T-top for comparison of the humbucking sounds. The P-rails have 2 pole 4 position switches for p90, parallel HB, series HB, and rail.

    Body material is poplar. It has one coat of clear shellac and a couple coats of amber.
     

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  6. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    Wow...very cool idea!!
     
  7. soggybag

    soggybag Tele-Meister

    161
    Oct 20, 2012
    san francisco
    Agree, this is a great idea. I had the idea some time ago to set up a system of connectors for pickups. Rather than soldering pickups into the wiring harness, you could plug them in. THe biggest hurdle would be getting a jack that would fit through the channel pickup route and the control cavity.
     
  8. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    I've done it..............this from Guitar Parts Resource is a steal at 20$..............trust me :lol:


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  9. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 21, 2007
    College Park MD
    Pullshocks, that thing looks great. I wish I had thought of your cheap ferrel idea. Thats just too simple for me to come up with. I was imagining ways to turn my drill into a laith to make them and gave up and bought the normal ones.

    I really like your Pickup mount. That is slick. Have you made them to pop in for Tele and Strat allignments?


    Yes, that would have been a LOT easier.
     
  10. mindwave

    mindwave Tele-Meister

    430
    Sep 16, 2011
    orlando
    sean over at scarred guitars had an interesting take.

    hard tail "strat" he chambered all the way around the top but left 1/4" rim. then created sinme 'faux' tops he could screw in w/ 9 screws and swap out pups with the tops

    interesting idea, i dont know that he went to production w/ them, created a 1/2 dozen at least
     
  11. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I built this one this past summer. Works great and pretty much the same idea.
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  12. Pullshocks

    Pullshocks TDPRI Member

    45
    Dec 17, 2012
    Seattle
    It is definitely an idea others have thought of too. There was a shop in town that had a similar rig on display.

    Here is my question for Guitarbuilder: Do you think the test guitar gives a good idea of how the pickup sounds in other guitars?
     
  13. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
    I like the jack!
     
  14. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I don't know yet...I haven't put the pickups in any guitar yet... I gave most of them away to friends and the two humbuckers I made during that winding session are still in the guitar..... I would guess that the isolation of the pickups from the surrounding body have an impact on the sound somewhat but like everything on an electric guitar, all elements contribute to the end result, not just the pickups.
     
  15. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    Nice! We built a pickup mule several years ago which worked out quite well- any combination goes in and out easily- not as sexy as these, though. LOL

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  16. Jefe

    Jefe Tele-Holic

    999
    Jun 17, 2004
    Wallingford, CT
    I love it! :lol: :cool:
     
  17. mindwave

    mindwave Tele-Meister

    430
    Sep 16, 2011
    orlando
    I like that a LOT

    aWHOLE LOT
     
  18. mindwave

    mindwave Tele-Meister

    430
    Sep 16, 2011
    orlando
    dude you better patent that bad boy NOW
     
  19. Pullshocks

    Pullshocks TDPRI Member

    45
    Dec 17, 2012
    Seattle
    Discovered the key to fast pickup changes is to glue the springs to the pickguard, or use rubber tubing instead of springs. This way the springs don't go flying when you reach for the screw driver

    Added a terminal block for solderless connection of the pickup wire

    Up now is a set of noiseless single coils with a couple of real Fender pickups for reference. Needless to say there is a lot of magnetic pull on the plain G. Neck pickup location is +/- stock, but I had to mess with the spacing to get all 5 pickups to fit.
     

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  20. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2010
    Santa Rosa, CA
    A guitar after my own heart. Well done. I can definitely see how sustain would be an issue here! ;-)

    Rob
     
  21. DrASATele

    DrASATele Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    Wow, I was thinking of building something similar now that the winder is nearly done. I think I saw some ideas to steal. great thread!
     
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