and works great too
It gives a really nice look with mi carved top Tele
Nice metal and the screws are strong
this cover plate is great. looks sharp and fits great, if doing your own build, make sure that you have your tremolo/bridge installed and verify clearance, I almost had a mess, my fault not the products.
Two big problems with these rings:
1) There's some kind of film on the finish, so they don't really look black. More like cloudy dark gray, with blemishes. I've tried cleaning them with isopropyl and mineral spirits, but the film remains.
2) The hole pattern is slightly off center from the outside geometry, so that it biases the pickup mount towards one side of your machined pocket.
I've had good luck with everything else I've purchased from SM. Sadly, these items sucketh.
I used this pick up ring and pots I bought from StewMac.com for this guitar that I built and gave away in a free raffle at Cedar Lane school in Vienna Va. The ring looks way better then a pick guard. Every item I have bought from them has been top notch and never a problem.
I have used these on Tele builds and will be doing a Strat build using these. I use the ring as the template and have had no problems. I used them on pre made bodies and you just need to be careful and mark where the holes go. Plus they are cheaper here than most other sites. Thanks StewMac
Just the item to use if you don't want to cover your figured top with a pickguard. As mentioned in other reviews, due to the hole spacing there's not much room for error when cutting the pup cavities. For pickup height screws, use Tele-Bridge screws - the Tele screw head will not hit the pickup.
I used one of these on a recent telecaster build with highly figured wood. I didn't want to hide the awesome wood with a pick guard and this worked perfectly and fit perfectly with a standard Tele neck pickup.
I've been using these pickup rings on our guitars for a while now. I've had no issues with fit using Seymour Duncan or Amalfitano pickups. We love using these as an alternative to plastic rings and will continue to use them when requested.
I have used these on several strats, but have just had to accept the fact that you have to leave the pickups bare, with NO COVERS. The pickup mounting screw hole is so close to the center that the mounting screw head actually gouges into the plastic cover. (look at their pic- it's right at the edge of the opening, and you know how big the head is on a strat pickup screw)
Come to think of it, the holes aren't well spaced for use with pickups made from stewmac's single coil kit either. The holes on the pickup are spaced farther apart than the holes on this mounting ring, and they do not line up, so your screws end up pointing outward in order to thread in. these would be great if they'd move those screw holes out a little bit. That would solve both the problems I have had with them.
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