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Do dog-ear P90s need body routing?

JoeV

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Do dog-ear P90s sit flat on top of the guitar or do they need body routing?

I have a '71 SG-I that I've refinished and want to try a P90 on, but the mini route is too small for a soapbar. Don't want to route, really. Will the dog ear sit on there?
 

Zhangliqun

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They do need routing. The bottom of the dogear baseplate sits roughly 5/16" below the guitar body surface.
 

JoeV

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Z, or anyone, do you have the route dimensions? L X W (I don't really care about depth.)

Thanks all!
 

Zhangliqun

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I don't have the numbers but Stewmac sells templates for pickup routing. I'm pretty sure they have a dogear template.
 

RickN

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I don't have the numbers but Stewmac sells templates for pickup routing. I'm pretty sure they have a dogear template.

In all due respect to StewMac, for all the good things StewMac makes and sells, their pickup routing templates aren't quite there. The humbucker template is too large all-around. I bought a second one from them, hoping the first one was just a fluke - nope. I'm now suspicious of any of theirs. Proceed with caution. :salude
 

Mike Shaw

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Isn't there two different sized templates - one for body rout and one for pickguard rout?
 

fatcat

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JoeV, on my '95 Orville LP Jr., my route measures 3-1/2" by 1-3/8"....there is about 1/8" room around the pickup when sitting down in the route.

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JoeV

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Thanks very much, FatCat!!! I appreciate the info, and the time it took to get it. :salude
 

fatcat

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No prob, it wasn't that time consuming of an ordeal....good luck with the project....post pics of the SG when you can.
 

Zhangliqun

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In all due respect to StewMac, for all the good things StewMac makes and sells, their pickup routing templates aren't quite there. The humbucker template is too large all-around. I bought a second one from them, hoping the first one was just a fluke - nope. I'm now suspicious of any of theirs. Proceed with caution. :salude

True, not everything Stewmac sells is wonderful. Don't have much use for their A5 rod mags, the batch I got wouldn't charge, resulting in weak dark pu's. Their cream bobbins are the dread pukey pink-ish color and their Tele rhythm covers are tone-killers. But their long-leg baseplates are good, as are their black bobbins, keeper bars, slugs and polepieces, and Tele and Strat pu flatwork and other goodies.

Although they did stop selling their pushback wire and braided wire in spools. Now it's only in 12-inch lengths.

(But that's just winder stuff...)
 

JoeV

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No prob, it wasn't that time consuming of an ordeal....good luck with the project....post pics of the SG when you can.

It's a project guitar. I had to refinish it and add new electronics, etc. Now that I have the Badass on it, it plays really well and intonates properly. My only beef is the low output minihumbucker. Not enough grit for me! Alas, the route is a little too small for the dog ears....

Here's the badboy in person!

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