holes for wiring, what does everyone else do?

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  1. danharris

    danharris

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    Im on my first build, its going pretty good. I am currently carving out pup cavities, next ill flip it over and carve out a control cavity. how does one go about getting wiring tunnels from one pup to the next, then to the control cavity and grounded at the bridge? do you just drill in at a crooked angle? is there a little strategy you use?

    btw i don't have a router, the body was cut with a jig saw and then shaped by hand with a rasp... neck pocket and pup cavities are carved with a chisel and some patience...
  2. tubenutq5

    tubenutq5 Supporting Member

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    Long drill bits.
  3. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Since I've only built basses with tops I just route the channels before I glue the top on.
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    derekcbass Supporting Member

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  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    Sometimes I go in through the side jack hole with a long (14") drill bit.

    Sometimes, if I'm doing a top/back bass, I'll route channels before gluing the top to the back.

    My least favorite option is drilling at a shallow angle from the top or back. But it works.
  6. danharris

    danharris

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    yeah, routing them out before the top goes on seems like the way to go. unfortunately, that would have required some forethought, another tool i don't own yet.

    long drill bits it is. i think ill go in from my jack hole nice and straight, it will hit both pups

    thanks for the tips guys.
  7. M0ses

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    I recommend going garage-sale-ing for a router, and other tools of course. I got mine for $5, it works splendidly.
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    Long drill bit.
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  11. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke Supporting Member

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    I've taken a wire and heated it up with a torch to "drill" weird angle holes

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