MODIFICATIONS TO A 2009 HOFNER GALAXIE SOLID GUITAR -
See and read about Olaf's 1st Stage Modification Project
COURTESY OF OLAF POETER, GERMANY:
Now that I am retired, I finally got around to changing my "modern-day"
Hofner Galaxy (built in 2009) for the third time. The first
modification is already in this Vintage Hofner gallery, and has been for
several years. That first modification was the installation of an Eric Clapton
Stratocaster circuit with a 12 dB mid boost and a tone pot with bass and treble
bleed. Later on, I installed a Fender roller nut in order to avoid de-tuning
during vibrato usage. Having done all this, I became aware that the original pickups were
pretty poor. They were lacking the transfer of the sparkling treble frequencies
which the guitar provided when being played dry (without plugging into an amp).
For this reason I have now mounted a set of Duesenberg Pickups,
which actually cost as much as the whole guitar when I bought it! Unfortunately,
I had to carve a new pickguard because of the different pickup size, but now it
is ready. The photos on this page show the finished product.
The Fender active electronics pcb is protected by the
These Duesenberg pickups do what the
Chinese-made Hofner pups were not capable of! Great sparkling treble tones, even
though the neck and bridge pups are mini humbuckers (called "Little Toasters").
I also installed a 6-way toggle switch (called a Freeway Switch) which now
provides the following options:
actually ended up swapping the humbuckers, so that the active coils in the
toggle positions 4 and 6 are in the opposite direction to each other now. This is what creates
a Strat-like tone which is much better than shown above.)
This job was not easy, but I believe that I have now achieved the best
possible sound out of this guitar. The lesson I have learnt is that if the body
and neck construction of a guitar is good, and if it sounds great played
un-amplified, then you can upgrade it considerably with good hardware
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