Neck pickup template for mini humbucker route

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Jason Hutchinson, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Jason Hutchinson

    Jason Hutchinson TDPRI Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    United States
    This is an odd request, but someone may have run across this.. I have a USA 52 Telecaster Hot Rod body. The neck pickup is routed for a pickguard mounted mini humbucker. I actually have the pickguard and a Seymour Duncan pickup, but I'm going with a traditional Tele pickup instead. I have a 5 hole bakelite pickguard for it, and a '52 pickup as well.

    The problem is that the neck pickup needs to be mounted to the body, like a vintage Tele. But I have not been able to find any information on where to mount it. I would prefer to use a template that can be put inside of the route that has the exact locations for the screw holes. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted

    May 31, 2014
    If you have another pickguard with the holes for a tele neck pickup, you can use that for your template to either drill the holes to mount the pickup to the body, or drill holes in your new pickguard.
  3. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    I prefer standard tele neck pickups to be attached to the pickguard. much easier to do that than to attach to the body.
  4. John Owen

    John Owen Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I have 2 teles with the neck pickup mounted to the body instead of the pickguard. For one of them I made a template but the second time around I just did it this way:
    - put a glob of mounting putty in the bottom of the cavity,
    - hold the pickup temporarily in place in the pickguard with some tape
    - position the pickguard (with the pickup taped to it) so it matches up with the body contour/screw holes etc
    - when you get it where it belongs, push down on the pickup so it sticks to the putty instead of the tape on the pickguard
    - pull the pickguard off leaving the pickup stuck to the putty
    - mark where the screw holes go using the screw holes in the pickup
    - viola!

    Here's a link to the putty I'm talking about

    Good luck, have fun!
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  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Telefied Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I'd put some double sided tape foam or use some double sided tape in the cavity. I'd stick the regular neck pickup in the traditional pickguard and set them into place. Carefully lifting the pick guard while holding the pickup still should leave the pickup stuck inside the body. Then you can take a thin icepick like tool to mark where the holes go through the pickup mounting holes.
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  6. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    What @sleazy pot pie said. Keep the drill perpendicular to the pickguard and be careful with the depth of the hole. I just converted a James Burton Standard Tele from pickguard mounting to body mounting for the neck pickup.
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