Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bonzo21, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Bonzo21

    Bonzo21 Active Member

    Feb 7, 2016
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    Has anyone ever tried to route out a middle single coil on an SG and putting in a rotary or freeway switch to have an Ibanez type switching (full neck, split neck + mid, mid, mid + split bridge, full bridge)?

    Finding a wiring option is not my main concern as I can always rig up some mini toggles... the routing is kinda more of a concern as I've never done it or seen it done in person. I'd probably get someone to do it for me or practice on some scrap first.

    Disclaimer: This is still at the crazy idea that probably will never happen phase.
  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
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  3. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2013
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    How about a hidden single coil under a batwing pickguard??
  4. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Sounds like a good way to destroy the value of a fine guitar.

    The reason to own a fine Gibson is because you want what it can do.
    If you don't want what it can do, and you want it to sound like some
    other guitar, you'd be better off selling your SG and buying yourself
    an Ibanez that sounds the way you like it to.

    You'd get more money selling the SG if it hadn't been butchered.

    If you really want to get into gouging wood out of the middle of an SG,
    I think you should go shopping at pawn shops until you find an abused
    Epi G-400. That would make a fine mod platform, and you wouldn't
    lose anything much.

    I've done this with a rusty and moldy old Squier Precision bass that was given
    to me. It had been in a basement for eight or nine years and was a
    real mess. I took it to a good luthier, and asked if he could get the neck
    straight for me.

    He got it straight, and I rebuilt the instrument with quality parts,
    and am playing it to this day, several years later. It sounds
    great with good pickups, and if I'd wanted to turn it into a P & J bass
    my luthier could have routed the cavity neatly for me, and I could
    have done the rest.

    So I recommend you do drastic mods on an instrument that wasn't
    worth much to begin with. You can make a real player out of something
    like that, and have some good smokey fun doing it. And then play some
    great music on it.
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  5. Six Stringed Demon

    Six Stringed Demon Active Member

    Aug 25, 2018
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    Valley of the Sun
    Hey @Bonzo21, I do a lot if work on guitars, build from scratch and modify guitars. I haven’t seen what you describe but it shouldn’t be hard to do. Rather than a G-400, I’d suggest the bolt on neck SG to start with. No need to ruin a perfectly good guitar for a sound you cant find. Practicing on scrap wood would be a good idea before routing any kind of body. Thankfully, mahogany is easy to cut through if you have a sharp bit. I’d strongly suggest clamping wood on either side so your router doesn’t get away from you. There’s hundreds of routing videos on YouTube for setting up your route.

    As far as a pickguard, you can either use one on hand, order one with the H-H configuration and then drill each side of where the S will go and cut across.

    It’s not that hard, but you have to get it out of your head of what you’re doing.

    Post pics!! :thumb:
  6. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2018
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    Are you talking about the SG400, with Kahler tremolo ?

  7. George

    George New Member

    Sep 27, 2018
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    1A222C98-5CC6-4E9D-B172-CDCAFE315D26.jpeg 1A222C98-5CC6-4E9D-B172-CDCAFE315D26.jpeg I have a DC thats HSH, I have a five way on it but it aint as cool as I thought it might be, I probably shodve left the stock Gibson wiring but I let someone talking me into a differant setup
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