Intact 65 MM, putting in new pickups/pickguard/frets. Any advice or support
I found a relatively intact cherry 65 melody maker with two pickups. I was primarily interested because it's light and I have carpal tunnel on the left side, I can actually wear this without a special harness, and I got a good price. It's right at 5 pounds, but needed a refret and because I gig and want a more versatile sound, so I found the Lollar Melody Maker p90's which don't require any routing. They have a solid rep, and are the only pickups that again, don't require routing - at least that I know of.
SO it'll still be completely reversible/intact, no modifications. If I sell it I'll have the original pickguard/pickups/wiring all intact as well on a separate pickguard. So this will have all new frets (not necessarily good for resale but necessary) and new pickups and wiring. I can't wait. Will be interesting to see how different it sounds and plays. I'm having this done by Tim Schroeder in Chicago, after doing a lot of research on parts and guitar techs.
If anyone has any words of wisdom on what to expect or cautionary tales etc, let me know. I'm glad that I was careful enough to do this in a way that is completely reversible, but am very excited about having a guitar that won't require a special "SpinStrap" harness worn around my waist to hold up the guitar. That SpinStrap is amazing, but I'm really looking forward to going old-school once again.