Building the pickups for Nostalgia Blue inspired me to try making my own pickups from scratch. But first I'd need a guitar that would be easy to swap pickups in/out. So I decided to build a guitar that utilized a pickguard instead of body-mounting the electronics. It seems to me that it would be easier to remove the pickguard with all of the electronics, rather than trying to work inside a small control cavity. I didn't have an alder/maple guitar anymore, so, I figured that should be the next build. I'd like to introduce a.j. (al junior):
Sorry about the craptastic cell-phone pictures, but, it was all I had available. The body has 4 coats of tung oil and one coat of wax. The neck has 5 coats of tung oil.
The pickups are the first I've made from scratch. From the short bit of playing I did last night, I'm happy with them. They worked! Woo hoo! Now it's a matter of tweeking to get different tones.
Can you bump the neck pickup closer to the neck?