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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Guitar building question - How do they drill for the wiring?

This has been bothering me, and basically just a question of curiosity. but how do these companies drill sideways in their guitars for the sometimes insanely complicated pickup/switching wiring. Like Les Pauls... How do they do it? The channel is in the middle of a huge chunk of plywood.

How do they do it? Sometimes I could believe they use a really long drill bit to do it.... but not always...
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-22-2004, 12:52 AM
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I've answered this for you before on HC, but if you doubt me, then...

Les Pauls are routed for the wiring channels before the maple cap is installed.

Most guitar wiring holes are drilled, using something like this: Seems as though Stewmac doesn't want to sell them anymore, guess they're getting beat by hardware stores.. :P

How each manufacturer goes about drilling the holes can vary though.. Older rear-routed RGs have the pickup wiring channels drilled from the neck-pocket straight down to the bridge pickup rout.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2004, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by toshiro
How each manufacturer goes about drilling the holes can vary though..
Precisely why I asked! :P

Sometimes it seems like there wouldn't be any room to use a long drill-bit. Like with Les Pauls... but I guess that answers that question. :P

Anyone else beg to differ or agree?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2004, 11:44 AM
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One often overlooked entry point is the output jack hole. If you have, to, on a Les Paul styled instrument you can go clear from the output jack hole all the way up to the 3 way switch if you're careful. You can't have a "walking" drill bit or else you'll come out somewhere unexpected! I've done it all different ways. Some channels under figured tops, some holes drilled from wacky angles, and some just plain crazy ideas like routing the side of the bridge humbucker with a dovetail bit to make an angled entry that protrudes into the electronics cavity and makes a nice open rectangle. I like to make starter holes with the dremel and a round cutter when I'm entering at an angle. Often times I'll wrap tape around my fingers and thumb so I can grab hold of the shaft part of a longer drill bit to guide it while it's spinning. Is that enough information?

Really every hole "could" be done with a long drill bit, even the Les Paul. You could drill the pickup wire holes from the tenon joint before you attatched the neck, do the 3-way from the output jack, and the bridge stud from the electronics cavity. Even if the neck was already on you could still come from the output jack to both the neck and bridge pickups.

I agree with toshiro but would add that the newer RG's are still drilled from the neck pocket, but there's no back to many AANJ's so the first point of entry is the neck pickup wall. Those are awesome because you have enough angle to drill each pickup to the electronics cavity directly. That helps sort the wires in there.
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