seeking MacGyver-esque tips for raising P pickup height...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ss81, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. ss81


    May 29, 2005
    I switched out my MIM stock P pickup for a fender 62 reissue pickup and it sounds fine, the only problem is it didn't come with foam underneath it like the stock pickup had glued onto it to raise it high up out of the body, so it's sitting pretty far down from the strings. Being that I'm too lazy to actually acquire that exact foam material, are there any substitutions one might find around the house that would do the trick?
  2. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    When I changed the battery in my bass it rattled as the new one had no foam, I found cotton wool did the trick.
  3. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    I've actually used layers of folded cardboard in the past!

    All you do is figure the approximate height you need and fold an appropriately sized piece of cardboard over and over until you've got the right height.

    If you need a little less height, just tear off one fold and if you need a little more, just insert another piece inside of the folded sections!

    Pretty cheap - pretty simple!
  4. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    A sponge would probably do the trick. You can also cut down the springs from ballpoint pens and thread the mounting screws through them.

  5. Mouse pad.
  6. BigTopBruno


    Sep 6, 2002
    NJ, USA
    I found that pieces of an old mouse pad works well...
  7. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I'm another Mouse Pad user.
  8. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    2 strips of amber surgical tubing laid in channel. You can also insert the pup screws into the interior of short pieces of tubing. Gives you the flex you need, without getting gummy or giving out.
  9. beadgc

    beadgc Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Another possible approach is to put springs or springy tubing on the screws between the bottom of the pickup and the body. Springs for a ballpoint pen may work, depending on the thickness of the screws.
  10. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    What I've always used.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Duct Tape. Lots of it!!!!!!!
  12. danman


    May 18, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    MacGuyver would have killed 4 BIC retracting pens and used the springs inside to go under the pickup but around the mounting screw.

  13. fender_mod


    Jun 23, 2005
    dried out sponges. i got em under my p pups, lets ya tighten (lower) em as much as you need but cuz they are dried they wont push up and down so easy.
  14. ss81


    May 29, 2005
    Wow, you guys really are MacGyver :)! Thanks a lot for all the helpful tips, I'm going to try all of them!
  15. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    OK...where can I get pup mounting screws for my 72 P bass? My foam's done give out, but the screws are done too, all buggered up... Might as well kill 2 birds and all that:)
  16. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    Use the foam that your new PU came packed in. That's what SD recommends.
  17. ss81


    May 29, 2005
    Hmm... I wish Mr. Duncan had given me a call with that helpful chestnut before I went about disposing of the original packaging (he never calls when it's actually convenient).
  18. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    IME, that foam isn't dense enough and doesn't provide enough resistance.