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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fishman Nashville Series Pickup

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scott82070 - Posted - 12/01/2022:  11:12:34

I have a Dobro brand square neck and I went to install a new pickup (Fishman Nashville Series Pickup) and the old pick up wire was attached to a screw on the cone. This new pick up has wires that will need to go through cone. What is the proper location and method for putting a hole in the cone to run these wires through that won't affect the cones effectiveness.

docslyd - Posted - 12/01/2022:  11:21:20

Never put a hole in the cone or bend the perimeter. Usually those wires go through the wood near the edge of the cone, but under the coverplate. Someone on here will probably come up with a picture for you.

scott82070 - Posted - 12/01/2022:  12:20:23


Thank you. Didn't seem like a good idea so I'm glad I didn't.

Terry Harris - Posted - 12/01/2022:  12:50:08

On the Fishman website there is a pdf that shows the instillation for the pup. It's kinda sparse for info but you'll get the idea.

Here's the Fishman page for the instillation guide

hlpdobro - Posted - 12/01/2022:  14:33:35

Check THIS VIDEO at roughly the 19:50 mark to see how the wires should be routed. It's not obvious but if looking carefully, you'll see the wires routed under the tail.

There is a small hole drilled in the vertical part of the ledge to give access to the jack, under the end pin.

Hope this helps.


Dzyfyngrz - Posted - 12/01/2022:  16:09:39

Not wanting to rain on anybody's parade, but it's historically been really easy to ruin those pickups installing them if you didn't have a really good idea what you were doing. Doubt that's changed. Might be a thought to let somebody with experience do it for you.

LukeL - Posted - 12/01/2022:  20:52:45

I ruined one on my first install a while back. Be sure you have an adjustable spider! The bridge inserts will break if you try to press them in like regular bridge inserts.

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 12/01/2022:  23:02:12

Though people have had success - usually professionals who have developed their own metbods - Luke's comment about the adjustable spider is something to take seriously. 

Beard makes an adjustable spider specifically for the Nashville pickup. Kent Schoonover produces what he calls his modular spider which also works great. He offers his own version of the Nashville pickup  for his spider. I would highly recommend using either one. 

scott82070 - Posted - 12/07/2022:  21:24:50

Thank you all for the input. Going to get parts to upgrade and take it all in to a shop and have them install everything.

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 12/07/2022:  21:47:17


Originally posted by scott82070

Thank you all for the input. Going to get parts to upgrade and take it all in to a shop and have them install everything.

Smart move. These things can be pretty delicate - I have first hand experience with that!

You want to make sure if possible that  the shop has some first hand experience. The "I'm an experienced  luthier/guitar tech, I can figure out anything,"  hasn't always worked out so well when it comes to this particular  gear. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/07/2022 21:50:40

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