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Routing for pickups.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Chuck Curtis, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. Chuck Curtis

    Chuck Curtis

    Jan 15, 2006
    I am building my first bass and need some advice. How deep should I route the pickup cavities? I know you need up and down adjustment but how much? I am installing jazz bass pickups. - Thanks.
  2. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    13/16???? I think. That has worked for me!
  3. Chuck Curtis

    Chuck Curtis

    Jan 15, 2006
    Thanks guys. I appreciate the help.
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    5/8" works for me..t
  5. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    It depends the distance between the strings and the body and the physical height of the pickups.
  6. It depends entirely on the thickness of your pickups (objective) and the height of the strings above the body (subjective based on your playing style...objective based on your bridge saddle height and possible resulting neck angle).

    CAD is a wonderful thing for answering such questions.
  7. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    So are a pencil and piece of paper. ;)
  8. gfried84

    gfried84 Commercial User

    May 7, 2005
    Owner Fried Guitars Inc.
    I use 3/4" for pickup cavities