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Tomis17
10-01-2013, 04:54 PM
Hey luthiers,

I am hot rodding my jazz bass by replacing the current pickups with some different ones. After removing the existing pickups, I found out that the new pickups were about 1/8 inch too fat. Because I do not have any industrial tools, I thought I'd use a box knife to shave the pickup hole bigger. The wood is extremely hard. Box cutter isn't doing the job. Any ideas to enlarge the pickup hole?

Kyle B
10-01-2013, 05:09 PM
I'd use a dremel & a routing bit.

walterw
10-01-2013, 07:07 PM
what kind of J bass, and what are the new pickups?

Tomis17
10-01-2013, 10:57 PM
It's a warmoth J bass. I previously had barts on it. I am putting some Dimarzio Model J.

walterw
10-01-2013, 11:17 PM
huh?

warmoth bodies and dimarzio J pickups are both the standard fender sizes, they should slip right in.

did you get two bridge pickups by mistake?

Tomis17
10-01-2013, 11:32 PM
huh?

warmoth bodies and dimarzio J pickups are both the standard fender sizes, they should slip right in.

did you get two bridge pickups by mistake?

No. I don't know why the Dimarzio Model J's are fatter than standard jazz pickups.

walterw
10-02-2013, 12:13 AM
I don't know why the Dimarzio Model J's are fatter than standard jazz pickups.
they're not, which is my point.

got pics?

empty71
10-02-2013, 03:52 AM
The bridge pickup on a jazz bass pickups is 1/8" wider than the neck. Could the OP have used the bridge pickup for the neck cavity?

Bridge Cover dimensions
(minus mounting tabs) 3-11/16" x 11/16" x 3/4" tall (93.66mm x 17.46mm x 19.05mm)

Neck Cover dimensions
(minus mounting tabs) 3-9/16" x 11/16" x 3/4" tall (90.49mm x 17.46mm x 19.05mm)

Tomis17
10-03-2013, 05:51 PM
Any ideas on what drill bits or saws to use for a routing job?

walterw
10-03-2013, 07:00 PM
wait, we still don't know what the problem is! dimarzio J pickups should fit perfectly into warmoth J bass holes. we really need some pics here to clear this up, and maybe save you messing up a nice body.

(and you don't use drill bits or saws if the holes really are off.)

CharlyG
10-03-2013, 07:27 PM
C4?

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