D holes with magnetic pickup question



  • Posts: 4,802

    @crookedpinky thanks, I'll pass this along

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • ScoredogScoredog Santa Barbara, Ca✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2022 Posts: 877

    I used to putty a Krivo as close to the neck as possible. Not a perfect solution but I survived a number of loud gigs this way. Just another solution. I hate the idea of permanently mounting something which I have seen before.

  • CraigHensleyCraigHensley Maine New
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    Has anyone tried the Miller Flèche d'Or on a D-hole? They sound great and have a much smaller profile than the Peche and others.

    I've used the Krivo micro manouche with some success, but I don't care for the putty system. Messing around with putty while setting up for a gig is an annoyance. They should offer a clip-on accessory that mounts to the top like a Peche or Miller.

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    I said this elsewhere and I still think I'm pretty sure I'd just get rid of the fretboard extension if I was having a same dilema. How hard can it be? Right around fret #20. Then you'd have enough space for mounting a pickup; putty, clip or similar. I really like them aesthetically but they're obviously pita.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • CraigHensleyCraigHensley Maine New
    Posts: 74

    I agree. It's really a useless design flaw at this point with all the great pickups out there. Some guitars are more easily modified than others. The Altamira I'm playing now could be modified by removing the fretboard after the 19th fret, it's just a floating slab of ebony. Cut if off with a hand saw or fine tool, and apply a hot iron to the fingerboard extension to release any glue from the top. The JWC I recently had was much different, the fingerboard extension was supported by additional wood mass built into the neck block.

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
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    Don't think just lopping off the extension will be enough, sadly.

    An oval hole guitar will usually have about an inch of space between the end of the fingerboard and the hole, where the clip grabs on (and where the pickup partially sits on). But usually the fingerboard on a D hole goes right up to the edge so there's still no space for the pickup.

  • crookedpinkycrookedpinky Glasgow✭✭✭✭ Alex Bishop D Hole, Altamira M & JWC D hole
    Posts: 922

    And there's the issue of the top brace as well. On a couple of guitars this was so close to the soundhole that it impeded the clip of the pickup.

    always learning
  • CraigHensleyCraigHensley Maine New
    Posts: 74

    True, It's a complicated scenario. A custom built guitar would be the way to go. I don't keep guitars long enough to really justify chopping off the fingerboard anyway.

  • juandererjuanderer New ALD Original, Manouche Latcho Drom Djangology Koa, Caro y Topete AR 740 O
    Posts: 205

    Every now and then ( last night was one of those "thens," actually) I think of removing the extension - does anyone plays those high notes, anyway? I'd be keen on knowing the method and results if your friend pulls through with it.

  • edited January 2022 Posts: 4,802

    Yeah this would only be a good idea if the guitar is a keeper or in your hands for the long run. But if the job is clean then it shouldn't really affect the value of it.

    I'm nudging him to get it done. If you cut it at fret 19 or even 20 I think you'd have enough space to putty the pickup. Or come up with something to clip it

    I wonder how tall can you make the pole piece on a magnetic pickup. If possible, and that would be a very custom job, then you could mount the pickup underneath the extension with the pole pieces going through the fretboard extension by drilling the holes for them, I think just high E and B strings. Biggest part of the job would be getting a custom pickup.

    Or sell whatever you have and order a custom guitar. That's the most fun solution. Better yet, just buy that Favino style D hole @geese_com is selling.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
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