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Is there a tailpiece with a big hole for a jack?

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Jan 11, 2019 - 11:11:42 AM
103 posts since 3/8/2014

Love my new used spruce and cherry squareneck reso by Indiana's Unknown Luthier.

I want to add a pickup but don't want to drill into the side or widen the tailpiece's endpin hole. And I'd rather not spend money on a Tapastring endpin.

Does anyone make a tailpiece with a hole wide enough for a quarter-inch jack? (I don't mind widening the wood hole under it.)

Thanks!

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:37:38 AM

2850 posts since 7/27/2008

Charlie, I have seen for example on the National Scheerhorns where they install the jack off to the side several inches from the endpin toward the "treble" side on the lower bout, and they aren't the only company who has done it this way, but the vast majority of reso luthiers drill a second hole in the tail section below the strap button as in my Clinesmith below.  

This is different of course than how it is typically done on a flattop acoustic guitar where the hole for the jack becomes part of the endpin for a strap. 


Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 01/11/2019 11:39:18

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:35:17 PM

103 posts since 3/8/2014

Oh! Good to know. Thanks Mark, glad I asked!

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:57:14 PM

658 posts since 8/8/2008

When I had a PU installed in my reso years ago and wasn't certain I would like it I had the jack pulled through an opening on my fan coverplate. I played it that way for a year then had the jack moved to below the end pin. I play a squareneck guitar and had no problems with the jack placed that way. The coverplate wasn’t damaged at all from the jack.

Edited by - Dobrojan on 01/11/2019 15:58:10

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:26:39 PM
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103 posts since 3/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Dobrojan

When I had a PU installed in my reso years ago and wasn't certain I would like it I had the jack pulled through an opening on my fan coverplate. . . .


Interesting idea!

I had a K&K pickup in my last squareneck and liked it. So I'm pretty sure I'd be happy with one in this one. Sure would everything, though. Thanks!

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:09:10 PM

2850 posts since 7/27/2008

Charlie, since you first became involved with lap style resonator, have you had the opportunity to play a guitar plugged in that is equipped with a Fishman JD/Nashville pickup?

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:45:02 AM

103 posts since 3/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Charlie, since you first became involved with lap style resonator, have you had the opportunity to play a guitar plugged in that is equipped with a Fishman JD/Nashville pickup?


That's way past my pay grade! And for my purposes (pub gigs every couple of weeks where I switch to reso for four or five tunes), a K&K and the Red-Eye are fine.

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:50:52 AM

406 posts since 1/29/2013

If you install an end pin/1/4” jack combo you can’t use a snap-lock with your strap. Right?

Who is Indiana’s unknown luthier? Mr. Guernsey?

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:32:14 PM

103 posts since 3/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by BrianMac

If you install an end pin/1/4” jack combo you can’t use a snap-lock with your strap. Right?

Who is Indiana’s unknown luthier? Mr. Guernsey?


Never tried a snap lock, so I don't know.

Re Indiana luthier - Don't know that, either. If I knew, it wouldn't be unknown. Who's Mr. Guernsey? 

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:54:01 PM

406 posts since 1/29/2013

I assumed you were making a joke about Ivan Guernsey. I know he resides somewhere in Indiana and although I believe he has retired from making squareneck dobros, a case could be made that he is indeed a lesser known builder from Indiana. I thought that was who you were referring to. I've got one of his dobros and have loved it since the day I bought it used a few years back.

I like the safety of locking my strap to the end pin to avoid unwanted dropping of dobro. There are several types available, I think most squareneck guys and gals use this one or something like it...

http://www.elderly.com/schaller-straplock-chrome-strap-lock.htm
 

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:00:35 PM

103 posts since 3/8/2014

I'll Google Ivan, see if anyone comes up. Thanks!

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