Pickup Cavity Route

DobieG

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I am new to the forum and would like to introduce myself. I have been reading for several months and started my Les Paul Standard build in June.

I have completed the body with the exception of routing the pickup cavities and carving the top. I am not 100% sure on the depth of the pickup cavities nor the legs(posts) for the pickups themselves. I believe that the deeper route for the legs is done by a mortus drill jig and the rest by a router.

Can anyone confirm this for me and verify the depth for the cavities? I would greatly appreciate the help.

Thanks in advance,

VR
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P.S. I will be posting some pics on the build soon.
 

bfcg

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Welcome to the forum.

Bridge PU cavity legs: 1.384" deep
Bridge PU cavity depth: Angled from 1.015-.971(bridge side deepest)

Neck PU cavity legs: 1.463" deep
Neck PU cavity depth: 1.097

You can thank John Catto for the measurements.
 

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Is the angle in the bridge cavity a result of the pup plane? I am assuming that the pup's are routed first before the plane angle is routed and that would lead to the "angle". My previous 2 guitars I had built had neck angles but no plane, hence my question added.
 

DobieG

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That is a great question whether to route the plane first and then the cavity.

I think I should do the plane first, but I am really not sure how? I routed the joint for the tendon with no problem. I used a jig at a 4.4. degree angle and it turned out fine.

I am assuming the same method would work with a 1.5 degree pickup plane angle just measure the start/stop points so it will work out. I am a little shaky on the depth for the router but the angle stuff is easy to work out via a jig.

If anyone knows the best method I would like to hear from you'all.

Thanks,
SF
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jtmullet

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If I'm not mistaken the angle of the pickup cavities should be the same as the the neck tennon because in the old days they would carve the top then mount a angled template on the bottom of the body to use with a pin router and do all the top routes at once.
 

shanestyle

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bfcg,

Thanks for the numbers. Based on your measurements, I assume the StewMac plans are way off?

Why would the SM plan say the bridge pickup cavity is 13/16" deep and only 1/4" at the posts? That is so confusing...
 

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