OK, I got a wild hair and wound my first pickup last night. It works...not real loud, since the smallest wire I had on hand was 34 gauge, but still not bad. It is a short fat little guy and I like the tone...it tames the highs quite well in comparison to a piezo. A little 2 transistor preamp, and it will be fine.
Anyway, I have obtained a black Cohiba box I want to do my first 4 stringer with, and I want to use the pickup in it. (I built the pickup with 4 poles just for this guitar)
I know that there will be a little more neck stress with 4 strings, and I am wondering about neck strength. This will be a neck thru build, but what will I need to do to brace the neck to make up for where I will need to relieve it for the pickup? Will adding a "doubler" brace under the neck be enough, or will I need to add "wings" as well?
The neck will be red oak, fretted (no separate fretboard, unless that is the best way to retain strength), and I would like to shape the neck a little as well, to make it easier to play.
I don't want to bow the neck with the added tension of the 4th string and the relief cut for the pickup. As far as the pickup position, I am thinking I want it at the base of the neck or relatively close to there, for a more mellow sound. I also would like to relieve the neck under the lid, like I have done my prior builds for a decent unplugged sound, unless that is asking to much as far as strength goes.
Thanks in advance, guys!!