Ever seen anything like this?
Yup, similar type on a Melody Maker.
It's a McCarty Pickup
yes, McCarty pickguard/pickup combo. They came in single and double pickup models.
If you had an acoustic archtop that you liked and needed occasional amplification, you went with the McCarty- it's a lot like the monkey-on-a-stick Bill Haley used. Back in the day I used to see McCarty pickup/ pickguard setups once in awhile, almost always the single pickup type. I'd imagine doubles are extremely rare.
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