pup covers help!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by steve-o, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i am building a bass, wenge body, mohagany neck, and i think burl maple top. Well i want the pups to match the top..if it is bookmatched how do i cut the top of the size pups so the grain still matches?

    does anyone see anything wrong with the wood combos i have?

  2. What I would do is trace out the shape of the body and the position of the pickups on the maple top. Then use a very sharp thin blade to cut out the pickups. Then mount the maple to the block of wenge and cut out the shape of the body. Once you have the shape, then you can also use the pickup hole as a guide for routing the pickup holes.

    Also when you finish the bass, fix the pickup covers in their original spot so the finish is exactly the same. It should look pretty slick when you're done!

    So, once again...

    1. trace body design on maple.
    2. trace and cut out spots for pickups.
    3. Permanently attach Maple to Wenge.
    4. Cut out body shape.
    5. Route pickups.
    6. Replace maple covers when you finish it.
    7. have fun with your awesome bass!

    By the way, what is the body going to look like?
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    thanks...i didn't think abuot using a really sharp razor...ill practice it first of course..

    i'll upload some pics of the templete..its different...

    single cut