“Really, there couldn’t be an easier installation,” says Freddie. “Using a fresh #11 X-Acto blade, I had the pickup installed in no time. The installation could be done so that it’s completely reversible—with the exception of the endpin jack installed in the tail block—although you could run the pickup wires out the soundhole, and then fasten them to a jack taped somewhere on the guitar’s body.”
I love finding out what my fellow techs are up to in their shops. Plus, talking with someone like Freddie, I get to enjoy a little nostalgia. I know he wishes he had kept the ’58 Custom shown in the photo below. I have a guitar regret of my own—I traded the Jazzmaster for the ’59 Les Paul that I later traded to Mike Bloomfield for his ’54 goldtop.