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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to direct mount pups

What kind of screws should I use to direct mount dimarzio pups to a body. The screws that come with them are for scratchplate mounting.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

I would think that you could just use the same screws that you would use to mount pickup-rings into the body (those little wood screws).

I'm not sure on that so take it with a grain of salt, but if you've got the right pickup cavity for a direct mount all you should need is a self-tapping screw that fits the pickup feet.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

Hardware store some longer screws. You'll want some slightly different springs too, the ones I've seen are larger at the base and taper upwards, or some surgical tubing.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

I don't think he's wanting to use springs..he wants the pickups mounted directly into the wood of the guitar (no pickup ring) like on the JPM and other models that have no pickguard and no pickup rings.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

Rotti is correct you still need something underneath, what is going to push it up if you want to raise the pickups? Magic hahaha

You need something to force them upwards unless you just want them sitting in the cavities.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

Yeah that's true. Unless the cavities are cut to the exact depth to allow perfect pickup height (which means you couldn't change the action on the guitar...ever lol) then springs or something would be required as well...

The hard thing for me to figure out there would be how to adjust them without the pickup ring/pickguard. Without risking the screw getting too loose that is.

I suppose you could insert shims into the pickup cavity...something like a durable foam or maybe even wood...

There's not much of a point in direct-mounting to the wood if the pickups are going to be floating above it anyway though lol
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

The pickups are floating but they are also being forced down onto the wood and connected with those screws. It does sound different than when they hang from a pickguard, or a ring.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 03:42 AM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

I have used a Mequire's wet-sanding block from an autobody store under the pup. Cuts easily and allows for pickup height adjustment in direct mount guitars.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

I used some long thin screws from Home Depot, drilled out the screw holes on the pickup just slightly larger than the screws, and cut up a sponge sanding block from Home Depot to stick under the pickup to make it float.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 06:15 AM
 
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Re: How to direct mount pups

I imagine that direct mounting would give the pickup a 'steadier' connection to the body compared to pickguard or ring mounting, am I right?

Just wondering
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