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JBall008
11-12-2005, 02:59 PM
What would it take to be able to mount humbuckers to a body that normally requires pickup rings, without the rings?

I have a couple bodies that are "pickup ring friendly" and was thinking of trying to mount the pickups without. However, there seems to be these "channels" so to speak that are awfully deep that are located under the area that the pickup screws go.

Do you just need extra long springs and screws to make it work? /images/graemlins/scratchhead.gif

Zerberus
11-12-2005, 04:51 PM
Extra long springs, screws, and enough wood to hold the screws. The wood will be a problem on some guitars, youŽll want at least 1/8" or so for the threads to grab onto.

Adding foam rubber under the pickup can stabilize it from rocking back and forth if youŽre bothered by that /images/graemlins/wink.gif

Newc
11-12-2005, 06:51 PM
Cut a dowel to fit in the channels, wood-glue them in place, and knock yourself out /images/graemlins/toast.gif

JBall008
11-12-2005, 11:52 PM
Thanks! Those hints are pretty much what I was thinking needed to be done.

der_kopf
11-13-2005, 09:03 AM
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...and knock yourself out /images/graemlins/toast.gif

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listen carefully buddy!

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zeegler
11-13-2005, 09:17 AM
Don't drive the screws through the back of the guitar! /images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Newc
11-13-2005, 10:29 AM
Alternatively you can fill the pickup route with epoxy and sink the pickup in it, then wait for it to harden.
Just don't ever want to change it, and you have to get the height right the first time.
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Actually, it'd be neat to have some blocks that were cut to fit various pickup routes that you could mount pickups directly into - kinda like the inverse of Gibson's "pickup testing" LP /images/graemlins/idea2.gif /images/graemlins/laugh.gif

quiksilver
11-13-2005, 01:52 PM
Nice product idea there. Someone could sell little pieces of wood (dowel or whatever) with threaded inserts in them, to fit in the plunge cuts on either side of a normal pickup route. That way, you could just glue 'em in place and use regular screws to mount the pickup, instead of screwing up its threads with wood screws.

JBall008
11-13-2005, 09:40 PM
Why exactly are there "plunge cuts" on each side of the pickup route? what purpose do they serve?

zeegler
11-13-2005, 09:48 PM
Some pickups have deeper lugs, and the screws would bottom out in the pickup cavity without those extra cuts.