#1
hey i'm thinking about buying a guitar with only a bridge pickup.
how much of a pain in the ass would it be to add a neck pickup, volume knob, and pickup selecter?
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#2
Unless you have a fair amount of wood working experience, I don't think that I would bother. Unless it was a cheap (free!) guitar and I wanted to get some experience. I imagine that it will vary depending on the guitar, but you're looking, at the very least, at a good bit of new routing (for the pickup, wires, pots, etc...). I'm sure that I'm missing something...But good luck if you decide to go that route!
#3
If you even have to ask then you shouldn't be trying it.

Not least of all, something like that would require a complete stripping of the body. By the time you took all the existing finish off and re-finished it, you could be looking at literally months of work if you wanted the final finish to be at all good, and you certainly wouldn't be saving any money.
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#4
Yes it's no way to save a few bucks! Eddie Van Halen's first album guiatr had just a single HB in the bridge position but hey, he's Eddie! If you really want two PUs buy a guitar with two PUs!
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Yes it's no way to save a few bucks! Eddie Van Halen's first album guiatr had just a single HB in the bridge position but hey, he's Eddie! If you really want two PUs buy a guitar with two PUs!

Yes, but only because he couldn't figure out how to wire the neck pickup in
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#7
Actually I think he didn't have enough money at the time to buy a guiatr so he made his up from pieces. (Don't money's an issue now!)
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#8
how hard it would be depends entirely on the guitar. if its a strat style guitar with a pickguard over where you want to put the pickup, you can get away with lousy routing. then just buy another pickguard that has a space for a pickup, and go from there. if its a guitar where you would have to mount the pickup to the body, you better be damn good with a router. if you have good woodworking skills, it isnt going to be prohibitivly hard. however, since you are asking about it, i dont think thats the case. which means dont do it.
#9
The issue may be getting the wires from the neck pickup to the controls. If it has a pickguard not a big deal. But if its a rear route with no guard you will have to carefully drill a hole from the control cavity to the neck pickup. Bolt necks not a huge deal you can drill from the neck pocket but need a long drill bit to do it.
#10
if you were really good with a router then go ahead but itll b hard no matter what. it would be alot easier if you found a routing pattern so you know were to go