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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Thanks mate, I can see what you mean from that. I like the idea of the FU-Tone thingy but I have a different idea in mind for the mounting system. A bit of a hybrid of their concept and your execution of direct mount. Will work it through with my machinist at work and see if it is feasible.
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    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    Hi Frankie, on my 2 latest P90 guitars I direct mounted the pu's to the body. Like Simon says, you just need to work out your preferred distance between strings and poles. I guess if you are a fiddler and always looking for something to adjust or someway to improve your guitar that's not the way to go.


    I pretty much know what I like in a guitar setup and will probably not deviate from that too much so I thought that direct mounting might help tone a bit. But (queue Schultz's voice) "I know nothing".

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    Judging string height on an unfinished build is the challenge as I had to re-do mine on the EX-1 a couple of times as originally (as in that photo) they were set too low and deep into the body and when amped up were lacking the serious grunt they were supposed to have. Raising them about 5mm made the world of difference.
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    Just took these shots 10 mins ago to show what it looks like now. Hope this helps in some way?
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 under construction https://goo.gl/gvrPkp

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Yeah that's brilliant Waz, thanks for that mate!
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Thanks Robin, I have sketched out a couple of days ideas to mock up in scrap and I'll see how they go. I'm toying with just buying and trying the bar in Simon's suggestion also.
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    Overlord of Music wazkelly's Avatar
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    If you have some old meccano kicking around maybe that might do the job? If not, maybe a wall bracket from a hardware store could be cut down to size and would be quicker and cheaper than buying a purpose built one from the US.
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 under construction https://goo.gl/gvrPkp

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    I've a full machine shop at work, I reckon I can get them to sort me out!
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    Overlord of Music wazkelly's Avatar
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    Even better.
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 under construction https://goo.gl/gvrPkp

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    You're going to need a fairly thick mounting bar so that you can get a few full screw threads in it to support the pickup without it being wobbly.
    Build #1 ES-3 under construction http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6489
    Build #2 EX-1 (with alder body) Yet to start. http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...093#post123093
    Build #3 Customised ES-1 for an ES-330 style build. On order, expected November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    You're going to need a fairly thick mounting bar so that you can get a few full screw threads in it to support the pickup without it being wobbly.
    Yeah mate, I'm thinking a minimum 3-5 mm thick and probably thicker in the middle. I need to review the neck angle to set up the angle of the mount and the screw holes. It's all a bit theoretical at the moment.
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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