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Neck Pickup Mounted Directly to Body

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by bobbyogata, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. bobbyogata

    bobbyogata TDPRI Member

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    Can anyone point me to instructions on how to mount the neck pickup directly into the body rather than screw it into the pickguard?
     

  2. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    The screws need to be 'wood screws' with a sharp pointy point not machine screws (the image above looks like machine screws, done for just the diagram but don't take it literally).

    Use either foam or springs but you don't really need both; unless you prefer to wear a belt with your suspenders.


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  4. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Put a big blob of bluetac/plasticine in the neck pocket....
    push your pickup through the pick guard and mount the pick guard in place with a few screws...
    push the pickup into the bluetac to hold it in the exact spot for a good fit in the pocket/pick guard..
    . take the PG off leaving the pickup stuck to the bluetac....
    drill a small drill through the mounting holes into the body.... don't drill through the back....

    take the PU/bluetac out and fit the screws/tubes/springs in place to mount the PU....
    adjust the pickup height through testing the sound balance with the bridge PU...

    put the PG back on ..done... good luck...
     
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  5. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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  6. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Yesterday, for the first time, I unscrewed and re-screwed the neck pickup on my Baja 60s (it was slanted forward and it bothered me slightly). It was real simple: the pickup, two rubber tubings as spacers, and two long wood screws. That’s it. As per the diagram above, but without the foam.
     

  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    I would not recommend just using foam.

    To me, the worst thing we can do is make a sort of pedestal in the middle, then cinch down either end or corner of a pickup. This torques the pickup and its windings and can create an opportunity for voids and voids mean uncontrolled squeal. Support at the mount points, is paramount. IMO.
     
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  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Do people mount to the body so they don't have the screwheads showing on the guard?

    I never had a Tele style where the neck doesn't hang from the guard, so I don't understand the reasoning behind body mounting.
     

  9. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Some of us are approaching the body shape where we have to.
     
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  10. bobbyogata

    bobbyogata TDPRI Member

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  11. user34603

    user34603 Tele-Meister

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    both pickups in the luthier=built Tele at left (Fralin Big Singles) are mounted into the body with small wood screws. No springs or rubber. The height adjustments were figured out in the design and any raising is with tiny metal washers
     

  12. user34603

    user34603 Tele-Meister

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    ... I will add this, from experience. An Austin (China) Tele has the neck pup with wood screws and springs mounted to pre-drilled holes for the screws in the floor of the neck pickup cavity. But the last 1/3 of each screw was bent to make the pickup fit in the pickguard opening. I yellow glued each hole shut with skinny dowel cut to barely be shallow to the cavity floor level. Then the trick is to put the pickup in place closely and gently put on the pickguard for fit and remove it. Don't disturb the pickup. Hold it snug as you carefully take a small nail to mark the new screwholes. Sink the 2 holes carefully (not too deep!). Then reinstall the pickup.... maybe with springy tubing rather than those springs. Springs or tubing should end up almost having the pickup touch strings... so you can gently tighten the 2 screws to make the pup clear the strings.
     

  13. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Personally I prefer mounting to the pickguard...makes it easier to adjust p/up height....don't have to remove pickguard.
     

  14. poolshark

    poolshark Tele-Holic

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    It's a bit of a necro-reply, but body mounting the neck pickup makes sense with a heel adjusted truss rod. To adjust relief, you leave the neck mounted, pop the pickguard off and adjust relief through the neck pocket cutout. With a pickguard mounted pickup, you either pull the neck or uninstall, reinstall and readjust the neck pickup every time.
     

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