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I've just tried replacing the stock pickups in my RG550LTD with EMG 81/85 and it has come to my attention that the 81 will not fit in the bridge pickup aperture on the scratchplate.

For now I've managed to fit the slightly smaller 85 in to the bridge, and I've squeezed the 81 into the neck position, however I'm not keen on the sound of the pickups in those positions.

How can I fit the 81 in the bridge?

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Blowtorch would usually do the trick. If you don't have one of those use something to file it away at the needed place. I like fire so I usually use a torch.
 

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I would think from your description that you only need to make the hole a tiny bit bigger, so no need to go and get new tools: I would use fine sand paper and a small block of wood and take off a small amount of plastic at a time. Find something round that is the right diameter for the corners. Secret is to go slow and to support the edge that you are working on while you sand.
 

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Job done in 5 minutes with a flat and round file. It only needed very slight filing.

It seems I was overly paranoid about destroying the scratchplate! :)

Thanks for your advice.
 
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