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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-09-2003, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Foam strips for Direct Mount Pickups

I've been into 4 different guitar shops today trying to get some self adhesive foam strips to put on the baseplates of my new DiMarzios so I can fit them in a guitar routed for direct-mount pups and nowhere had anything. In fact, in most shops I got a blank look.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm thinking a hardware shop may be able to help.

Slightly OT bit: Why is it that UK guitar shops don't seem to carry quality spare parts? I was after US made mini-pots as well as the foam and none of the shops carried any decent pots, let alone the ones I was looking for!!
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I have a forced hot-water system for heat in my house, and I noticed that the copper pipes that carry the hot water have a rigid foam 'tube' insulating them. Great, firm, almost plastic-y (shinyish) material. I bought an 8' length of it from Home Depot for a couple bucks, and that stuff works GREAT for what you're talking about. I had to do the same thing for my PGM300 since the foam in there was practically flat and providing no resistance.

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There's no way a guitar shop would carry that, so it's not their fault, although the blank looks and lack of advice is troubling.

The foam inside Seymour Duncan's pickup boxes is usually pretty good. I like a lot of extra and for it to return to shape quickly. There's nothing more aggravating than deciding you want to raise your pickup and the screws go loose because the foam is permanently squashed.

I keep foam around from packing, computer parts, and whatever else and I usually feel like an idiot because I have a "foam reserve". But then again when I need it, it's there. I haven't tried carpet padding yet, but I imagine it's good at retaining pressure.

I like G&L's ASAT method the best. They drill two shallow, flat bottom holes, maybe under the A and B strings, then put springs in them. The springs are wide in diameter and very strong. They stick in the hole permanently because its the perfect size. You can twist them in/out if you have to. The ASAT pickup is narrow, though, like a P90, and I imagine a humbucker could rock back and forth unless you used 4 springs.
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Totally, weather stripping from Home Depot is great. It's cheap, the right thickness, and firm enough to keep pickups raised high. It's even sticky on one side (not permanetly sticky) so the foam won't move around in there. I have had marginal results with other types of foam, it usually gives too easily and won't return to shape. Weather stripping is more of a soft rubber so it works great.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 05:55 AM
 
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Dude,which shop was that ? lmao i'd love to go in and get em some really awkward questions

Anyhoo,Most DIY places,B&Q,Homebase,DoItAll do a sticky back foam,on a reel and it's cheap too,various thickness's are available,if you still have trouble drop me a line and address and i'll bung some in the post for ya ;-)

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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The one shop I was expecting to carry this stuff was Percy Priors. They market themselves as a 'Rock' guitar specialist and stock most Ibanez guitars as well as both DiMarzio and SD pickups, so I wrongly assumed they would either have foam strips in the workshop or be able to suggest where to get some.

How wrong I was!

When I asked about spare pots, all I was offered was used MIJ pots. I know they were used as they all had big lumps of solder on the back of them

The most helpful shop was Wembley Guitar Centre, who suggested going to a hardware shop to see if they stocked anything similar and although they didn't have any mini-pots in stock, he said he could either order them in or suggested a couple of other places that would carry them in stock.
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Oh yeah....

.....cheers Rich!
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I have heard a few bad things about Percy's,but i guess thats like every shop,I admit i'm kinda loyal to machinehead,jeff's always got a kind word for me as i walk through the doors,or some times an ultra polite sod off :-)

As for their postal service,it's pretty good as some users on here have found out.

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Percys has gone downhill rapidly since their previous guitar specialist left.

I didn't like the attitude at Machinehead, but the setups are first class and reasonably priced.

Wembley GC is pretty new but well designed, well stocked and the staff are very helpful. Whilst I was in there, I tried 8k's worth of different Taylors and they knew full well I'm not in the market for one right now.

As for my new pickups (back on-topic), I got some EPDM weather strip and it's worked a treat. Now the task of 18 solder connections awaits to get my new Blaze Bridge and AN7 working lovely.

BTW, if anyone is after a wiring diagram for the new DiMarzio EP1112 multi-pole switch, I have a couple here. Looking forward to trying the following:

1. neck
2. neck parallel
3. inside coils series
4. inside coils parallel
5. bridge
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Any building shop will have it.

BTW

Try the PRS original setting, for the 5-way rotary...its nice....
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-18-2003, 08:03 AM
 
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The most helpful shop was Wembley Guitar Centre, who suggested going to a hardware shop to see if they stocked anything similar and although they didn't have any mini-pots in stock, he said he could either order them in or suggested a couple of other places that would carry them in stock.
Wembely guitar centre are great, they (probably) have the most helpful staff in any shop I have been to.

Anyway
You could always use no foam like eddie!!!!!
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