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Humbucker Pickup Routing Template

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Humbucker Pickup Routing Template For body cavity rout

For body cavity rout

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Humbucker Pickup Routing Template For pickguard cutout

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Humbucker Pickup Routing Template

About This Item

Transparent acrylic templates to rout for Gibson humbucking pickup.

Laser-cut for precise edges: Our routing templates are laser-cut for smooth edged precision, and centerlines are laser-etched when needed for correct placement.

Our 3/16" (4.76mm) transparent acrylic templates ensure proper router placement on a guitar body or pickguard, eliminate guesswork and produce cleaner results. They can be positioned with countersunk screws or double-stick tape.

Carbide-tipped Ball-bearing Router Bits are preferred for use with our templates.

These single-coil templates are also included in our Pickup/Control Cavity Routing Template Set which has ALL of our Gibson and Fender pickup routing shapes plus control cavities.


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4.0

Well designed, if you know how to use them

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I'd give it another star if it were a bit thicker (personal preference) but they're plenty thick enough if you know how to use them. There seem to only be a few common problems that a lot of users have.

1. Template Too Large:
There are two ways to address.. one better than the other. You could wrap tape around the inside to shrink the template hole which should work but it's, at best, an awkward solution. Better option is to swap out the bearing on your router bit. Say you are using a 1/2-inch "top bearing flush cut trim bit" (sometimes called a pattern bit). To route a cavity that was 1/16" smaller in every dimension, you need a bearing stands out 1/16" past the cutting edge. That's 1/6" more radius on the bearing, so the total bearing size would be twice that (2 x radius = diameter). 1/2" cutter has a 1/4" [4/16"] radius.. so 2 x (4/16" + 1/16") = 10/16" [5/8"] wide. The center opening will match your router bit shank (1/4" or 1/2"). $9 at Rockler.com (item# 58292).

2. Trouble Using [Keeping Bit Inside, Damaging Template]
This one is easy. Template bits are only designed to cut on their outside edges... not to plunge down into wood like they're drill bits. I'm lazy enough that I've tried enough to know that they want to skitter around when you try start a cavity with one.
What you should be doing to have more control over your template bit is... start at the drill press.
Inside the cavity you wish to route, drill a hole larger than the width of your router bit. You can use a very large drill bit, but you're not going to get a flat-bottom hole at exactly the right depth.
Ideally, you should be using a "Forstner Bit". Ideally, you would use the Forstner bit to remove MOST of the wood from the pickup cavity and then use the router bit to just finish the edges with this template.
Important to remember, BIG forestner bits require lots of power so don't try to 'hog out' most of your pickup cavity with a 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" unless you've got a decent drill press. You'll probably be better off with drilling 4 to 6 holes inside the cavity area with a smaller bit... like a 3/4" or 5/8" bit. That should run you $8 to $10.

3. Too Large AND I'm damaging it:
You can address both issues by using a "Router Guide Bushing" instead of relying on the bearing on a template bit. The bushing attaches to the bottom of your router plate and does the job of a bearing. You pick one slightly larger than the router bit you're using... one benefit is you can use cheaper strait-cut (bearing-less) router bits with your bushings.
Remember, if your bushing 'neck' is too long (protrudes past bottom of the template), just cut the tip off so the neck is just short of the 3/16" thickness of this template.

Last tips...
If your router can take a 1/2" shank bit, buy a 1/2" shank template bit (or straight bit for use with bushing). I find they route much cleaner pockets than 1/4" shank bits... more so than I expected they would. This seems to be true even if the cutting head is smaller than the shank (like a 3/8" cutting 1/2" shank bit).
If you use a bearing or bushing larger than the radius of the template corners, you won't be able to get your cut into them. With this template.. at least for the final pass.. you'll need a fairly small cutting head, especially if you're routing a smaller pocket with an over-sized bearing or bushing.

Hope this helps. Build on.
Steven.

5.0

definitely get 2

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One alone is not thick enough to have the bearing make good contact and the cutting bit to be a good height to start cutting. You could also shim up the template but that makes it harder to align it perfectly and securely on the wood.
You'll need a 3/8 bit to get into the corners.

5.0

Just needed tools for the shop

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Verified Buyer


Makes it much easier to rout the pickups

5.0

Routing templates

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the guitar neck template , the humbucker routing template and the two router bits for my latest guitar project. I wish I had do so earlier. They made sharp and precise cuts. I was very pleased with the results and would highly recommend both novice and professional guitar builders to get these items.

5.0

Nice piece of equipment

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Verified Buyer


Works great, perfect for adding a humbucker to something that has single coil routes or for modifying your own custom templates. Definitely take the time to make an mdf copy of this to use for your everyday routing so you don't screw up your master template. Thanks again Stew-Mac!

5.0

Time saver!

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Forget the headache of trying to make your own templates.
For the price, this is the way to go. Super precise and easy to use.

5.0

Great All Around

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Great Quality and price. No need to spend extra money and TIME to make your own, just buy this one, and you're ready to go.

5.0

Easy as pie!

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I've never used a router or template of any kind in my life. Aligning the template was easy. I was just cleaning out what appeared to be a free-hand route on a MIM tele for the bridge. Worked perfectly to provide a clean finished look and feel.

5.0

Good to have around

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I build custom guitars

1.0

Didn't work for me

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The template was too thin and my router bit tore up the edges. I'm a novice at guitar building, and using a router. Perhaps someone knows how to use the template better than me. If there is a better technique, I wish the template came with instructions. Otherwise, I wish the template was made in half inch MDF. Also, the dimension may be too wide for some pick up rings. I'm starting over with my own handmade template.

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