Gluing Pickup Directly to Guitar Body

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  1. Omerandr

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    I recently got a Gretsch G5260 Electromatic Jet baritone.
    Build quality is great and I really enjoy playing it.
    the only thing bothering me are the Gretsch mini-humbuckers that come stock in this guitar - they f*ckn suck. They sound like someone has put a blanket on the speaker when I compare it with my Dimarzio Titans equipped PRS.

    The pickup cavity is a little strange, but after some experimenting with some spare pickup i had lying around, By removing the baseplate I can fit a humbucker in this cavity.

    What's the best way to glue the metal bottom of the pickup to the non finished wood in the cavity? I guess I'm not the first moron trying to pull this off.
    (I have zero experience with woodwork and no intention of drilling this guitar.)

    Thanks
     
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    So you won't drill into it, but you'll gladly glue it into place and risk pulling a massive chunk of wood out if you ever need to remove the pickup?

    This strikes me as something that could be more damaging in the long run.
     
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    Gluing sounds like a bad idea. The optimal and least-destructive idea would be to find a mini-humbucker that you like.

    If you must do a full-size humbucker, consider how soapbar pickups are mounted. My thought is that you could preserve some of the humbucker baseplate, tap a new hole in the cleft between the bobbins as a direct-mount. It might look funny, but that's probably going to be unavoidable.
     
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    I am all for rigging shit up to make it work for you so, I’m on your side here. Just keep in mind if you glue, you can never adjust the pickup height. Not a great idea.

    throw up some pictures of the inside of the cavity, and the back of the pickup and let’s see if we can’t “engineer” a decent solution for this.
     
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    It'd be easier and smarter to just route the cavity to a desired size.
     
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    This actually.
    I assumed it was a semi hollow or hollow body but, since its solid, and a flat top, routing it is a way better option.
     
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    Can’t you just have the SD Custom shop make you a mini humbucker of whatever you want?
     
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    I just looked and those are some odd pickup routes on that guitar...it looks like an oversized mini humbucker pickup covers, that are countersunk.

    It almost looks like an EMG 7 string soap bar style pickup would fit, but not with those round edges. Maybe you can find a 5-string bass soap bar pickup cover, and use double sided tape to attach the humbucker inside, and possibly use the existing holes to raise and lower the humbucker, it's hard to say without measurements.
     
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    before doing anything, have you tried different pot values, higher than those installed?
     
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    Seriously, don't do it. You'll have no way of adjusting the pickup height and I can pretty much guarantee you'll regret it eventually.
     
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    Gluing a Toyota Tacoma to a guitar is a very unwise idea.
    Even more of the case should you try that with the likes of a Ford F150 (yikes).

    But really, there isn't any good reason to just glue pickups into your guitar.
     
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    OK I got the point...
    I guess I'll try drilling some custom base plate to act as an adapter between the humbucker and the mini-humbucker cavity.

    the problem with other pickups is that they just wont fit.
    It not a real mini-humbucker. It is a Gretsch mini-humbucker I tried a P90 and it didn't fit because of screw position. I see that Seymour Duncan makes 90 sized humbucker but it looks like the screws won't be exactly where the holes are in the cavity. Also, I want to put a Lundgren M6 in this beast, which I don't think I can get get in a p90 housing.
     
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    a mini bucker isn't the same size as a p90. a mini bucker is a mini bucker.

    try some replacement mini buckers. some of them are really good.
     
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    They old screw hole and the area where the new one should be overlap a little. wouldn't it mess up the wood in this area? I have zero experience with drilling/filling wood.
     
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    Tooth picks with glue inside the old hole. Drill a new one where ever needed.
     
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    Take it to a shop.
     
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    Ever consider ordering a custom pickup of the right size from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop?
     

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