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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Adding a P90 to a Gibson Melody Maker '59 re-issue,,

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Jan 27th, 2018 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

She's been modded before with the Schaller wrap around adjustable bridge and a Brian Gunsher (BG) Pickup, but I've always been partial to the P90 LP Juniors and as the Melody Maker is a solid plank of mahogany, well, lets do it !

Attempting to go the dogear mounting for the best acoustic transfer, I've got to route a little bit to fit the chassis of the pickup itself, and on the left side there sis plenty of wood to screw it into.

However on the right side its open cavity.

In the past I've used a dowel of the proper diameter shaped and wood glued into the body to act as the right side support.

Getting all anal and Eric Johnson tone freak about this, and considering acoustic coupling, would it be too over the top to find mahogany dowel or something similar ?

I'm putting in a link to a few pictures to show what I'm trying to do.

What would you do ?

P90 - 1

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 08:36 PM, Jan 27th, 2018)

Stratmanx
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Jan 27th, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

P90 -2

P90 -2

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P90 -3

P90 - 3

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P90 - 4

P90 - 4

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Jan 27th, 2018 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I would just glue a small wood block into that cavity, from the bottom to the surface where the dog ear and pick up mounting point rest. And just fill that rout from ahead of the stud on forward. Use a little scrap of Mahogany if you have some. My2c

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Jan 27th, 2018 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...glue a small wood block into that cavity..."

That's how I would do it also. Leave a 1/4" channel for the lead and you'll have plenty of meat to route into and screw the dog ear to.

Timber type isn't going make any sonic difference imo, but something hard enough to handle routing and hold a screw tightly. (something other than pine :^)


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Jan 27th, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Any hardwood will do. A section of dowel or a small block.

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