Did an installation of the JJB Prestige ukulele pickup two weeks back on an Ohana willow wood concert.
Willow isn’t particularly common as a tonewood. It is mostly used on entry level laminate guitars and ukes. I guess the grains are nice enough.
For this installation, I reversed the order of work a bit while waiting for my drill to be charged.
The Bearclaw Special came first.
I gave the uke a good clean up and fretboard moisturising. Lemon oil and 0000 steel wool – good friend of rosewood fretboard. 🙂
Drilling a 12mm hole at the base. Remember to tape up the base to avoid cracks and chips.
We’re almost there. The step bit makes work rather slow.
OK. Nice and neat 12mm hole we need.
Test the pickup
The JJB Prestige 110 has a single transducer and is easy to install. First plug it into an amp to check for sound. Tap the transducer lightly. If there is sound, it is working.
I use a jack and thin cable as a fishing line. Insert through the base.
Exit through the sound hole and connect the jack to the pickup. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo here. But here’s a photo from previous project to help you get the idea.
Pull out the fishing line back through the base and the pickup input jack will get into position.
Use a small plier and towel to carefully tighten the jack. Nicely done.
I went on to glue the transducer under the bridge plate. Not an easy task because the soundhole is so small and the uke is so thin. Here is another photo from previous project.
Test drive the installation. All good.
A photo of the sexy back. Looks a lil bit like bocote.
I gave the uke a final polish because of all the fingerprints after all the work done.
Clover boy says OK!