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New Build - need advice on fixing humbucker disaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by newuser1, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. newuser1

    newuser1 Tele-Meister

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    Here is my latest build from a cheap Home Depot pine blank. I bought a fixed top-loading bridge, and a pair of mini humbuckers from eBay. The problem - the bridge pickup sits very high and the strings almost touch it (see the last pic). The plastic housing of the bridge pickup is higher than the neck pickup, but it doesn't look excessive in general, however I think the bridge itself sits really low. Of course I can increase the saddles' height but this will make the action high, and who wants that for a shredder guitar :). What is the easiest way to fix this, without shimming the neck and/or the bridge (is shimming a bridge even a thing?)

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  2. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    sand the bottom of the plastic surround would be my fix... is there a routed hole in the body below it to go lower?...
     

  3. TeleTucson

    TeleTucson Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Raise the saddles and shim the neck to get the action back. Or ... dig a hole to embed the pickup.
     
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  4. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Glue the pickup ring upside down on a flat paper piece of wood with double sided tape. That will protect the shiny face from getting scratched and helps you to not twist the plastic while you are sanding down the bottom of the ring. For that put some sand paper on a flat area as well. This setup will make it pretty easy to sand it down consistently.

    If the pickup route is not deep enough, pull out the router.
     
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  5. newuser1

    newuser1 Tele-Meister

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll probably get the flat pickup rings as per Marty's suggestion.
     
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