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Battery Box Installation

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tplyons, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Well, I've got a Mexican P-Bass with EMG's and the battery is VERY snug in the control cavity, often almost impossible to get the wires in after replacing the pickup, along with 11 or so screws, it's just a pain in the butt.

    How does one drill for a battery box in the back without hitting the control cavity? Are there any tricks to making sure it's level? I'm looking to use one of the Gotoh-type pull out battery boxes in just about the same position as the one found on an EB Stingray, how does one go about that? Without damaging the finish?
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    A router would be the easiest way to do it. That failing, you could probably hog most of the cavity out with a drill press and then clean up the edges with a chisel. Either way, you run the risk of chipping the finish.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Any tricks on getting the position right?