Epiphone Les Paul Modern project

francvernet

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Hello all, new member here.

Once a read-only user without Les Paul, but I recently bought an Epi Les Paul Modern carcass (wood-only) and hope to be more actively present on the forum.
The goal, of course, is to make a playable guitar out of it. I have already put Grover tuners on it and a temporary bridge and stop tail; leftovers from an SG build. I am in the process of buying a Gotoh bridge for it (GE103B-T), the stop tail I might keep.
Next step in my mind is to find the correct pickup rings so I can fill and redrill the holes. There are already holes from previous rings, but in my experience, there is little chance that a new set of rings will fit the current holes.

My question is: what is the correct height for the rings? I don't want them too low as it looks silly, but I also don't want them too high as the pickups will then touch the strings.

Anyone here with a Modern that could check this?
 

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In my experience, if you buy any metric rings, they'll fit right in. Make sure you get ones with curved bottom and height is usually pretty standard for metric rings.
 

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So I went ahead and guestimated the height looking at videos of both the Epi and the Gibson and ordered new rings.

Height 7-9mm for the bridge and 5-7mm for the neck.

Never knew there were so many different sizes available :hmm:.
These are somewhat bigger than the originals, which was on purpose, because the pickup cavities look pretty wide and I didn't want them to show.

Right now I am trying to find the ideal position with regards to the strings before drilling new holes.

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