Posted on January 12, 2010March 3, 2022 by Dale Phillips Review: Installing Transducer Pickup Systems by Dan Erlewine Review: Installing Transducer Pickup Systems by Dan Erlewine Reviewed by John Calkin Originally published in American Lutherie #65, 2001 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Six, 2013 Video: Installing Transducer Pickup Systems Dan Erlewine Stewart-MacDonald, 1999 The music stores for which I used to do guitar repairs used to sell transducers at a hefty discount, then charge a flat $25 installation fee. Their normal hourly rate was $33. It’s easy to put in a transducer in an hour or less. Making it function properly is another matter, and many of those guitars came back for adjustments that would never have been necessary had the time been granted to do the job right in the first place. This video is about doing the job right the first time. The guitar top is precisely jacked up to simulate string tension, the saddle slot is routed accurately and with a flat bottom, a new saddle is made, and adjustments are made to the bridge to correct the string angle as it comes off the saddle. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.