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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Removing pickup and covering the hole

greg1948
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Oct 19th, 2018 04:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a J5 Triple Tele. I like the Enforcer pickups and love the neck, but that middle pickup is in the way. At the lowest settings, the pickups sit high off the body and close to the strings. I am constantly hitting my pick off the middle pickup and it is very distracting/annoying. I want to remove it, how would I cover up the big old hole?

Ryder
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Oct 19th, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure about how to cover the hole.
I think I would have a new pick guard cut.

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Oct 19th, 2018 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

A new pickguard like Ryder says is the way to go if you want your Tele to look pristine. Contact WD (above) and they can make you one.

But you could also do something creative like remove the pickup and hot-glue a Matchbox car or some other small thing in there.

Phil Xenidis screwed a computer fan grill over his empty P90 rout.

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Oct 19th, 2018 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is not for those that want "pristine" as P said, but it's practical, inexpensive and doesn't require too much labour.

Here's what I have done before:
Buy a set of pickup covers that work colour-wise for you.

Trim a piece of plastic or whatever (I used an old trem cavity cover).
Glue neatly on the inside of one pickup cover.

You'll need slightly longer screws and matching nuts.
Now mount the pickup cover just it was a pickup (with the springs/rubbers) and lower it so it's flush with the pickguard.

D-U-N, done.

it looked like this

Mick Reid
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Oct 19th, 2018 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one looks a bit tidier.

version 2

Peegoo
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Oct 19th, 2018 11:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Greg's dilemma is the pickups: they're Fender WR humbuckers.

They have huge cutouts, there are four mounting screws, and the pickup covers are metal.

It is possible to get a piece of matching pickguard material and make a plate that fits inside the cutout, flush with the surface. It would take about an hour...no special tools necessary.

Mick Reid
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Oct 20th, 2018 01:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ahhh... yes. I was thinking it was like a Nashville.

Disregard ALL that crap I posted above :^(


greg1948
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Oct 20th, 2018 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now I'm thinking that if I got longer mounting screws, I could lower the pickup flush with the pickguard, like Mick did. I'll have to take off the pickguard to see if there's enough clearance below.

And, Peegoo, is Phil holding a phone over the strings in that pic?

Peegoo
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Satan gave me

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Oct 20th, 2018 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, he uses it for sound effects.

Leftee
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Oct 20th, 2018 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

It looks like it!



greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Oct 20th, 2018 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

"can you hear me now?"

greg1948
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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Oct 20th, 2018 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I found some longer pickup screws at a local shop, and with them installed, the tops of the neck and middle pickups are flush with the pick guard. I still manage to tap on that middle pickup but not as much and it is not nearly so distracting as it was when those pick ups were 1/4" higher. And I didn't lose the middle pick up.

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 10:41 PM, Oct 20th, 2018)

Peegoo
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Oct 21st, 2018 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! A cheap and simple solution, and it retains the original look too.

Leftee
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Oct 21st, 2018 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

So I finally Goggle'd an image.

THAT is AWESOME!

Glad it gets to stay that way.

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