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    I'm not as fond of the original OLP pickups like some people. Awhile back I found an old Seymour Duncan Trembucker I had, and decided to put it in the Olp.

    The tabs on the side of the pickup of the trembucker would not fit into the routing of the guitar. They were square shape and the routing is more of a pyramid shape.

    I never heard anyone else who swapped pickups running into this problem. Am I right in assuming all other replacement pickups wont fit as well? I was hoping to put a Seymour Duncan custom custom in there.

    What type of tool would i need to do the extra routing needed? Can this be done easily by someone like me who has no skills?

    What is the string spacing for this guitar? I have the vintage trem model.

    What pot would I buy for an upgrade in this guitar?

    Thanks for any help.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike529 View Post
    I'm not as fond of the original OLP pickups like some people. Awhile back I found an old Seymour Duncan Trembucker I had, and decided to put it in the Olp.

    The tabs on the side of the pickup of the trembucker would not fit into the routing of the guitar. They were square shape and the routing is more of a pyramid shape.

    I never heard anyone else who swapped pickups running into this problem. Am I right in assuming all other replacement pickups wont fit as well? I was hoping to put a Seymour Duncan custom custom in there.

    What type of tool would i need to do the extra routing needed? Can this be done easily by someone like me who has no skills?

    What is the string spacing for this guitar? I have the vintage trem model.

    What pot would I buy for an upgrade in this guitar?

    Thanks for any help.

    Mike
    Don't mod the guitar body, simply cut the tabs on the pup to shape with a good pair of snips, use the pickup you took out as a guide....simle 2 min job

    as for pots you cant go wrong with a cts 500k audio taper pot, but any 500k pot will do....it's a simple job to swap out if you are handy with a soldering iron, if not take it to a decent tech, he'll have the job done for you in 10 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike529 View Post
    I'm not as fond of the original OLP pickups like some people. Awhile back I found an old Seymour Duncan Trembucker I had, and decided to put it in the Olp.

    The tabs on the side of the pickup of the trembucker would not fit into the routing of the guitar. They were square shape and the routing is more of a pyramid shape.

    I never heard anyone else who swapped pickups running into this problem. Am I right in assuming all other replacement pickups wont fit as well? I was hoping to put a Seymour Duncan custom custom in there.

    What type of tool would i need to do the extra routing needed? Can this be done easily by someone like me who has no skills?

    What is the string spacing for this guitar? I have the vintage trem model.

    What pot would I buy for an upgrade in this guitar?

    Thanks for any help.

    Mike
    +1 on what my fellow Englishman Tommy sez. I will tell you a bit of a secret, however:

    larger sized pots don't fit in the space provided if you were to use the standard location. A competent tech could guide you around this by either filling the hole and moving it a fraction, or you could switch the location of the switch and the pot. One other possibility is to make the cavity larger, but this is, again, a job for a competent tech.

    Cracking good guitars those OLP's are.

    Any F-spaced pickup will work fine, as far as string spacing goes.
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    D'oh! I used a chisel to get the SD pickups into the OLP pickup cavity, but I was repainting the body, too. Snips are probably a better idea.

    The comment about the 500k pot is correct. I had to make the hole a little bigger and "carve out" some extra space for it to fit. It wasn't the most difficult thing in the world, but just be aware that it will not be a direct replacement.

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    I used a rasp on my #1 OLP to fit a Duncan '59 in. It gives it a cool, Frankenstrat kinda "messed up but works well" vibe. I probably wouldn't do it to another guitar, but for this particular guitar, it just felt like the right thing to do at the time. As soon as I pull it out of its tattered and worn gig bag, everyone can see it's a guitar with attitude!
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    Why not just use the brackets off the original pickups?
    All you'd need to do is unsolder and resolder the ground wire.

    Another thing I like to do is remove the "foam" on the backside of the pickups that they use to help raise the pickups to proper height and use wooden shims to hard mount them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clawedmonet View Post
    The comment about the 500k pot is correct. I had to make the hole a little bigger and "carve out" some extra space for it to fit. It wasn't the most difficult thing in the world, but just be aware that it will not be a direct replacement.
    They make 500k mini pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    They make 500k mini pots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Why not just use the brackets off the original pickups?
    All you'd need to do is unsolder and resolder the ground wire.

    Another thing I like to do is remove the "foam" on the backside of the pickups that they use to help raise the pickups to proper height and use wooden shims to hard mount them.

    I like those shims, Dino. I have a couple of guitar projects going right now where I want to hard mount the pickups, but of course the pickup cavities were routed too deep. Without having to take forever and a day to make shims with my limited tools, I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it.

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    Thanks for the idea's.

    I'm having trouble finding the custom custom pickup that is f spaced. Where did you guys buy yours?

    I only see a traditional spaced version. Any chance I could get by on that?

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike529 View Post
    Thanks for the idea's.

    I'm having trouble finding the custom custom pickup that is f spaced. Where did you guys buy yours?

    I only see a traditional spaced version. Any chance I could get by on that?

    Mike

    Dimarzio actually coined the term "F-Spaced".
    Seymour Duncan calls them "Trem-Spaced" or "Trembuckers"
    A standard spaced Seymour Duncan "Custom Custom" is a model SH-11.
    The "Trembucker" version is a model TB-11.

 

 

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