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"Cowboy" mods for an Ibanez 2680

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:55 pm
by jmal
Hey all,

I'm wondering about what mods I should consider to make an Ibanez 2680 more "cowboy fancy" like. Major things I'd like to do are add a middle single coil, add coil taps for the hum-buckers, and replace the three-way switch with on/off for each pickup. Some questions:

The guitar I have doesn't have the original hum-buckers. Are the stock PUs in a 2680 basically PAF clones? Is there a PU you'd recommend?

What about the middle single coil? Any recommendations?

As for switches - where can I find the type of on/off switches for the pickups similar to what's on Cowboy?

I've done a bit of research about the MC400-500 active EQ that's in the cowboy guitar and that seems pretty interesting but they seem really difficult to come by. Is there a modern recommendation? Otherwise I might forgo that for now. Seems like something I could easily replicate with a pedal anyway.

Thanks so much!!

Re: "Cowboy" mods for an Ibanez 2680

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:58 pm
by mkaufman
I have a complete set of Cowboy pickups you can use. I also have a complete Ibanez EQ that Weir used.

ace

Re: "Cowboy" mods for an Ibanez 2680

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:31 pm
by lbpesq
I used to have an Ibanez 2680 Bob Weir Professional model. IIRC, the stock pickups were Ibanez Flying Fingers which are excellent pickups. The guitar was definitely on the heavy side and the neck was way chunky.

Bill, tgo

Re: "Cowboy" mods for an Ibanez 2680

PostPosted:Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:05 am
by strumminsix
Think your best bet is to work with MK above.

But I'll start by giving generic advice:
- PAF type pickups. Peary Gates are good modern ones!
- The mini toggles are: series parallel and single
- Out of Phase switching was included as well

My main Weir type guitar uses the tone pot to engage OOP.

^^ recipe above for getting into the zone. There are other and more purist ways to get there.

Re: "Cowboy" mods for an Ibanez 2680

PostPosted:Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:25 pm
by jmal
Thanks for the tips! I’m getting those pickups and eq from MK and I’ll post more follow ups when the guitar’s all put together.