Pickup Install on a D2H

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rudals1281
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Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1814Post rudals1281
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:34 pm

Hello!
I want to install a pickup on a D2H but hate the thought of drilling holes on my guitar. (I waited 10 years to get this guitar). I am planning on installing a K&K w/ prephase but please let me know if there is or are pickups that don't need drilling. And what should I do with a guitar strap? I cannot insert one cus there is no pin by the neck. Thanks

AllThumbsBruce
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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1816Post AllThumbsBruce
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:58 pm

You can use a K&K mini with the Vintage jack that doesn't require drilling. For a strap, you can tie one to the headstock instead of installing a strap pin at the neck base. I considered those options but ended up installing a regular jack and a strap pin on my D2HG.

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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1817Post Hokiebob
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:36 pm

What Bruce did is the most common solution.
The mini jack will replace the end pin with no drilling.
Adding a pin on the neck is very common and should not impact the value of your guitar at all. Indeed Collings even has a diagram showing the ideal location for the strap pin.

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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1818Post elambo
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:24 am

Chiming in here to add an enthusiastic vote for the K&K mini w/ vintage jack. I had one and thought it was excellent in every way.

rudals1281
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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1819Post rudals1281
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:37 am

I'll go with the recommendation. Thank you all for chiming in. I may be a bit uptight about drilling into my guitar but I'll avoid it if I can.

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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1822Post pto
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:55 pm

that combo is the way to go. years ago, i purchased a used and superb scgc 34D, with the k&k/vintage-jack combo installed. i hate pick-ups, and removing the k&k's from the bridge-plate was easy, and perfectly safe (per their instructions) - i even did a photo step-by-step. the jack goes without saying - no drilling/reaming had been done by the original owner to accommodate the "vintage" jack.

make sure you follow, or have your luthier follow, the installation instructions for placement of pickups.

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Re: Pickup Install on a D2H

Post: # 1823Post Mwyates
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:01 pm

K&K with a Vintage Jack is all I use. Have a pro do the install. Collings endpins are glued in.

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