Adding a second pickup to my aluminum reso/tele

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  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think I can do it. Love the looks of this guitar but have zero use for the resonator side of it. I can remove the resonator part and replace it with a flat piece of aluminum with a hole in it and mount a top loader Tele bridge and pickup. The tailpiece can go as well. How hard can that be right? Cutting the round top piece will be the challenge. The best part is it will all be undoable if I want to put it back to original. Time to start looking for a sheet of aluminum.....

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  2. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've never seen that...what brand is it?

    "Getting the round top piece will be the challenge. " are you talking about the big pierced part, you just want it to be flat? I can't imagine anyone making something like that unless it's a custom part from a fabricator.
     
  3. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's a Spruce Hill.

    Exactly. Pretty sure I won't be able to cut it myself although you can buy aluminum sheets pretty cheap at Home Depot etc.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A sheet metal or machine shop should be able to do it. mcmaster.com has tons of small metal sheet and plate.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The more I think about it, you'll need to make it from much thicker stock, since the dome isn't going to be there to strengthen the piece. Maybe go with a nice figured wood disc.
     
  6. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    What was it you did like about this guitar? And how'd it go in Chicago?
     
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Love the looks, feel, and that P-90. Great neck too. Chicago today was just silly. We went up there because my wife found out yesterday that her Bulgarian passport had expired and she needed some temp paperwork to travel there Friday with our daughter. She's a US citizen as well but they're not letting foreigners in at the moment. Anyway, we get up there about 3 hours early and they go ahead and see her. She's been in the US 16 years now and forgot that Europeans write dates different. Her passport expired 1-7-20. She read that as Jan 7 2020 like we Americans do. Of course most of the rest of the world, including Bulgaria, reads that as 1 Jul 2020 lol. She felt like an idiot. Chicago itself is a ghost town right now. On the way home we were traveling down Lake Shore Drive which is 5 lanes in each direction. For a while we were the ONLY car on the road.
     
  8. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I would LOVE a resonator, they're my fave sound.....even one without a pickup.....have you ever tried open tuning with slide on it @Lonn ?
     
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    It is what it is. All those parts make it a resonator. Especially the cone/biscuit.

    Take it apart. You'll see it's a massive undertaking.
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah..what is that neck? I remember you saying you didn't know when you bought it and if I recall it had a fender decal...did you glean anything else from taking it apart?
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    lol..I suggested the same thing. I got a Delta 6 with a P90 and a piezo with a blend switch. thing makes me sound like I know what I'm doing....
     
  12. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nope.

    Not sure about the neck but it's good quality.

    I took it apart right away.

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    Leave it alone!! It is too cool the way it is AND original. That's one I wouldn't mess with!
     
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    Its a unique and very cool instrument. If it was mine...I'd leave it alone. :)
     
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    I don't think it's original because it came to me with a 3 way switch and obviously only the P-90. I swear in the shop the forward and middle positions gave very different sounds but once I got it home, nothing different. The pickup is not splittable but the 3 way was wired in the most bizarre fashion that I thought maybe there was some wiring solution I wasn't aware of. Couldn't make heads or tails of it so I just removed the switch altogether and wired in the tone pot which had never been used, there was no solder on it at all.
     
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    Looks like a fun guitar to have.
    Reminds me of the many mods I later wished I hadn't done.
    But, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do...
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  17. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Forgot I had it on ebay, sold. Ah well.
     
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    I didn't forget...just didn't have the spare $1300 to rescue it from you...lol...;):D

    I know you'll find a replacement...if you haven't already.
     
  19. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sold it for $1000.
     
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    Still got a good price for it, I think. Unique instrument. If I didn't have a resonator already I would have seriously considered that one..