Anybody ever "shim" a neck humbucker route into a single coil?

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  1. logans_tele

    logans_tele Tele-Meister

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    Not sure if "shim" is the most technically accurate word. But I'm thinking about taking some spare light wood I have (balsa) and just cutting out a piece that will fit right into the neck humbucker route to let me use a neck pickup without mounting to a pickguard. It's purely for aesthetic purposes - I think the neck pickup sans visible mounting screws is slick... surely this has been done, so anyone got pics or specific ideas?
     
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    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    Tele neck pickups that are NOT mounted to the pickguard are typically screwed into the body w/ foam under the pickup to give you the ability to adjust height

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    with a pickguard cut for a SC neck/no mounting screws, you should be able to do the same w/ the existing HB route at the neck spot

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    I believe “fill” is a better descriptor.

    I’ve done some minor filling, for instance, to build up a collapsed edge of a control cavity so that there’s a solid point for the mounting screw to secure the control plate firmly.

    Just take your time and whittle the piece (or pieces) to fit as tightly as possible before gluing it permanently in place.

    Anyway, I’ve had excellent results using this product:

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    Thanks for the input. I am assuming the pickup benefits from the lateral stability afforded by the more-or-less "snug" wood around the traditional single coil route.
     
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    I prefer to mount them to the pick guard because it makes adjusting the height easier and it’s tedious to loosen the strings and take out the pick guard , adjust height and repeat. That’s just me though.


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