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Converting your Ring/guard mount pups to Direct mount

I've been promising to get this thread going for a while now, so here is a start.

Many of us have guitars that we love, but wish they had direct mount pickups. My RG760 is one of them, but any guitar with pickup ring or pickguard mounted pickups can be converted to direct mount.

My process is a little different depending on how each guitars pickups were originally mounted. I'll be concentrating on the ring mount for now, but will expand this to pickguard mount in the near future.

The main goal here is to first open the original pickup route to fit in a new "tone block" that will have the correct dimensions for a direct mounted pickup.

You can use any wood you like as your tone block, but I highly suggest Maple for a guitar that was ring mounted. I say this because the new mount must be strong enough to hold a screw under spring tension. That said, any hardwood will be acceptable.

Getting started; here are some pics of the original route being opened up for my new block:

Original route:





No more Ears!!!



Getting deeper. You need to get rid of the entire recess for the original pups.......we'll add a new recess into the new block.



Full depth!!! Scary ehh?????................



A rear view.



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Re: Converting your Ring/guard mount pups to Direct mount

Did you cut all the way through?
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Yup, I sure did. It's necessary to go to the full depth of the original pickup screw recesses.

The hole you see will be 100% filled in by my solid maple block. unfortunately, I can't find the block I already made for it and I have no more maple to make a new one. I'm going to pick up more tomorrow morning so I can continue this. It will make a LOT more sense by the end of the day tomorrow.
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Can't wait to see this!
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Can't wait to see this!
I think Your going to like it........ I was planning to finish most of it today, but I somehow lost my block of maple. I have some old mahogany, but I'm just going to wait til tomorrow when I can get some maple stock again.
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Can't wait to see this!
+1 here
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i personally do hate pickup rings.
it's 2012, not 1959.
i do hate pickup ears to.
love the Parker style:


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i personally do hate pickup rings.
it's 2012, not 1959.
i do hate pickup ears to.
love the Parker style:


I agree....the Parker look is the cleanest by far.

I've never been able to pull one apart. How are their pups mounted??
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I'd just fill the holes with some wood I cut for each side???
Why cut more of the guitar away?
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I'd just fill the holes with some wood I cut for each side???
Why cut more of the guitar away?
You'll have to see it when it's done.......I think you'll understand better. In the end, the guitar will have far more wood than it originally had.
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I agree....the Parker look is the cleanest by far.

I've never been able to pull one apart. How are their pups mounted??
DiMarzio made special pickups for them that had some of the pole pieces double up as mounting screws.
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I wonder if I can score a set?? it's worth looking in to I think..........
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fun mod. Is this purely asthetics, or could tone/sustain also be a motivator?
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Looks really great, Ryc! Seems like you could have stood to remove even more wood than you did, particularly on the treble side. I can still see the mounting ring holes there. I can also see the dents in the wood where the pickup ring indentation is. If it were me, I'd probably remove a bit more wood on the bass, treble and neck side of that cavity.
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it would be killer with a 3rd single sized pickup at the bridge, like a hiper-strat!
just a thought!!!
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