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Precision pickup question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by reep, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. reep


    Sep 24, 2006
    Duncan B.C.Canada
    I have a Tele partscaster bass with a 2007 Precision pickup. When I built it, I enlarged the original bridge pickup rout for the pickup, but it turned out to be too deep. I've never been able to get the pickup high enough. Can anyone tell me how much space there should be between the pickup and the strings so I know how much to raise the floor of the rout?


  2. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Shove a piece of foam, like that which comes in new pickup packaging, under the pickup. The Fender setup specs are on the Fender website.
  3. reep


    Sep 24, 2006
    Duncan B.C.Canada
    The issue is that the screws are quite short, so I'll have to build the floor of the rout up to the correct height. However, I'll try your suggestion about the Fender site.
  4. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    You could glue a couple of rectangular pieces of quarter inch plywood in there. I would use wood glue or liquid nails. Nice looking bass.
  5. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    go to hardware store and get longer screws and use foam under pickups. easy, cheap fix
  6. reep


    Sep 24, 2006
    Duncan B.C.Canada
    I've had major problems finding screws that are long, but have very small heads that fit in the ears of the pickup. I eventually ordered what I thought was the correct screws on eBay, but when they arrived, they turned out to be shorter and smaller than described. I'd waited three weeks for them and I was anxious to get the project over with, so I installed a 1/2" plate and some very thin foam into the cavity and screwed the pickups to it. It's not nearly enough......From what I can see, I need another 1/4" of height, so I'm busy cutting an additional plate right now.

    Some time over the next year, when money permits, I think I'll rebody the bass as a proper Telecaster bass and dump the guitar body. When that happens, I'll either order the correct pickup mounting screws, or more likely get Mike Reilander to wind me a proper vinatge Telecaster bass pickup. What I'm doing right now is a make-work project to keep busy while I wait for the new Ric pickups for my current Tele guitar build to arrive.
  7. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Yeah, for some reason I have never figured out, guitar/bass hardware tends to be next to impossible to find, even at specialty fastener stores. You can order from places like McMaster Carr, but for small orders, the shipping drives the price up.
  8. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
  9. reep


    Sep 24, 2006
    Duncan B.C.Canada
    I just broke down and ordered the correct screws and foam pads from HD Custom Supply. In the meantime, I hot-glued a piece of 1/4" fiberboard down and glued the same thin foam onto the back of the pickup elements. It's left me with about a 1/8" gap which works out okay. When the screws get here, I'll make it right. Thanks for all the advice.

  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Use Jazz Bass pick up screws. They're pretty long.
  11. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    If you visit your local repair person, I'll bet they've got a drawer full of screws like you need. They always have the hard to find parts in their shops.
  12. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    you won't find pickup screws at any hardware store, or even a specialist fasteners place.

    try ebay. They're very cheap.