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

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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    PatH93

    1 year ago

    How did you ground the electric pickups?

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    Logan302

    2 years ago

    Very cool

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    raxel

    5 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 5 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 5 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

    5 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 5 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 5 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

    6 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.

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    jaxboy

    7 years ago on Introduction


    Nice "structible! Your guitar looks like it was designed to be modified to begin with. You did a good job. A tip: You said you couldn't locate suitable material to make the pick guard area with. Have you considered counter tops? Construction crews regularly throw out the cut-out area for the sink. Soak the piece for about a week in water, and the chipboard base will have disintegrated. Then just scrape off the remainder and sand off the backside of the laminate remaining for a nice piece of plastic finger guard! There are many different colors and patterns to choose from, too.

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    VAustin89jaxboy

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. Well, thank you for the information, I haven't thought of using that material, maybe on my next guitar build I'll use that one.