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Mis-adventures In Modding

Sometimes things just don't go as planned. I had an old set of Dimarzio pickups I wanted to swap into my cheap Chinese headless guitar that I'm playing with. Unfortunately, the pickup routes are far too shallow for the height of Dimarzio pickups. So, I was left with three options.

- Route the cavities deeper (not going to happen since I no longer have a shop space, or the tools)
- Replace the baseplate (cheap people don't spend money on cheap gear)
- Bend, cut, and re-drill new screw holes in the mounting tabs. (seemed like a great idea at the time)

Unfortunately, a little too much bending and a tab broke right off. I was just going to scrap the idea and put the stock pickups back in. They weren't that bad, just a little too high output for my taste. Our super-frugal, ultra-DIY specialist warehouse manager Kamil came up with a unique solution. So, I got the camera, and we got rolling.



Would I recommend this mod for others? No. Maybe if you're in a pinch and either don't know how or don't want to do one of the other (better) options. But it worked out ok in the end for me. More videos/demos of the custom wiring job and playing will come later.

Mod safe, and mod awesome!
 
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Here's an alternative, Jon. Cut out a piece of copper-clad PCB material, shape it to accommodate the height-adjustment screw spaces and adjustable slugs, and glue it to the bottom plate. That would "shave off" a few 32nds of an inch. It would also avoid the risk to the coils/bobbins of applying that much heat to the baseplate. The thing is that baseplates act as heat-sinks which requires application of a LOT of heat locally to melt the solder.
 

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Here's an alternative, Jon. Cut out a piece of copper-clad PCB material, shape it to accommodate the height-adjustment screw spaces and adjustable slugs, and glue it to the bottom plate. That would "shave off" a few 32nds of an inch.
I don't have copper clad PCB material lying around, so that wasn't really an option. Interesting though. Something I wouldn't have considered.

It would also avoid the risk to the coils/bobbins of applying that much heat to the baseplate.
Removing the baseplate before doing this would also have solved that concern. Kamil was too excited about his solution and started soldering before we thought to remove the baseplate. It worked out ok in the end. The pickups are mounted and sound good. Videos to come of the custom wiring diagram and sound demo.
 

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I had an old set of Dimarzio pickups I wanted to swap into my cheap Chinese headless guitar that I'm playing with.
Hi, I have just been looking around on Ali Express and saw a couple of semi-Strandberg copies. One was brand named Grote (looked like a Boden with a Steinberger string system at the nut) and the other was from NK guitars said it was a Steinberger copy, but didn't really look like one, it has a Strandberg style nut. Both had a bridge assembly that require a little magnetized allen key 'crank' to tune it that slips into a hole at the top of the bridge. Kind of cool concept, but maybe a bit of a pain.

I am itching to pull the trigger on one so I will be looking forward to your video series.

Any time frame on the release date?
 
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