I'm new to your forum, and as you may guess from my username, I am a scavenger. When I acquire a thing I like, I use junk to repair it to functional and as close to original condition as I can.
Imagine my amazement when an old friend offered to sell me his late father's electric bass (for $50
), a guitar which the old man appeared in pictures holding, with country greats like Hank Williams Sr and Loretta Lynn. Mr. Williams (my friend's father) played in a pickup band in the mid sixties in Nashville. I think this is a Klira 562 Arkansas like you were so fondly discussing
The guitar had one pickup which did not work due to the selector switch being broken, and a broken string. Although I could not find the flat rolled strings to replace the originals, I was able to take the selector switch apart and repair the epoxy board, thereby returning the guitar to a functional state, with newer style strings.
Afterward, when a luthier friend of mine asked me how the repair went, I replied (in a moment of extremely rare poetic genius), "She plays like butter, and sounds like thunder."
I can't find anything that sounds like those pickups. I have done a goodly amount of research to figure this one out, and even tried building a few pickups myself (I'm an electronics technician by trade). Not being a guitar tech, and no longer having contact with said luthier friend, I'm looking for some info on either how to replicate that sound for use in a six string I am building, or where to get a set of those pickups, though I would rather build them. Any ideas?
Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks.