I read drsaurabh's article about making pickups. i have heard of a way to make easy pickups.if any one has any idea about this do reply. i am not sure of this. From the old telephones unscrew the reciever and simply place it under the strings. the two wires coming out of the reciever goes to the soundbox. that simple. but the catch is that new phones have different technology so this works only for old phones.[one with magnets].