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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-27-2003, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Duncans didn't fit in Jem

I am curious if anyone else has ran accross this- the Duncan Custom 5 I installed in my 7vBSL really didn't want to fit. I had to gently file down the sides of the pickguard and then carefully wiggle the pickup into place. It is so tight I didn't even bother putting the springs on the mounting screws. The top of the pickup barely snuggles in but the black shielding (cloth tape) around the coils was getting all stuck and balling up at the corner of the pick guard. Hope this makes sense without seeing it.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-27-2003, 07:25 PM
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the Duncan I put in my RG550 was tight but not quite that tight.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 03:49 AM
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I have never had a problem installing pickups (of any brand) into various guitars...Just wondering if Ibanez tolerances on there scratchplates are that "spot on" with DiMarzio/Ibi pickups that they have a differant profile (the pickups) But it does seem weird

Is there any chance you could e-mail or post a pic? i'm interested as my old Seymour single coil did'nt quite fit a DiMarzio cover...I'm confused

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 07:00 AM
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It's adapted to wider string-spacing at the bridge, which makes it a little wide, I guess...if it's a TB-5, which I presume it is...don't forget Ibanez is a Seyless Duncan brand. So it could very well be deliberate...
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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It is a TB-14 Custom 5 in the bridge position. The Alnico Pro II (non-Floyd spaced) fit fine in the neck. I am just lucky I caught it. I was cranking down the pickup screws to raise it, felt unusual resistance, then noticed the pickguard was putting pressure on the black cloth around the copper coils. If I would have cranked it much more it may have actually cut into the coils and ruined the pickup. It had already pulled the protection off the side of the pickup and the copper wiring was visable.

I may be able to take a pic. I already pulled the black shielding back onto the pickup. I could still take a pic showing how tight of fit this is. I should of taken a pic right when I noticed it- i'd hate to have some Jemster ruin a sweet Duncan PU before they even get to hear it.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by RGN
It is a TB-14 Custom 5 in the bridge position. The Alnico Pro II (non-Floyd spaced) fit fine in the neck.
i've had that before, mounting Duncan trembuckers with the wide Fender/Floyd spacing in pickguards with "normal" humbucker sized holes. i angled the pickup through the hole, positioned it where i wanted the pickup height, and then put the screws and springs in there. it was a really tight fit.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 02:50 PM
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Someone mentuioned in here recently that the UVs where routed for DiMarzios, but the RG-7620s were routed larger to accept other brands also, specifically Duncans. It may just be that the Jems are routed for the DiMarzios and no larger because Ibanez figures if you pay extra for the SV model you'll keep his pickups? Anyway, I'm glad you got them in somehow

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