P90 pickup height problem

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  1. smsuryan

    smsuryan Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The body I have is not a full two inches thick, more like an inch and a half. Upon installing the neck I noticed the pickups are standing way above the neck and the guitar would not be playable. I could try to reroute the wood and repaint but that’s something i don’t want to do. What pickups would fit into a standard p90 cavity without the pickup (or the bezel to the pickup) standing that high? Thanks IMG_1681.JPG IMG_1684.JPG
     
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    I think you could re-route if careful - I would try.

    Tape the top of the body so it doesn’t get scratched up when moving the router over it.
    Hog out cavities to the correct depth with a forstner bit (be mindful of the tip being ~ 1/8” deeper), then buzz it with the router.
     
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    Without the dog ear covers, do the basic pickups fit in the holes you have? The other style of P90 covers don't use dog ears and screw through the body. That might be the easiest way.

    Otherwise, mark around the current pickup covers then cut out with a drill, wood chisel, router, dremel vibration saw, etc so you can sink the whole dog ear down below the surface. Check body thickness you have available if that's a concern.

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    As mentioned, you use the dog-ear style P90s, common for Gibsons. Fender-style guitars are better off with the 'smaller' p90 cases which feature screws in between the pickup poles. You could use those, but then the screw holes from dog ears will still be visible.

    You could also shim the neck, and use a TOM-style bridge you see on Les Pauls. Would be the best solution if the isn't bridge screwed on the body yet (hard to make out from the picture. If it's already screwed in, it seems a little angled though, but then again might be picture).

    Personally, I would go with the TOM-style bridge.
     
  5. guitarbuilder

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    You can also shim the neck up but the bridge saddles may not go high enough. Make a tracing of dog ear cover and make a template the exact size. Then scribe around the inside of the template to score the finish. If you take a pattern bit that is 1/2" deep like the stewmac bit, or a 1/4 "deep"template bit or similar you can rout a shallow cavity to accommodate it.

    https://www.amazon.ca/Milescraft-22...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JCJ6SS6NE3Y9148WNJ6M
     
  6. notmyusualuserid

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    Soapbars. They don't need a deep route.

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  7. DrBGood

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    That would have been my solution too, but he'll be stuck with the dog ears screw holes.

    It's not for nothing that you never see that kind of bridge coupled with dog ears. There might be a hard lesson learned here. Should have mocked up everything, before starting to screw thnigs down.
     
  8. MilwMark

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    Just needs to fill the holes with a flush screw. Looks cool.
     
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    They make separate dog ear surrounds for standard P90 covers. Definitely the way to go in this situation.
    Rob
     
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    All Parts do a dogear cover pair where one is much lower than standard and clears on a Tele at the neck - they are not perfect but they are a fix
     
  12. trev333

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    you almost have to deck P90's close to the body on Teles..........

    what the hell, just rout deeper holes for the dog ears.... not pretty, though.....;)

    x squier body.jpg


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    Ahh, but don't they sound great.... :twisted:
     
  13. DrBGood

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    I actually like that, doesn't look half bad.
     
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    sleeper guitars those X squiers..... there's no neck pickup rout on the stock body.. a true "esquire"....

    . great necks, too...
     
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    Aren't there shallower dog ear covers available? I think so. Do a search (I'd do it but it's late and I'm about to turn in). Then you can deepen the rout for the pickups themselves and still use the same holes as you've already drilled.

    Good luck,
    Rex
     
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    Make flat covers out of pickguard material?
     
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    If you're committed to the dog ear and you don't want to route out the body, I think you're limited to neck shimming and either a wrap bridge or TOM/stop bar.

    Why not just go with soap bar p90's?
     
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    Nailed it. Very succinctly.
     
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    Something like this would be cool, but obviously you lose what a traditional tele bridge brings to the game.
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  20. screamin eagle

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    Maybe you could shim the bridge and the neck. Get someone to machine you a shim of the same material as your current 'chopped bridge' and put it underneath.
     
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