Routing a guitar for more pups question

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Metal Tiger, May 8, 2016.

  1. Metal Tiger

    Metal Tiger Supporting Member

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    Hey guys, so I was thinking about how easy would be for a luthier to rout an existing, finished, hi-end guitar for a second pup and a 5-way switch. What would the cost for something like that be? Also, do u have anyone who would do it in mind? I contacted the guys who made the guitar but they need more info (sn etc.) and I have not bought it yet.

    Thanx
     
  2. filtersweep

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    Why mod a guitar before buying it? Especially high end? The resale will plummet.
     
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  3. ant_riv

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    The second pup isn't hard to do.

    The five-way switch might be harder. I'd need to see a picture of the guitar to see if it would fit in the existing cavity, or if additional routing would be necessary. If additional routing is necessary, it wouldn't be hard, but a new cover/PG might be needed, which would likely need to be custom-made.

    I'm not sure how much it would cost because I do my own work. I'd charge myself $12, or whatever the parts cost.
     
  4. Chris Pile

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    We need specifics, please. Which guitar? What pickups and switch? Where do you want them installed?
     
  5. Metal Tiger

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    It's a superstrat. There is enough space in the control cavity for everything. It has a single bucker and volume knob and wanna turn it into an H-S-H with a 5-way and add a tone knob. The guitar is rear routed (no guard)
     
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    Would this be a certain Suhr Standard?
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    Austin
     
  7. Rod

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    Yikes....
     
  8. Chris Pile

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    Still haven't answered my questions completely, but I get the gist.
    Medium difficulty, I'd want $150 to do all the routing and wiring. Pickups, switches, knobs extra.
     
  9. Tone_Terrific

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    Disassemble.
    3 routs.
    2 pup rings.
    Holes for the wiring.
    Hole for tone pot.
    Mount switch.
    Wire it all up.
    $150 sounds like a pretty good deal.
     
  10. Sirloin

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    Don't do this. Find a nice hsh Suhr and be done with it.
     
  11. Guitarworks

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    I agree on all these points. No need to hack up a Suhr or any high end guitar. Either get a custom built or find the guitar that best suits your needs.
     
  12. Metal Tiger

    Metal Tiger Supporting Member

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    Guys, thanx for sharing your opinion but I was talking about professional luthiers who can do this. A pro luthier will not do a hackjob if he is indeed professional and agrees to do the work.
    Value might go down, this is not gonna be an investment guitar though. There are several reasons not to order a custom one or try to find another one closer to the pup configuration I m looking for. Rare tonewoods (no longer available) and weight are the 2 major factors.
     

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