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.
The other modification I made is replacing the 5 position slider switch with 3 on/off mini-toggle switches. I allways liked that feature on alot of the old Japanese and Italian imports allowing you to add the neck/bridge and all 3 pickup settings to the tonal combinations. Again no body alterations, just a custom plate to mount the 3 mini-toggles into. It seems that chambered and semi-hollow bodies are making a big comeback and I can HEAR why. If you own any you know what Im talking about.
Post by: Joey Vercillo