How would you enlarge pickup hole of a jazz bass

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  1. Tomis17

    Tomis17 Supporting Member

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    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?
     
  2. Kyle B

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    I'd use a dremel & a routing bit.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    what kind of J bass, and what are the new pickups?
     
  4. Tomis17

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    It's a warmoth J bass. I previously had barts on it. I am putting some Dimarzio Model J.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    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?
     
  6. Tomis17

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

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    they're not, which is my point.

    got pics?
     
  8. empty71

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    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)
     
  9. Tomis17

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    Any ideas on what drill bits or saws to use for a routing job?
     
  10. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    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.)
     
  11. CharlyG

    CharlyG Play It Forward Gold Supporting Member

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    C4?

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