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Routing a pickup cavity

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Routing a pickup cavity

To cut a pickup cavity, a template is used in any case to make a smooth and well fitted space for the pickup. Excisting spaces can be filled up with wood and cut out with a router to adjust the instrument for a different type of pickup if needed.

Humbucker for a telecaster

The standard single coil neck pickup of this telecaster will be replaced by a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbucker. The neck is released from the body, to have more space at the neck position. All old parts are removed.

hardware is removed from the telecaster body

With a router and a template, the cavity is cut for the new and bigger pickup.

telecaster body with the router template

The new pickup fits nicely in the body. The pickup fits just deep enough in the body as necessary, so as less as possible wood is removed from the body.

the new humbucker is fit in the guitar body

The pickguard is adjusted and the humbucker is mounted. The pickup floats on two bolts and can be adjusted to the right height.

the humbucker is mounted in the pickguard

The telecaster after the modification.

the telecaster after the modification is done