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Anyone ever made a jig for testing pickups?

Colamander

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I’ve been playing around in my head with the idea of building a sort of jig for testing pickups. Well, really only for testing bridge pickups in a strat. I’m thinking of modifying a pickguard so that I can easily attach pickups from the top (on top of the strings). Then I could use some alligator clips or something, and roughly test a bunch of different pickups very quickly, without having to remove strings. Obviously it wouldn’t really be playable, but I could get an idea of the rough tonality of a bunch of pickups in my strat without much effort. TGP perma-skeptics feel free to chime in.
 

vortexxxx

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Tony Iommi came up with a way to do this from the back in the early to mid 70s. He never bothered patenting it though.
Didn't Gibson have a guitar that swapped pickups easily?
 

Colamander

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Strats are not the easiest platform for a test bed guitar but there are some examples, including at Fender ....
That’s cool, but would require a body specifically for this purpose. I’ll see what I can whip up and post it here sometime. It’ll be a while though - I’m still waiting on the body I’m going to use
 

Theorist

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It’s been done in many ways, both as a testing jig and final products...



Seymour Duncan had a rotary one too...
 

Ron Kirn

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as I recall Bill Lawrence adapted a Strat so the pickups were moiunted on a seperate "slide". That went onto the modified Strat as a whole unit, then that was screwed down.. He said Leo had a similar unit.. which is interesting because Bill, as a 20 something "kid" would hang with Leo working on pickups..

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