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Thread: Direct mount pickups

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    Anyone tried doing a direct mount with the PitBull humbucker rout?? Cos I was just thinking that usually they have a shallower flat rout floor for the direct mounted pickups but I was wondering if it was possible to do on the PitBull kits too.

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    I don't see why it would be a problem, you'd just have to add some wood or increase the length of the spring + screws, because you're going to lose a lot of gain/output on the pickups when they are too far from the strings.

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    I was thinking that if I had to add wood, I may as well shim it perfectly to get a straight body mount. I was just wondering if anyone had tried it and I could do it without much extra work.

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    I've done it with my IB-1. I used foam tape like this to pack under the pickups.
    The routs aren't as neat as you would expect for top mounting, I used black shielding paint in the cavities instead of copper tape.
    'As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.'

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    Thanks for the tip Pablopepper. Do you know where I can get that kinda stuff?? Btw, nice IB-1. Blows mine out of the water. I like the Duncans (I'm guessing).

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    you can get the foam tape from hardware stores

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    Sounds great. Thanks!!

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    I got the shielding paint on eBay. It's messy, expensive stuff, but it serves it's purpose. Are you building an IB1?
    'As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.'

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    You can also use high impact foam such as the stuff those exercise mat thingys are made out of.
    Readily available from clark rubber or your local k mart/big doublya. I use this and the leftover makes a great work top protector for working on your axe.
    If you dont want to use the expensive, messy and not very efficient shielding paint you can always use a matt black enamel paint over the copper tape.

    There is always a workaround for glitches, mistakes and other Guitar building gremlins.....

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    Pablopepper, my IB-1 is done. This is for the next kit I intend to build.
    DB, thanks!! I have a few of those mats lying around so Ill probably use that as a nice cheap and available solution. I also have some matt black aluminium foil thats pretty thick and works well for shielding pup cavities, so Ill probs use that and then copper tape for the control cavity.

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