Tele pickup cavity too small

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by ev5501, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. ev5501

    ev5501 Member

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    I am putting new "SD 5 for Tele" pickups in my MIM tele.
    The neck fits pefectly but my Bridge pickup is just a wee bit larger than the stock pickup. :huh
    The copper plate on the bottom of the pickup hits the front of the cavity in just a way that I can't screw in the bridge plate....:(

    How should I go about making the Cavity 1-2mm bigger?
     
  2. swiveltung

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    Hmmm... Dremel tool with abrasive drums? Can you remove the base plate and grind that off some?
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    what's an "SD 5 for Tele"?

    anyway, you don't mess with the pickup itself, you widen the wood a little, with (yes) dremel abrasive sanding drums.

    (that way, all future pickup swaps will fit too and you haven't rendered a nice replacement pickup essentially worthless.)
     
  4. ev5501

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    I got my Dremel out last night and sanded away.
    Everything fits just perfectly!

    The pickups are Seymour Duncan 5 2 for Tele series. "Alnico V magnets on the 3 low strings and Alnico II magnets on the 3 high strings provide a big lowend and smooth top end" I did a total Rehaul of my tele with new pickups and nice Emerson custom electronics. The stock MIM stuff is nasty.

    Would have to say I have a close to perfect tele now:)
     

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