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Wood pickup covers

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Chaddycakes, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Chaddycakes

    Chaddycakes

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    Anybody know if I can buy exotic wood, slip over pickup covers? I'm trying to spiff up my Ken Smith with some walnut pickup covers to replace the black ones. It has 5 strings and jazz pickups.
  2. line6man

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    Wood covers need to be thicker than plastic, so replacing covers without rerouting the pickup cavities is rarely possible.
  3. Smilodon

    Smilodon Supporting Member

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    You could get some veneer and just glue it on the pickups.

    It won't look like a massive block of wood though as you won't have any end grain on any of the sides.
  4. Chaddycakes

    Chaddycakes

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    Oh well. The bass is beautiful anyways.

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  5. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender Supporting Member

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    Covers can be made, I just don't have all the tools I need right now.My neighbor wants covers for his old Ibanez custom with P/J config. Just contact a good woodworker and have them designed to be put on with double sided tape so you don't have to alter anything .
  6. 96tbird

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    Those routes are pretty tight in that bass. I can't see room for the sides to fit in the route unless the plastic covers are removed. Not impossible but generally a bass is routed for wood cover pickups as part of the design process, no?
  7. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender Supporting Member

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    You just make covers that sit on top of body. you have to have the pickups where you want them, measure from body to top of pu. With a good router/ milling machine setup you can cut top very thin or route all the way through and veneer the top. I would route so that it stepped down over mounting tabs, drill through cover and screw through cover, through pickups to mount.Damn , I miss Auto cad. I already thought this through for my neighbors bass. I may have to invest in a small mill if there's a big enough demand. John
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Yeah, all you need is a mill. :roll eyes:
  9. smithplyr

    smithplyr Supporting Member

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    Give David King a shout,at dkbasses.com,He is great at making knobs and covers,He may be able to figure something out for you,and a great guy!

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