Off the wall and out of the box guitar modifications always present a challenge. This latest one really proved to get my artistic juices flowing.

My son’s friend Kyle (A Bass Player) presented this latest challenge, his grandfather had passed away and left him with an old Zippo lighter a gift that he treasures and is quite nostalgic to him.

Kyle wanted it mounted in his Squire P Bass, we brainstormed together and thought of different ways to display his grandfather’s gift.

Originally the idea was to rout a small pocket in the body and make a plexi-glass cover.  We just couldn’t find the right spot.

After 1/2 an hour of “What about here? What about this?” it was if grandpa slapped us in the head with a golden 2 x 4.  The Guitar Gods up there working their magic I suppose.

I turned to Kyle and said “What about turning the Zippo sideways, just below the neck, make it look like a small humbucking pick?  We both agreed – “Cool”  That was working with and listening to the customer.  Now it was time to make the dream a reality.

I started by making the cut out in the pick guard for the Zippo/Humbucker, using a scribe to outline the

Zippo, I drilled small holes for my coping saw.  After making the cut out in the pick guard, I reinstalled it on the body of the Squire P Bass, so that I could scribe the outline for the body rout.

Using my router and a straight flute bit, I won’t bore you with the small details, like removing the neck and cutting the wire’s..etc..etc..

Rout was made, and I glued the Zippo/Humbucker in with “Duco Cement”

Good Stuff – Started putting it back to gether, getting to the bridge, yeap, that came off too.  I noticed the screws were a sloppy fit.

(Some Dowel Rods and Glue) Sloppy no more.

Needless to say, Kyle was ecstatic about the results.

Moral of the story – no matter how much you think you know everything, and us guitar tech’s often think we do, listen to the customer’s wishes, and something will come of it when you analyze what is wanted and what needs to happen to get it done..