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How to drill between pickups?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by SammyC, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. SammyC

    SammyC Tele-Meister

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    Ok, so twin P90s but without a pick guard:


    What's the best way to drill the hole between the two pickups for the neck pickup?

    My measurements look like a 12" (300mm) drill bit being needed of I drill from the neck down which makes me think I'm missing a trick!
     
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    Long drill bit, that IS the trick
     
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    Or a small 90-degree attachment. I had a few different ones, I think I've only got the blue point one left, but there's probably something from harbor freight that approximates that, then again you can get Long bits from harbor freight also, pretty cheap.
     
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    This is what I did.

    wire channel 1_edited.jpeg
     
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    I drill diagonal hole from the corner of the pocket to the control cavity.... then plug the hole with a dowel in the neck pocket...

    easier to change neck pickups with a direct wire channel...

    cheap long drill... I use a welding rod with a spade point hammered on the tip.... or a broken bit welded to the rod.... :)

    Browny neck pocket plug lines.jpg
     
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  6. SammyC

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    Yeah, I suspect so but it annoys me to buy a tool that I'll probably only use once! :p
     
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    @trev333 hmm, I wondered about making my own. I have some long reach but worn out flat head screwdriver drivers I could look at...
     
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    Just get a cheap one, it'll be fine.
     
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    My advice is to be very careful ...

    If you screw it up, then that's even more work ...
     
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    I have sharpened a steel rod at the end when I was in a jam and couldn't find my aircraft bit. Long bits are pretty cheap here at Harbor Freight and worth the expense. I put a little shim in the neck pocket, put a pencil line on masking tape on top of the body as a visual guide. Go from neck pocket through the neck pickup into the bridge pickup. Then bridge pickup to control cavity. I put a thin metal plate down to keep chucks from rubbing if they come in contact with the wood. 3/8" allows a couple wires to go through pretty easily.


    https://www.harborfreight.com/516-in-38-in-716-in-25-in-long-wood-bit-set-3-pc-68823.html
     
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    THAT'S a full-service post. Thank you.
     
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    An advantage of being old: I have a half dozen very long drill bits left over from projects that required them.
     
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    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    This is what I've been doing. A long bit isn't that expensive (I got off Amazon) and if you carefully sight the direction and angle, it's relatively easy to accomplish. The hole from the neck pocket can be plugged or left unplugged...your choice. If you want to go between the two pickup pockets, the same technique works with less angles to figure...it just uses more wire from the neck pickup.
     
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    Thanks all! :)
     
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