what can i do with this oddball pickup??!

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  1. minorseventh

    minorseventh Member

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    [​IMG]ive had several supros and airlines, and the hype is true, the pickups do just wail.
    i just bought this pickup on an impulse, and now i have no idea what i can do with it. as you can see, its is a very awkward size. wont fit a HB or p90 space, and theres no screw mounting holes or wings on it.
    on the original guitars the pickup was held in place by a lip on the ring, and that ring is tall, almost the full hieght of the pickup, all of sitting on top of the body. i dont want to go that direction...

    any ideas whatsoever???[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Taller Silver Supporting Member

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    Cool project - make yourself a lap steel.
     
  3. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    you can do alot with that! to make it height adjust... piece of bar metal. tap to length and then some of pickup. Mount to the two outside screws with the C rings with a nut to match thread, etc. tap the ends to match some adjust screws, bang! a jem turned into a snarly pup to be used! What to put it in..... Choice is up to you, but I'd be think'n of some kind of SwampKaster, very Ry Cooder vibe goin on...... ;)
     
  4. gkoelling

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    Is the string spacing compatible with anything?
     
  5. snarkle

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    What can you do with that odd-looking pickup? Well, you could sell it to me...it looks like the pickup I need to complete the restoration of a 1956 National Del Mar that I've had kicking around here for some time.

    I'm serious...name your price!

    For those who don't know, the Del Mar is one of those CMI-era National archtops made with Gibson bodies...this one's based on the ES-350. The Belair model used ES-175 bodies; some Aristocrats were built on an ES-300 frame, while others used Kay parts.

    National/Gibson hybrids are a weird little obsession of mine, even though they're not good for much but chunking out Jimmy Reed rhythms.

    In any case, the neck pickup on my Del Mar needs rewinding, and not even Jason Lollar wants to take it on. So if you can't find a use for that pickup, please send it my way.
     
  6. jeffwith1f

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    mount it in the sound hole of an acoustic.
    the problem with most acoustics is that they are not nearly electric enough.
     
  7. DonM

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    nice design -looks just like the Hi Lo Tron inside!
     
  8. Walter Broes

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    They do look like a hilotron inside, I had that thought too, with the magnet on the side like that - but they sound about twenty times fatter, they're almost the tonal opposite!

    I wish someone would make repro pickup rings for those - the rings on my old supro dual tone are held together with superglue, and extremely brittle.
     
  9. outtahear

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    a brother GP'er needs it for a resto.

    Clear is your course, young Skywalker....
     
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    I think you should invest in a dremel tool...
     
  11. minorseventh

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    thanks for all the replies. pickup has been sold to Snarkle!

    he needed it more than I, and obviously is more able to use it. 50 year old guitars need to be played!
     
  12. gkoelling

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    Very cool! :AOK
     
  13. snarkle

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    Yep, the oddball pickup is on its way to B.C. and will soon sit in the neck position of my National Del Mar.

    I was exaggerating a bit, perhaps, when I said I was "restoring" this instrument—the pickup must have failed quite early on in its life, because apart from that it's as clean as a 52-year-old guitar can be. Someone must have just shoved it under the bed once it stopped making sound...

    I'll post an update with pics once the guitar's up and running...and big thanks to minorseventh!
     
  14. Walter Broes

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    snarkle - I'd missed the part about the Del Mar - OMG!!!! I think those must be some of the coolest looking guitars ever made.
    Please do post pics!
     
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    I love a happy ending :)
     
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    Good on all of you!!

    Happy for you, Snarkle my man! Post a "pre-resto pic, please!
     
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    Will do, Clem et al...once I figure out how to work the digital camera. Otherwise, I'll have to pry Ms. Peach from her desk...
     
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    what a cool thread. good on ya snarkle.
     
  19. snarkle

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    I'm not too proud to beg...
     
  20. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    Very cool outcome! win win to all!
     

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