1 giffenf 2 months ago A couple of months ago I started modding this Eastman John Pisano model to make it a little more rockabilly-friendly. When I saw it for sale, its striking orange color and beautiful flame made me think it would be a real looker, while being a practical player, with its 1.75” nut and ebony fingerboard (I didn’t notice at first that it’s only a 20-fret neck, but I can live with that). And when I got it, I concluded I was right, because it is indeed gorgeous. So much so that I couldn’t bring myself to muck around with it or drill new holes in it. And that lasted a while, but as usual, I got over it.First I added a gold B-3 in place of the stock tailpiece, then a stainless Tru Arc, and some gold Dunlop Straploks. But the pickups, while good sounding as jazz humbuckers go, didn’t get the sound I wanted. So when I think of tonal versatility in pickups, I think Mel Waldorf’s Alameda Off Kiltertrons. These, along with his clever wiring of a 6-position rotary switch, provide more options than I’ll likely need in any single gig, and plenty of possibilities.So I had Mel make me a pair with gold covers, and got the pickups in a couple days ago. One thing I discovered after mounting the Bigsby was that it made reaching the pickup selector, which was down by the tone controls, a little tough to get to quickly while playing. So when I installed the pickups, I put the rotary switch in that hole and moved the pickup selector up to the upper bass bout, and it’s very convenient there. Here are a few pics of the process.