1 Berry 1 week ago Normally, I don't come down on the side of hacking up vintage guitars, but lately I've been wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to "do" something with a '63 6186 I've got lying about. I have a same-year Tennessean that now needs a pickup transplant and I figured that once the 6186 gave up it's H-Tron, I could set about doing who knows what sorts of wild and twisted things to the carcass. First thoughts were some sort of head-stock overlay, Gretsch bigsby, wild paintjob, and (of course) a second pickup. Hell, maybe even a third...I know these guitars are student models so its not like I'm hacking up a 6120 or anything...When I was on this page YEARS ago, I know the prevailing opinion was to leave 'em alone, even if its a Clipper. But, have attitudes changed? AND, does anyone know a good custom-shop / luthier near Philly they would trust with something like this?