ELECTRIFY Your Acoustic Guitar

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About: i love building and recycling things, since i was young, but now i got more on to guitars and electronics..

This instructable I will show you how to convert your acoustic guitar to electric guitar.
My modification was done on a cheap acoustic guitar, the modifications consisted of converting it to a "Fat Strat" config.

I suggest you DO NOT do it to a pricey acoustic guitar or any acoustic guitar that you REALLY LOVE and just want to keep that acoustic guitar on it's way. If you want to do this, better buy an acoustic guitar that is cheap.

Pros: You get to Electrify your acoustic.
Cons: Sacrifice much of it"s Tone

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Step 1: Pick-up Routing

materials:
Some extra wood
plywood
industrial glue
saw
cutter

others:
pick-ups
wires
guitar switch(it is up to you what switch you need)

First of all you need to route the areas where you need to place your pick-ups.

Step 2: Adding New Braces


Since the original braces were taken away, I had to device a way to keep the strength of the guitar's body.
I used excess wood from the guitars that I have built (I always keep all extra wood when I build a guitar).

Step 3: Create a Pick Guard


Not really that necessary, but it depends on what guitar you modify, since I needed something to hold the other two single-coils, I had to build one.

Step 4: Install Electronics


Install all electronics, the electronic config that I used is simple, 5 way with 1 volume.

Step 5: Finish and Test


After finishing it I added some other modifications just to make it look "cooler".

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    Fumop

    Question 5 weeks ago

    Bro can u please share any information about how this is gonna sound? Thanks in advance. Awesome project!

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    VAustin89Fumop

    Answer 5 weeks ago

    this has been modified and I just left out the HB on the bridge position with one tone and one volume knob.. guitar sounds thin when using an amp, destroys the sound when using it as an acoustic guitar, and you have a constant duel against feedback when the drive/distortion is up.. haha.. My little brother has been using this for the last year since he started picking up the instrument serves well for him, I'll be buying him a legit electric guitar when I save enough.

    I wouldn't advise on doing it, but if you have a cheap guitar lying around a great DIY project to pass time..

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    PatH93

    2 years ago

    How did you ground the electric pickups?

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    Logan302

    3 years ago

    Very cool

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    raxel

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Kuyawa ani oi! Makaihi man sad ang audience ani inig gamit nimo! 2 thumbs up I like!

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    VAustin89raxel

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Out from nowhere a fellow BISAYA surfaces, hahaha! =D, salamat sa pg.lantaw sa ako binuhat bai. =D

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    raxelVAustin89

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Mao lagi. Maghimo sad unta kog akong guitara labon na tumba among nangka. Nindut daw ang nanggka ingon nila kay naa na daan dala glue. hahahaha.

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    LiftAndLove

    6 years ago on Introduction

    You know they do sell little things that fit snugly into your sound-hole on the guitar. They have a few leaf springs that keep them in there, and you can plug them into an amp. Much easier than 'destroying' or altering your acoustic, especially if it's a nice one!

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    VAustin89LiftAndLove

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    acoustically this guitar sucks, it looks cool that is why I bought it. I do have an acoustic guitar that I cherish that I would not dare do this "mod". A shitty-sounding guitar + DIY = Unlimited modification.

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    VAustin89noob006

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, magnetic pick ups can't be used with nylon strings, if you want to electrify a nylon string guitar use piezo type pick ups.

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    winnetouch

    7 years ago on Step 5

    There are better and easier ways of diong this without ruining your guitar. You esentially ruined the chamber and guitar body by drilling holes in it and putting something in that effects the sound resonating. I would rather suggest putting a good quality microphone in to the body or a pickup that is mounted on the hole of the body. But if the guitar is worthles to you, go ahead :P.