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The Acoustic Gets Some Electrics

This week I did something for the very first time. I cut holes in a perfectly good guitar.

The Fender DG60 is a great guitar. Best guitar ever? No, of course not. But it’s got good action, great tone and feels good in your hands. So why cut holes in it? Well, mostly because I’ve never done it before, but a little bit because I think putting a pickup, and a preamp with a 5-band equalizer into it makes it, if not better, at least a more versatile guitar. So let’s take a look.

The Hardware

The hardware is a 10 MΩ, 20Hz – 20KHz preamp with 5-band equalizer and digital tuner, under-saddle peizo pickup, 1/4 inch and XLR outputs, all powered by a 9-volt battery. The battery compartment is integrated with the output module, so it’s easy to replace the battery without removing the preamp from the guitar. It also has an on-off switch, so you don’t have to remove the battery when you aren’t using it, which isn’t always the case.

As per standard, the peramp is going on the top side of the upper bout, and I’m putting the output module down below the strap button for convenience for on-stage, amplified playing.

The Install

I started by taping off the install locations, marking out the cuts, then rough cutting the holes. I cleaned up the holes with fine-cut files to get them exactly the right size with nice, clean edges.

Removed the tape, connected wires, and screwed units into place.

Next step will be to get some strings on it and reset the height of the saddle now that it has a pickup under it in the bridge slot. Stay tuned.

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