A T-40 heart transplanted into a Ray5 body?
I've recently aquired a decent T-40 and a SUB Ray5 and I got great deals on both of them. Then I got to thinking....what if I put all of the T-40 electronics in the Ray5? It would be a ligher, 5 string version of the T-40 (sort of). I think it could be done fairly easily. I would also want to make to where I could switch them back if I wanted to.
So here's how I was thinking it could be done. Remove the Ray5 pickguard and pickup and disconnect the battery wiring, leaving everything intact so I could just drop it back in if I wanted to. The MM pickup route in the body looks big enough for the toaster brige pickup. Also, there is enough room in the pots cavity for all of the T40 electronics. I would only need to route the area where the bridge pickup would be installed. Next I would buy a blank Ray5 pickguard and cut holes for the T-40 pickups, V-V-T-T pots, jack, and the 2 toggle switches, Then I would remove all of these parts from the T-40 pg and intall them in the Ray5. Since the T-40 has such wide string spacing plus blade pickups, I think the pickups should work under the narrow spacing of a Ray5. The width of the strings on the Ray5 is about identical to the width of the blades on the toaster pickups.
So all said and done, I would be out the cost of a blank pick guard, a jack (if I wanted to leave the one in the Peavey alone), and my time. If I didn't like it and wanted to switch back, the stock Ray5 pg would cover my routing job and would now be "chambered". What do you guys think?
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