Today I created the cavity for the Humbucker (an EMG 81X). But before I researched how I could place it best. There is an interesting article about fundamental overtones on the open strings, but every time, when you play other notes on the fretboard, the resulting overtones and the string-length are different. Therefore the location of the Pickup doesn’t matter that much. You will always emphasize some tones more than others. The common rule says, that you will get more bass the more you move the pickup towards the neck. I decided to use a position 3cm away from the saddles. In my opinion there is no reason to use one of these pieces of plastic called “mounting ring”, because you can screw the Pickup directly into the wood. The downside of the direct mount is, that the height-adjustment is not so comfortable, but you can do it with a bit of foam rubber under the Pickup.
The lines, which I had drawn, when I had installed the bridge, were also very helpful for the Pickup-placement. I could easily see, where the virtual edge of the fretboard is.
At last I executed the caving with the router. It took more time than I had expected (as always), but now it fits.
Next I thought about how to realize the cavities for the Volume-Poti and the Battery. Though I have a very long 10mm Wood-bit I didn’t like to drill such a wide channel through the guitar. Therefore I have chosen a lay-out for the electronics, which shortens the way from the jack socket to the Pickup. I don’t need the Volume-Control close to the bridge like others, so I installed the Volume-Control half-way between the Pickup and the Jack-socket.
I used a driller-stand in combination with a 35mm centre-bit, which I had already before. Though I was a bit anxious at last, because the remaining top is quite thin, it worked fine.
The last work today became the holes for the string-through-body bridge. I used the driller-stand again, because these holes should be as straight as possible.
Outlook: I am not sure, how much time I will have tomorrow, but hopefully I will
- Do the caving for the battery
- Drill from the jack to the Pickup
- Drill holes for the guitar-strap
- Install the Jack socket
- Carve a bit, where the trussrod comes out, to make it reachable without removing the whole neck
- Apply the first layer of paint
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