Jackie Part 1 (re-wiring)

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of Jackie when I first got her.

This is the closest I have to her in her original state, with the stock pickups and so forth (bog standard H-S-H configuration, one volume, one tone, one 5-way switch);

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Like I said before, she isn’t exactly a work of art, what with all the stickers.  If I remember right, I think I was inspired to do this based on a live concert by The Offspring I saw on TV.  Dexter Holland had a guitar (no idea what model or even shape) that was utterly covered in stickers.  Naturally as a 14-year old, I thought it was badass.  These days I simply put stickers on the guitar just to cover up where old ones have peeled off, and where cracks in the paint have shown.

Anywho, I decided that based on it’s look I wanted this to be my “punk” guitar. At the time I had no interest in using the neck or middle pickups, so I figured why keep them?

So moving on to the first mod I did, which was changing out the pickups.

First things first, removing the old pickups and wiring;

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Next, installing the new pickup (Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB);

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The wiring I did is pretty basic, a push-pull volume pot for north coil tap, and a push button killswitch;

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And finally, here’s the finished guitar at that stage;

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I always meant to fill in the pickup cavities, but never got around to it.  I also planned to put some copper shielding within the bridge pickup cavity, and the control cavity.  One day!

Am I still happy with the mod I did?

Absolutely.  The difference between the stock bridge pickup and the Seymour Duncan pickup is outstanding. Before, the guitar sounded as it was; a crappy, mediocre-sounding beginners guitar.  Tonally, the JB pickup has made a huge difference, and has given a lot more to the sound of the guitar.  Like in my gear section, this is still my most played guitar due to both it’s sound and feel.  Plus, completing this mod took me into the world of coil tapping and so forth, which is now pretty much a staple on any guitar with a humbucker for me.

So that’s it for this time, the next post will be about the joys of putting in a new tremolo bridge!

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