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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-11-2003, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Pickup cavity depth

I was just about to wire some new pickups into my Ibanez RG7421 and noticed that even with the thinner foam on the base of the pickup, they are still sitting high in their cavities.

The pickups are Dimarzios, a Blaze Bridge and an Air Norton 7. Has anyone retro-fitted the pickups in their fixed bridge Ibanez and if so, did you need to rout the pickup cavities deeper?

It would be great if someone could also check and see what the cavity depth is in a RG7621 as I believe these have DiMarzios as standard. The depth in my RG is 17mm.

As ever, all help is much appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 08:51 AM
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you shouldn't need to rout the cavity for DiMarzios. have you tried screwing the mounting screws in deeper to compress the foam and lower the pickup? the screws are what really controls the pickup height, the foam thickness is secondary and just keeps tension on the screws like a spring.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 11:03 AM
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Sometimes the pickup is an acceptable thickness but the pole pieces are touching. In that case, even if you're not experienced with a router, you can drill 6 or 12 (depending on the number of pole pieces that go through) with a 1/4" drill bit. Drill them real shallow, just so you get another 1/8" or so. You might be fine just to put the foam in between the pole pieces and/or around them so they have more clearance.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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I've checked it out and routing is required as the new pups are a good 5mm deeper than the original units as well as the exit cable being thicker on the 4 conductor DiMazios compared to the 2 conductor Ibby units.

Fortunately, I've found a dude with a router and a steady hand
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