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How to fit a Les Paul pickup ring to the curved top

Issue 192 June 06, 2013

Trade Secrets Video
Don't ruin your pickup rings by skipping this step! Dan Erlewine nibbles, files, scrapes and sands to create a curve that matches the top of his Les Paul.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkYour Les Paul's top is curved, but it's not radiused
  • checkmarkHot Tip! The half-pencil trick comes in handy again!
  • checkmarkLow-tack tape from a sign shop protects your finish
  • checkmarkMaking a wooden holder for shaping the plastic
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Plastic Humbucker Mounting Rings
Traditional plastic mounting rings for Gibson-« humbuckers.
Fret Puller
Specially ground mini end-nippers that will cleanly pull frets from the fingerboard and eliminate excessive fingerboard chip-out.
Nut and Saddle Shaping Files
Specialty files for smoother, easier nut and saddle shaping.
  $3.99   $26.45   $26.75
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Scraper Blades
6 versions for ultra-smooth wood surfaces. The best way to trim bindings, too!
3M Double-stick Tape
Clear tape for holding router templates and attaching acoustic guitar pickguards.
Sandpaper / Finishing Paper Sampler
See what a difference precision abrasives can make!
  $6.38   $17.97   $21.52
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