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Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 801
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 8:39 pm:   Edit Post

Really looking for some help and advice on a non-Alembic. I recently acquired a 1991 Gibson Chet Atkins SST. This is the guitar that is kind of a hybrid between an acoustic and electric guitar. It has some type of bridge transducer pickup. The pickup is shot and needs to be replaced. Any ideas on what type of pickup would replace this one and allow me to also use the volume control and treble and bass controls? The guitar is a 1991 model and is white. The pic I have posted is not the one I have, but looks pretty much like this one - same color. The white ones are kind of rare I think. Anyway....not an Alembic, but a pretty cool guitar (I think once I get it sounding right)

Thanks everyone! (Oh I contacted Gibson and they are no help. Vague in their answer. They say the guitar is discontinued and they no longer use this pickup. They do not tell me what it is or was.)
Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 383
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 - 4:55 am:   Edit Post

Good luck, David - & I'm not surprised Gibson was less than helpful. I once asked them if they knew of a source for nylon Tune-A-Matic saddles. They replied that they do not sell tuner saddles.

Intermediate Member
Username: 3rd_ray

Post Number: 169
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 - 7:09 am:   Edit Post

I don't have a good answer, but one idea is to buy another one and swap out the electronics.

Epiphone has a version of this, does it have the same piezo pickup? (I doubt it, but it might work.)

Another idea would be to ask a luthier who uses piezos. A google search should turn up something.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3461
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post


The most detail I can find in my resources is that it is a "transducer bridge pickup with built-in preamp". I'd check with Fishman and/or L.R. Baggs. They may be able to point you in the direction of a drop-in replacement. Or, bring it to a good luthier. Either way, good luck, a very cool guitar.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 802
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 - 9:28 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, guys. I'll keep y'all informed on the progress.
Intermediate Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 194
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 - 5:03 pm:   Edit Post

Check with Sadowsky, they buid a similar geetar..

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