DIY solution for altering pickup cavity routing

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jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 107
edited May 12 in Making & Modding
I have a Telecaster originally routed for a Wide Range humbucker.  I'd like to use a conventional humbucker though...

The problem is the distance between the pickup legs / mounting screws.  The traditional humbucker being slightly narrower, the routing for the legs and screws of the will need to come in by about 5mm on each side.

The pickup cavity is routed with the deeper furrows at the edges 87mm apart, and the legs/screws of my traditional humbucker  will impinge on the central (relatively elevated) flat floor of the pickup cavity.

Inter-Mounting Screws Distance
WR Humbucker: 87mm
Conventional Humbucker: 77mm

Short of getting it properly routed, is there a simple DIY solution please?

In the picture, I've fitted a pick guard that's the correct size for a traditional humbucker (there's a bit of an overhang). But there's wood in the way of where the pickup legs / screws will go.

Expert opinions deeply appreciated...

[Imgur](https://i.imgur.com/rKsLQRi.jpg)
Jay
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 2972
    Chisel?
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3818
    edited May 12
    Drill a single hole where the screws go. You have lots of wood behind there. Mark depth on a piece of masking tape on the drill bit.
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  • NPPNPP Frets: 157
    Drill a single hole where the screws go. You have lots of wood behind there. Mark depth on a piece of masking tape on the drill bit.
    and if the hole isn't quite in the right place, drill another one. As long as it doesn't end up looking like my Strat here: http://thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/comment/382548/#Comment_382548 you'll be fine - but even there all the sins are hidden under the pickguard.

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 40498
    As already said, if it's just the screws that will hit the wood you just need to drill two holes to allow them to go in further - make them quite a lot bigger than the screws so placement is not critical and they don't try to tip the pickup at an angle.

    If it's the feet of the pickup base itself it's a bigger problem and you will need a chisel, small mallet and a bit of care to chop out the right shape recess.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 107
    Thanks chaps for all your useful observations and suggestions...

    A sharp chisel and a mallet it shall be...
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  • SCRelicsGuitarsSCRelicsGuitars Frets: 3199
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    I’d sooner find a friend with a router than take a chisel to it tbh. 
    Formerly lonestar • Owner of SC Relics Guitars • www.screlics.co.uk • aged boutique partcaster bodies and necks
    Trading feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/99272/
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 4894
    There is an argument for enlarging the cavity to the same proportions as the one-size-fits-all rout found on the Fender MIM Standard Telecaster. That way, any pickup change you desire in future requires only a scratchplate change.
    Be seeing you.
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  • MLten80MLten80 Frets: 141
    edited May 13
    +1 one on the pal with router.. where are you based? there could be a FB'er near you :0
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 107
    I'm in Gorleston - actually Rexter is a good friend and lives about 30 miles away, and he's been very supportive.

    It's just that he's very busy and I don't wish to bother him with silly little jobs when he's doing far more serious re-finishing work...
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 40498
    If you're at all competent with tools, doing this with a chisel is a lot easier and almost certainly safer than doing it with a router.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 107
    edited May 13
    ICBM said:
    If you're at all competent with tools, doing this with a chisel is a lot easier and almost certainly safer than doing it with a router.
     Thanks John -  that’s very reassuring for me.

     I’m an eye surgeon, I think I’ll be okay...
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15852
    You've probably got this sorted by now, but if not (and if you're around over the weekend) you're welcome to pop over.
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 107
    Thanks Tony for your kind offer - all sorted now :-)
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