It looks ok for the body cavity, but I can't imagine how it could be used for the pickguard cutout, which is far more critical.
Cavity is perfect,,,bigger work space for router base would be good !! ps,,those who state thicker templates,,they make pattern tracing bits that are 1/2 x 1/2 ,,works like a charm with this thin material . then just go over the cut with a 3/8's tracer
I've spent a lot of time thinking this through beforehand, and I've decided to give a review based on logic and analysis... For those of you that didn't give this 5 stars, I present these thoughts. If you don't have a CNC machine, you are not going to get the 1/8 inch radiused corners of a P-pickup route into the body. I don't know why no one has realized this but you can forget it, not going to happen. They don't make a 1/8 inch flute bit with a bearing on top, unless Dremei makes one. What does exist however, is a 3/16 pattern/trim bit with a bearing on the bottom. So you can pattern the inside from a Fender pickguard to make your own pickguard or mounting ring, or if you're building a replica, then you're going to use a pickguard anyway. And by the way, if you want to make you're own humbucker mounting rings, you will need the 3/16 pattern bit. EVEN IF Stewmac offered a perfectly precise template with 1/8 radiused corners, you still won't get them tight enough with a 3/8 or 1/2 inch flute bit. And believe me, I've looked for small router bits.
So my recommendation to you all is assume you will use a pickguard if you think you might not like the look of the slightly larger and rounded corner route from this template. If you're painting it black then it won't really be obvious anyways, but I'm just taking all these things into consideration. I haven't tried the jazz pup template, but it looks like the 3/8 bit will give you tight corners, haven't analyzed it yet. I'm giving this 5 stars because its made precisely, with lines to line it up with. I'll use this for the body and cover it with my own custom mounting plate/ring which I patterned already, and then zipped around the outside for the final shape. Sorry I'm not providing a picture at this time but the pickups fit tight into it. Once I'm done I will put the P-pups in the route, then put my ring over it to line it up, then drill my holes for the ring into the body. Easy as pie :-)
This template is a great disappointment. I have always been very satisfied with StewMac products but this one isn't worth the money. It is a very sloppy fit. It is certainly too sloppy for a body route and I would think even for a pickguard. The J template is a perfect fit so I am at a loss to explain why this one is so poor in comparison.
I'm building my take on the P-Bass with split Prec p'up and Jazz bridge p'up, neither being set into a pickguard.I've got the templates for P90/mini hum, Jazz bridge and full-size 'bucker and they're great, but the P-Bass is a total dud!
The Fender Vintage pickup doesn't fit (maybe the Golden Age ones do?) and the screw flange routs are far too large! Very disappointing. So I now have to somehow fill in the extra space and re-rout free-hand or find p'up covers with huge screw flanges.
Body cavity - yes. Pickguard - not a chance. It's simply not the same shape or size as a P-Bass pickup! Not nearly good enough for professional fit and finish. StewMac did such a perfect job on the J-Bass pup template (recommended) but I'm very disappointed with this one.
Perfect for under pickguard cavities but too big for open no-pickguard cavities. Template should be pickup sized like the Jazz Bass templates.
I had to do a little final hand shaping of the pickguard opening, but still pretty good.
Good for an under the pickguard roomy body cavity, but not as ideal for a no-pickguard snug fitting body cavity or a close fitting pickguard opening. It works fine, so it just depends on how close you what your pu's to fit, especially at the side screw flanges.
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