And, more modding madness; this time it's my 20-year-old acoustic that got some more love.
I've had this Woody XL soundhole pickup for a while, and I love the tone (especially after I tweaked the posts), but I've never been a fan of that freakish long (and non-removable) cable hanging off the face. Since I rarely take the Woody out, and the guitar sounds great unplugged with it in place, I decided to make it permanent.
The main issue was I have Schaller strap locks and any endpin jack I've found (especially in gold) would mean losing one of them. I took some video of the inside of the body and realized I had plenty of room to put the jack below the strap lock, so that's what I did.
I couldn't justify spending US$70 on the reamer drill bit from StewMac so I bought a hand-held one, drilled a smallish pilot hole, and reamed the 1/2" hole by hand. Took a while, but I had total control over the process and the tool only cost me US$8. Big difference, and I felt really Old Skool not using a power tool.