Pickup Routing Options
Rear Routed Bodies
We offer two types of single routs.
Strat® Replacement Bodies
Tele® Replacement Bodies
Exclusive to Telecaster® body. To modify for Strat® size single coil or humbucker pickups, just specify it.
Please specify if you won't be using a pickguard
24 Fret Extention Pickup Rout Reposition
If your neck has our 24 fret fingerboard extention, we can reposition the neck pickup rout towards the bridge a bit, just out of reach of the fretboard extention.
This custom feature is $35 extra
Soloist body shown
Soloist body with 24 fret
How Pickups Are Mounted
Strat® single coil pickups
These are usually mounted by suspension from a pickguard by two screws. Coil springs are used between the pickguard and pickup to hold the set position.
In the case of a body without a pickguard, the pickup may be mounted directly to the wood.
Gibson® original humbuckers
These are usually mounted by suspension from a metal or plastic bezel by a pair of screws with springs between to hold the setting.
Mounted Directly to Wood
Some players, following a trend set by Van Halen, prefer to mount the humbucker directly to the wood without any spring suspension. Tonally this does not appear to make a significant audible difference. Our opinion is that this is primarily an aesthetic issue.
Because of the many variables such as fret height, bridge type, brand or make of pickup, it is difficult to say exactly what depth of rout might be best for a particular application. Our rout for this application is without the end plunge cuts and is to a single depth of 3/4". Washers or other shims will be necessary to achieve optimum pickup height.
P-90 single coil pickups
These are made to mount directly to the guitar body with two screws between the string pole pieces.
This pickup is not conveniently mounted in a guitar with a pickguard.
Best suited to installation in a pickguard - You can find mounting rings for a wood surface mount but you have to search for them on the open market.
Tele® lead pickups are hung from the bridge plate.