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pickup veneers

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by synesthesia, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. synesthesia


    Mar 14, 2011
    So I am in the middle of modifying a bass for a friend of mine. I removed the finish, reshaped it and vacuum bagged a figured veneer over the face to give it a little zazz. In the process I kept the cutouts for the pickups and dyed them along with the body. I know some builders build pickup caps and Ive had some experience with that but Ive also seen some adhere a veneer to the face of the pickup. The pickups for this bass are stock, 5 string, de armond pickups with no exposed pole pieces. So here are my questions:
    Could I sand the face a little and epoxy the veneer sets onto the pickups or is the normal process more involved?

    I know that wood generally wont mess with the magnetic field but I just wanted to make sure, would epoxy + veneer somehow change the characteristics of the pickup/sound?
  2. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    yes you can, sand with 320 until flat, using a hard block to get a true surface. Then affix the veneer. The epoxy/veneer combination is magnetically transparent, so you will be fine.
  3. lidesnowi


    Jan 29, 2011
    Sure it works fine, I have done this to all my pickups "vintage style Jazz Bass pickups" but I made ​​mine with a 10 inches radius like pickup ramps for greater feel and control!
  4. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA

    As JC said, use a hard sanding block, don't take too much material off, and epoxy it on there. I have seen epoxy seep all the way through a maple veneer, so be careful you don't lay it on too thick.
  5. lidesnowi


    Jan 29, 2011
    Super glue works well too if you are in a hurry!

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