Last year at NAMM, Eastwood grand poobah Mike Robinson and I were talking about hot rods and custom jobs. He’d said one of the truly fun things he dug about motorcycle riding was tripping out your bike with custom touches that made it your own. This led into talk about custom guitars and some of his favorite custom shots people had sent in to him with their modified Eastwoods and Airlines. He sent me a couple of cool pictures at one point of wild things people had done to their guitars, and it got me thinking about a long-neglected project of mine with an old Silvertone/Danelectro. Most of the mods I do are on amps—and they tend to be unseen, unless you look under the hood—but here was a guitar job that would be obvious to anyone who saw it.
I own several of Eastwoods Airline re-issues with those marvelous chambered bodies but my signiture stage sound over several decades is the one produced by the strat single coil pickups. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to mount 3 strat style pickups into my white Airline deluxe and see what happened. The combination of the chambered body and the single coils is awesome, very full and woody sounding. No alterations to the guitar body are necessary using rings I found through Allparts that are the same size as humbucker rings.
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