needed gold to match the gold cover of the pickup I rebuilt and the rest of the gold hardware on the guitar. gives the guitar a great look..the mint green, gold and blue have an original look, but went together so well
I have to agree with a previous poor review....
1) There's some kind of film on the finish, with blemishes.
2) On mine,The hole pattern for mounting the pickup to the plate is off (too wide)which makes this plate useless to me.
I've had good luck with ALMOST everything else I've purchased from SM. Sadly, these items are junk.....
I grabbed a single mounting ring for a tele project I'm working on. It showed up individually packaged in perfect condition. Not much to go wrong with these - it was what I expected so I was pleased there were no surprises.
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.
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