This super killer, previously refinished '51 Gibson SJ is back in the shop for a pickup swap. The old Fishman was giving the player trouble so he supplied a JJB Electronics pickup for me to install for him. These pickups are pretty much identical to the K&K Pure Mini's. Check the video below for the install.
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A big and beautiful 1939 L-7 archtop on the bench for a bunch of repairs. You can see some of the work done here. These repairs include new frets, new relic Waverly tuners, back binding repairs, side cracks and a K&K Devinity system pickup installation. I must say that I'm not normally impressed with acoustic pickups but this newer K&K pickup sounds very warm and transparent. I installed one of the older K&K archtop pickups in a 1940's Epiphone Emperor years ago and found it sounded very hollow and out of phase (even with correcting the phase with a preamp). Archtops can be difficult to amplify acoustically. After hearing this pickup I recommend that you give the K&K Devinity a try.
A walnut slope shoulder dread in for a new bone nut, saddle and bridge pins. The player had attempted to remove the original finished-in nut himself and ended up damaging the finish so we opted to touch up around the nut. The guitar was also amplified with a K&K Pure Mini installation on the bridge plate.
Harp guitar pickup install :: 2015 Carruth Harp Guitar "Thumbelina" [6.4 lbs]
Ken Bonfield stopped by the shop last night to have a K&K pickup installed in his new Alan Carruth harp guitar. This is an incredible instrument. The neck and upper harp are both detachable from the main body and fold into a small custom case for travel.
Video was shot of this pickup installation along with some minor neck angle tweaks and featured on the vlog.