Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates

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Transparent acrylic templates to rout for Strat® and Tele® pickups.

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Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates For Strat or Tele neck pickup cavity

For Strat or Tele neck pickup cavity

Item # 1096
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Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates For Tele bridge pickup cavity

For Tele bridge pickup cavity

Item # 1099
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Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates For Strat pickguard cutout

For Strat pickguard cutout

Item # 1097
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Transparent acrylic templates to rout for Strat® and Tele® pickups.

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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Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates

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Nice try, but not perfect

By Charlie Livingston from Waxhaw, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 06, 2011

For this price, these are probably just barely worth it, better than making your own from scratch. But with a material this thin, it doesn't work well as a final router jig; I'd recommend using it as a starting template to make your own jig out of 1/2" - 3/4" plywood.

You need that much wall surface for enough flexibility on your bit's roller bearing(s); this thin 1/8" wall won't even hold 1 roller bearing's width, so you'll constantly be resetting your router bit in the collet to work around the adjustment limitations for successive pass depths, and that's very time consuming and frustrating. Better to do that once, get a clean jig, not risk your bit jumping off the template wall and ruining your guitar. If you accidentally ruin the jig you can always make another one cheap.

Also, they seem to have some problem with their center line laser etching; mine was about 1-2 mm off, and although that doesn't sound like much, it was obvious to the eye when I did a test tracing that the pickup outline was slightly off center to the right (the Strat tremolo template had the same problem, which is why I wonder if it's systemic and not just 1 was goofed).

Final verdict, for this low price it was worth it just to have a decent template without having to make it myself, but triple check your center lines and make a 3/4" jig from it, then rout your guitar!

nice, but could be improved

By Murray from Champlin, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The templates could be thicker. It's hard to use a bushing or bearing with these. I put a shim between the tempate and the guitar, then removed it when the cavity was deep enough, and it helped. Also, the Tele template string holes are not accrurate for all Tele bridges. On the newer bridges, the string holes are closer to the pickup cavity. check before routing.


By Alfredo Rocha from Mexico City, Mexico
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 30, 2011

They came with a protective layer of paper.

Really good material. It's really well made and it's been really useful. I'll buy the complete kit soon, i hope.


By Julius from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 14, 2011

just too thin,but copying it and making my own template from this with wood solved that.

Acrylic router templates

By Bart Long from Cheyenne, WY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 08, 2011

These router guides are very precise and make routing a new body a cinch. Great product!!


By lycker from cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 07, 2011

for accurate and fast works


By James Love from Z-Tron
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 14, 2010

plastic routing templates... what else do you want?

Perhaps a little TOO accurate?

By B. Ennis from Saskatchewan, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 10, 2010

I love StewMac's acrylic routing templates. They make routing an absolute breeze. However, make sure you are spot-on with your single-coil routs: the hole you route with this particular template will hardly be bigger than the pickup itself, so if your cavity is off by even a millimeter or two you might run into alignment problems with your pickguard. Test-fit your pickguard and pickups BEFORE you finish your guitar and make sure those holes are in exactly the right spots!

Great value for a superb simple tool

By Guituru from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's true, you can make templates for yourself, but these are so reasonably priced it would cost more in labor and materials to DIY.

Another advantage of these: Fender pickup-placement is less than optimal for single coil pickups near the neck. Many players have discovered that harmonics are mysteriously missing on their Strat neck-pickup. That's because the standard Fender-spec placement is at a node. Moving the neck pickup forward or backward just 1/8th inch, you can find those "ghost" harmonics. Also, these individual templates allow you to flip the Tele bridge pickup for lefties, or to tame the brittle tone of a right-slanted bridge pickup.

Stew-mac has many good products, but this is by far one of their best values. It's a case where the economy of scale really benefits the buyer and allows the seller to make a fair profit too.

These are accurate, simple, smooth, inexpensive and durable. Centerlines are a great feature for alignment on clear acrylic. Highly recommended!

Work great!

By Schuyler from San Francisco, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 16, 2010

I use these all the time.

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