In the last post, I mentioned I'm going to put a Stratoblaster into the Daddy-O Yellow Danelectro DC-2. Let's get on with it, shall we?
I'm fairly sure the first customer was Jerry Garcia as he was playing Strats at the time this circuit was invented.
Anyway, it's a simple circuit and the schematic is out on the interwebs. I procured a nice kit from General Guitar Gadgets. J.D. Sleep, the fellow behind GGG, has made a couple of nice upgrades to the circuit, so I went with his kit, which you can see above.
I felt like a Danelectro would be a good candidate for this addition - since the famous 'lipstick' pickups are pretty low output and a booster would provide some 'oomph' when needed.
Now we need to mod the DC-2 to install the Blaster into it.
I think it's ok now to call it a Danoblaster.
I used the pickguard as a template to start the new hole in the guitar body for the output jack using a Forstner bit.
This is also an opportunity to see the famous Danelectro plywood internals!
At this point, I was wondering how Sven from Argapa or Toy Making Dad - actual craftsmen - would approach this job.
Although it was probably my head that needed the whacking.
The jack has plenty of clearance as you can see on the test install.
I just got these very nice Japanese bamboo 'repair picks' to use in place of toothpicks. Stew-Mac markets them as 'repair picks,' but if you search the interwebs, you'll find they are actually skewers!
Another instance where an item intended for one purpose can be used for guitar repair.
At any rate, I was going to use them to put glue under the binding tape on the guitar where it was lifting up as it is prone to do.
The cool skewers will have to wait for another day.
The tape in the cutaways on Danelectros is really prone to lifting. Doesn't like to stay stuck down on those curves.