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I have never attempted a guitar mod.

Here is a Junior I bought to help a friend. $75. Serial number starts with 13... (unknown chinese factory).

I can't get a useful sound out of any bridge-only guitar. Not my thing.

Here are the pickups from my first guitar. Sixties, Japanese, Eaton's catalogue. Not the actual pickups, but acquired at a flea market a few years ago. The rest of the guitar was thrown away.

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What mod are you going to do?
Put the entire white pickguard assembly onto the guitar?
That seems like a challenging mod...especially as it is your first.

Good Luck!

Post lots of pics of your progress.
 

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This will need routing I would say, at least for the switches and the volume pot.

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No DEEP routing. So guitar shouldn't fall apart anyway. Switches will go where the current pots are, along with a volume pot. The tone control is the switch with the two caps.
 

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What mod are you going to do?
Put the entire white pickguard assembly onto the guitar?
That seems like a challenging mod...especially as it is your first.

Good Luck!

Post lots of pics of your progress.
New pickguard or... maybe none! A crappy look could be just the ticket here.
 

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No DEEP routing. So guitar shouldn't fall apart anyway. Switches will go where the current pots are, along with a volume pot. The tone control is the switch with the two caps.
Routing is routing, no matter how you cut it. Have you used one before? Hope you have a good template and its secured to the body well or zing!!! Big gouge in that guitar. I'm talking from experience. I know it's a solid body, it won't break in half.

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Maybe the best solution is a compromise between the current pickup and one of the Zen-Ons. That would involve cutting a spot in the pickguard to surface mount one of the pickups flush with the body (assuming height permits, and working out a switching arrangement. I'm guessing that the existing bridge PU is likely much higher output than the Zen-On units. In which case, a coil-cancelling arrangement would be desirable when combining both pickups.

Sadly, there is very-limited-to-no room in the existing control cavity for a pickup switch, although you could install one of these between the volume and tone, without having to route: 3-way Import Switch - Cream Additionally, a push-pull tone pot would allow for cancelling one of the bridge pickup coils. Ideally, the coil that remains active would be reversed with the neck pickup to achieve hum-rejection when they are both on.
 

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Routing is routing, no matter how you cut it. Have you used one before? Hope you have a good template and its secured to the body well or zing!!! Big gouge in that guitar. I'm talking from experience. I know it's a solid body, it won't break in half.

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Yeah, worked for a cabinet-maker for a while before going back to welding. Have the router table, etc.

NOTE: I just repeated that no DEEP routing was req'd (you mis-read "no routing"). Don't doubt me, bro. I am not posing as a luthier. Just wanna hear how it sounds. I can throw the whole works in the garbage now, or have some winter fun. Gouge? I laff...
 

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Yeah, worked for a cabinet-maker for a while before going back to welding. Have the router table, etc.

NOTE: I just repeated that no DEEP routing was req'd (you mis-read "no routing"). Don't doubt me, bro. I am not posing as a luthier. Just wanna hear how it sounds. I can throw the whole works in the garbage now, or have some winter fun. Gouge? I laff...
Calm down man. I wasn't aware of your experience. Sorry I gave you my opinion. Good luck.

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Calm down man. I wasn't aware of your experience. Sorry I gave you my opinion. Good luck.

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Lol. Don't be sorry. All in an afternoon's fun. My apology likewise. Thanks for the interest. Please stay tuned.

(BTW, Anyone assuming this will be a real hack job is correct.)
 

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Maybe the best solution is a compromise between the current pickup and one of the Zen-Ons.
Great suggestion. I thought of using just one, but I think the path of least resistance is keep everything on the current plastic with the current wiring:

The latest plan is to dissect the pickguard and re-arrange the pieces accordingly...

Jack soldered on. Pickups tested, they all work and sound good! Rhythm position on tone switch reveals bad cap (the lower one in photo with white crap). The lead cap works.

Should I remove and jump the bad cap (no tone control?), or remove and leave open (off switch?). Just guessing here, don't know nothin'.

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Seems like a fun little project! Different looking too!
 
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Will you have to raise the stop tail due to the height of the pickups?
The pickups are not surface mount as previously stated. The "wings" are attached to the top of the pickguard. The pickup can be adjusted up and down on machine screws. If necessary, I will chisel off a ply or two under the pickguard. Good eye @greco .
 

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It reminds me of when I did this.

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If you have to lower the pickguard by chiselling into the body, might I suggest that you trim it to reduce the amount of work.
To late, I have already suggested it.

I'm enjoying this thread...Can you tell!!??

 
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