Patent Number: 6,253,654

Title: Electric stringed instrument with interchangeable pickup assemblies which connect to electronic components fixed within the guitar body

Abstract: An electric stringed instrument, e.g. an electric guitar, featuring a body having a rectangular shaped, through-the-body cutout between the neck and bridge, and having a connector in a portion of the cutout. Pins on the connector are wired to electronic control components that are permanently fixed in the body. A rapidly interchangeable pickup assembly containing one or more pickups, in any combination of single and dual coils, fits into the cutout. Many and varied pickup assemblies, each with different characteristics of tone, strength, and frequency range emphasis can be interchangeably installed into the cutout. A connector on the pickup assembly mates with the body connector, thus accomplishing an electrical connection between the pickups in the assembly and the control electronics. The pickup assembly, having no control electronics on it, is light, compact, and easily maneuvered with one hand into and out of the cutout from the rear of the instrument. Once securely installed, the pickup assembly is in the optimum position to respond to string vibration. This vibration is converted into an electrical signal, sent and processed through the control electronics to an external unit for amplification.

Inventors: Mercurio; Peter G (Gloucester, MA)


International Classification: G10D 1/00 (20060101); G10D 1/08 (20060101); G10D 001/08 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018