I've got a 2005 Dupont MC50 with an internal Schatten pickup that just doesn't give me the tone I want. Several have recommended installing a genuine Dupont BigTone bridge, since it is designed for Dupont guitars. My question is whether making the small hole in the top will "devalue" the guitar or worse yet, affect the tone? I think the MC50 has a current market value of about $3000, so it's not a Selmer or anything really expensive. Plus, I saw a Dupont BIgTone mounted with external wiring and a klunky jack mount, and it looked kludgy, leading me to want internal wiring.
I assume they drill the hole near one of the bridge feet so that it isn't visible looking at the arch under the bridge, but then again, maybe that would affect the top loading on the bridge box bracing inside. Does anyone know where is the best location to make the hole, asthetically or sonarally?
TIA for practical and/or theoretical advice.