Positioning Pickups Before Drilling
This is part 2 of the video series on Replacing Pickups in a semi-hollowbody guitar. Here, I show some common-sense tricks for properly positioning the pickups front-to-back and side-to-side on the guitar, without having to make lots of measurements, etc. To place the pickups parallel with the edge of the fretboard and parallel with each other, I use spacers. You can experiment with spacers of different sizes to find a good fit – I’ve used pens and pencils and scrap wood. Just make sure the spacer is equal in size along its entire length – avoid tapered pens. Here, I’m using drill bits wrapped in tape, since my bit set has so many choices in size. I also show a way to use the low and high E strings as a straightedge when aligning the pickup polepieces under the strings. Note, in the video, I didn’t realize the camera was slightly angled when showing the pole piece alignment, so it’s not as
Note to self: next time, set the camera to proper manual focus before doing those closeups!
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