Re: National reso tenor - an ethical question?
- I had a biscuit-mounted pickup installed in my '29 Triolian tenor a
few years ago. The jack is mounted in the treble F-hole. There is a
tiny hole on the edge of the cone for the wire to run from the biscuit
to the F-hole -- but no drilling was required on the top plate.
--- In email@example.com, "woodlanegreg"
> HI all
> Been off the air for a while, now testing the water with a moral
> quandry: I'm fitting a Schatten RG-03 pickup to the cone of my '31
> National steel single-cone tenor.
> I have 2 feasible methods of getting the cable to the outside: 1.
> drill a tiny hole in the wall of the cone recess on the body, bring
> the wire up through it, out through one of the holes in the cover,and
> mount the jack sideways on the endpin? or, 2. Drill a big hole in the
> side of the lower bout and just mount the jack in the conventional
> style, with a low-profile nutted jack?
> Number one is clunky, fragile, ugly but less invasive. Number 2 is
> practical, robust, but involves making a big hole in the side of the
> The guitar, 78 years old now, isn't original. It has new set of
> Waverleys, a refret, a truss rod and a strap button on the neck heel.
> But all the adds have been enhancements - adding to the 21st century
> usability, sustaining the guitar for another 78 years. How strong is
> the instinct to preserve something old.How hard should we listen to
> those instincts?
> Note: this isn't a wallhanger, it plays like a train.
> Maybe I just answered my own question. What's the concensus out there?