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holes for wiring, what does everyone else do?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by danharris, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. 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


    Mar 27, 2013
    Corvallis, OR
    Long drill bits.
  3. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Since I've only built basses with tops I just route the channels before I glue the top on.
  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I recommend going garage-sale-ing for a router, and other tools of course. I got mine for $5, it works splendidly.
  7. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az

    Long drill bit.
  8. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  9. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    I've taken a wire and heated it up with a torch to "drill" weird angle holes