As I've mentioned in another thread in passing, I'm now getting serious in hot-rodding my Amazing e-mando. #At the moment, it's a solid-body, but with only a piezo pickup. #That sounds cool, but very agressive and not very versatile. #I love the playability and the design, and I think it could be a truly great e-mando if I add a humbucker so that I can mix the two.
I've decided on a pickup and a wiring diagram and have all the parts together, so now it's just down to figuring out how best to install them.
Here is the mandolin as it is now:
I've decided to go for the GFS Lil Puncher. #This is a narrow rail-type humbucker designed to swap like-for-like with a Tele neck pickup. #Looks like this.
I reckon this will look pretty good if fitted a few centimetres down from the end of the fingerboard. #If anything it'll improve the looks as the mando at the moment looks strangely empty there without visible pickup. #It's not much longer than the string spacing, either, so I don't think it'll look disproportionate.
However, I need to decide how to carve out a new cavity. #Two options: through the body, or a pocket from the top.
Going through the body would mean I can have the cutout in the top exactly the same size as the business end of the pickup, no need for a pickup ring or similar. #Downside is that I might weaken the stiffness of the body, I'll need a cover for the cavity on the back, and I'll only have about a centimetre of wood thickness for the mountin screws.
Going for the top pocket means I'll have to oversize the hole in the top in order to get the base of the pickup in, which in turn means I'll need some sort of pickup ring to hide the gap between pickup and wood. #I suspect a Tele pickup ring will look far too chunky, so I'll probably make a skinnier rim out of ebony.
At the moment, I'm inclined towards the top pocket approach, mostly because I fear the body will become unstable if I cut all the way through. #However, I'd be most grateful for any thoughts on the matter before I start.