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Old 04-20-2018, 06:28 PM
terken terken is offline
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On the ones I have seen there is not enough room for a floating pickup. Either the fretboard is very slightly elevated or glued right to the top.

Rather than cut a hole in the top I did use one of these on the Regal in the video. It worked well.
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:43 PM
Br1ck Br1ck is offline
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A while ago I bought a bottom of the barrel "Amplificator" that if I were to guess, I'd say it was a rebranded Stella. Needed a reset, a refret, and tuners. It had painted on binding and fake flame maple paint. I believe it to be late 40s early 50s.

I took the back off, shaved the braces some, and glued a set of JJB pickups under the bridge area. I jacked the neck back into position and reglued the back on. I had to then trim the back which was overhanging the sides about 1/4 inch. I then bound the guitar in real plain white binding and used Gibson type frets on it.

It has a very funky tone, and the pickups work great. Loud, brash and very little sustain. It is great for old time and Americana music. Almost all of these are in horrible disrepair but worth fixing yourself.

Now Harmony made some really nice electrics like the Meteor. Well worth having for sure.
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