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routing epiphone 56 gt

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If i choose this guitar I may want to put in full sized humbuckers, is this a good idea to route it or should i just get mini humbuckers and if i decide on the latter, where do i get them

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Buying a '56 GT just to cut it up and put a set of full-size humbuckers in seems like a pretty bad idea to me. If you want humbuckers that much, get a Les Paul that already has them in. The '56 GT is becoming a rarity nowadays, so it seems a shame to do anytting so drastic to it.

 

However, I like the idea of putting mini humbuckers in it. There is a member on the forum who has already done this, so you may want to ask him for his thoughts on the subject.

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If you like the gold top look but prefer humbuckers over the P90's you can put minihumbuckers in it. Just be sure that you send the P90's to me PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE! LOL.

You can get the mini's at Guitar Fetish. Don't molest the gt by cutting it up.

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Yep...baaaaad idea. But, if you do, could you send the pickups to 11 Pond Street Westerly Rhode Island 02891...I may even pay ya for them.

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A friend of mine has a gibson gold top with humbucks.. routed to fit.

But he lost his finish in the process.

 

A pro can do it. An amatuer could wind up with chipped paint.

the paint is like a veneer.. except more like plastic.. you have to have really sharp router bits and know exactly what you're doing.

 

It can be done, it can be nice. But I don't beleive it's going to be cheap.

 

I would also suggest.. hotter p90s..

I use hot p90s in two of my guitars and for my money they have everything humbucks do and then some.

but minis are also a good choise..

research magnet type, and output.. and choose well and you should be cool.

 

TWANG

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Hell ... just buy the Slash LP. You get your gold top, your 'buckers, those cool tuners, even a case and a nifty strap! Sounds like the best of all possible worlds to me!

 

Jim

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i didnt know the mini-buckers would drop in without any modification....

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Look for a goldtop with humbuckers, there's plenty of them out there. I believe there was a 57 reissue with humbucks, there's also the Slash GT that has already been mentioned. Don't to a chop job on a 56 when they geetar you want has already been made.

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I might be wrong but I think that forum member JCWILLOW replaced p90's with minihumbuckers in his gt. He might be able to tell you if they just drop in or if any routing needed to be done. You might send him a pm and ask him.

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Putting mini-humbuckers in a P-90 space requires a small metal plate put into the bottom in order to attach the mounting screws.

 

Re-routing the P-90 space for a full-size humbucker will leave you with holes shaped like this:

 

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There is extra space on both sides of the P-90, so with a humbucker you'll have extra space on the ends. You may be able to cover it with extra-big mounting rings, but unless you make them yourself, you're stuck with space.

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