Modded my Eman Starcaster

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by drmilktruck, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    David built and assembled this one for me a few months ago. Here's the original NGD thread:

    http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/ngd-eman-starcaster.194960/

    However I had broader goals for the guitar, so I brought it to my guy Ted Vig in St. Paul and he put in a Graph Tech Ghost piezo system.

    IMG_5056.jpeg IMG_5058.jpeg

    The controls are electric pickup selector switch on the upper treble bout; Piezo only - mixed - Mag only selector switch & piezo volume on the upper rear; electric tone & volume on the lower rear.

    The piezo pickup sounds good on its own although course no one will mistake it for a real Martin. Blends well with the DiMarzio Eric Johnsons, which are brighter hum buckers.

    Jack is single output with a mono cable or dual output with a y-cable. With the regular cable it sounds very good played any way through the Electromatic 6161 amp the guitar is resting on.

    With a little help from Kokopelli too.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I would like to hear your guitar, post a clip if you can

    Oh, the Kokopelli, one of my favorite symbols. It represents, mirth, music, fertility and a dozen or more things I can’t remember.

    It is good you have the G version of that symbol on your guitar and not the original.....:eek:
     
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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Interesting mods, Jim!
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    61
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I like the fretboard. Enjoy the mods
     
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  5. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    421
    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    with Kokopelli on there, you Have to play "The Joker!"
     
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Interesting mod Jim. Would love to hear it...
    There really wasn't a better alternative for wiring the piezos the way they are?
     
  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    That thing is so cool Doc!
     
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  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Spectacular, Jim.
     
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Unfortunately no. Ted told me the wiring was too short and it was difficult to reach them from the rear rout as it's a semi-hollowbody.
     
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  10. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    What a gorgeous guitar.
     
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