was given a set of p-13 pickups: what guitar could I install these into?

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  1. dmaj135

    dmaj135 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    I have a set of P-13 pickups, nice gift. I believe they are Gibson made from the braided cable. I connected them to my amp by way of alligator test leads and a guitar chord,using a makeshift sandwich of 2 "surrounds" wedged into my short scale Larivee p-01,for testing sake=, the my Magnatone amp. Love that tone,as I play jump and swing blues. So now I need preferably an inexpensive ,short scale full hollow body guitar body to install these into. I see a lot of inexpensive cheap hollow body guitars on Reverb, but I'm concerned about older guitars w no truss rods, and unadjustable necks in general. Im hoping to use 11 gauge strings with a low action setting.
    Any suggestions?
  2. MR.K

    MR.K Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    P13's are Gibson. I believe Harmony and Silvertone bought their stock when Gibson went to P90's. Maybe a Harmony or Silvertone arch top for your pickups. I had this a few years ago.
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  3. Poppa Stoppa

    Poppa Stoppa Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Interesting question & kind of a difficult one to answer. I suppose it depends on whether you want a funky old-school vibe or modern playability.

    If you favour a Harmony H62 like Mr K’s, you could look out for an H1310 archtop acoustic and drop your pickups in. The H1310 is the same shape. I had one (ex Junior Watson) created like that. The H1310 has a solid top & the H62 is ply, so you have to reinforce the solid top with wood strips glued under, adjacent to the pickups, otherwise it splits along the grain and caves in. The other things to contend with on the H62/1310 are the gargantuan neck profile, skinny vintage fret wire, and the 50k pots that roll off the treble when you turn the volume down, so I would advise using standard pots as used on P90s.

    Another alternative would be to convert one of the Korean arch tops like Peerless & Epiphone. There’s a number of 2-pup jazz guitars, or maybe a Casino for modern features & playability.

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