Can anyone point me in the right direction. I am trying to restore (get working) a nylon solid body from the eighties (Washburn). The pickup is broken. It is a piezo with the wire leaving the pickup in the center NOT on an end. If I can find another pickup I can easily (I hope) wire it in the guitar and make the instrument useful again? Any ideas? Thanks!
Get a replacement and drill a new hole for it? They are really cheap. finding the original style sounds really difficult.
It is a solid body and there is no way to drill a new hole for another pickup.
That is certainly a possibility but the guitar is not worth that amount of work.
in that case go to Radio Shack and buy a $4.00 piezo buzzer part#273-0073.....take it out of the plastic cover snip blk & red to 1" ,solder a good !/8 "-3/16" cable to blk & red, custom to your desire, to female or male...mount w/1"scotch double sided foam tape...I encase the piezo in epoxy on the back only...others may not like this idea but it works for me!!!! You should run this to a preamp/EQ for best results.....it ain't rocket science just a little outdated!!!
Could you post a picture of the bridge & saddle for us, Sylvan? I may have a suggestion or two for an alternative, but I'll have to see the bridge design to determine if it's applicable in this case. Or, if you can supply the model #, I can look through online Washburn catalogs for the info.
Also, the method Tim describes is, as he says, outdated, but it's a pretty standard "Hail Mary" procedure.
Given the fact that the instrument was never intended to be a stand-alone acoustic, some creative routing of the saddle slot may be a workable solution to return the instrument to a useable stage instrument...exactly what it was designed to be.
Thanks, Sylvan :-)
The instrument is at a local music store. I will retrieve it tomorrow and take some photos. Thanks for the help!
Cool. I think you'll be able to get it back into usable condition.
Have a great day, Sylvan.:)
I may have the unit you are looking for. This one is a BB centre lead pick up from the 80's.
ps. I'm in BC, Canada..
It sure looks like it would work. I am in Boston. What do you want for the pickup? Thanks so much!
Here are some photographs of the pickup and bridge assembly.
The pick up I have is 2 13/16" long and will fit in a 3/32" saddle slot, so you would have to make a couple of filler strips to keep it in the 1/4" slot on the Washburn, but I'm sure it would work OK.
Let me double check to make sure that it works and I'll get back to you.