Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Adding a 3rd pickup to a les paul
I just bought a les paul and Im one of those guys who really doesnt give a damn about originality. Im looking to customize this thing heavily. It came stock with a kahler trem but has dot inlays and two pickups only. I was thinking more along the lines of added block inlays, and a third pickup. I know the inlays are expensive but most of the jemsite sponsors have no prices posted for les paul style guitars. This one does have binding which extends over the edges of the frets which id like to keep but i know is expensive. Basically what im looking to do is strip the back of the neck for that zakk wylde les paul feel, add a third humbucker in the middle and do the inlays. Right now the guitar is candy apple red but i would be willing to do a complete refinish. This will have been the most expensive mod Ive done so far and I really want to get it right. Id like to do the neck stripping myself and add the third pickup as well, and let one of our sponsors do the workl. Ive already been at the les paul forum, but honestly those guys arent into customizing their guitars, just some routine maintenance *dan erlewine is a regular forum member if that tells you anything*. What type of problems might i run into with the pickup routing? What type of bits will I need and what template? Im just lost here truthfully.