I bought some SD Apollos for my Sire V3 because I thought it would be a fun little DIY project and I'd be able to remove the SDs and re-install the stock pickups once I buy a new bass. I looked at the dimensions of the Apollos and compared them to other similar pickups and they are all about the same height, and by comparison my stock pups are pretty short and the route is pretty shallow, only 1/2" deep. Seems like I'm going to have to route if I want to upgrade. I know @LowEndLobster has put DiMarzios in his V7, but don't remember him running into this issue. I have access to a router and a flush cut bit, so I don't think I'll need a template, just some nerves. I have copper shielding tape, will that be sufficient to cover the raw wood once I route it, or should I paint that with shielding paint? And since we're on the topic, the new pups come with a ground, a lead, and a bare wire. Old pups only had a ground and a lead and each soldered to one spot on the preamp PCB. Here's the preamp. Where do I solder the bare wire to?