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:
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.