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I used a Forstner bit to hog out (remove a lot of material at once) the pickup cavity before using the router.

I used a Forstner bit to hog out (remove a lot of material at once) the pickup cavity before using the router.

Through the cutout of the Router Guide the original pickup cavity route and the material to be removed to accommodate the new pickup can be seen.

Through the cutout of the Router Guide the original pickup cavity route and the material to be removed to accommodate the new pickup can be seen.

Almost done with the router. I'll take the guitar body out of the cradle and finish the bottom of the cavity to smooth out the imperfections.

Almost done with the router. I'll take the guitar body out of the cradle and finish the bottom of the cavity to smooth out the imperfections.

There's my first cut with the router on the far side of the Router Guide.

There's my first cut with the router on the far side of the Router Guide.

The finished Router Guide or Template will be attached to the face of the guitar body using screws into existing Bridge Mounting wood inserts and Pickguard screw holes. (I eventually used mounting tape instead of screws)

The finished Router Guide or Template will be attached to the face of the guitar body using screws into existing Bridge Mounting wood inserts and Pickguard screw holes. (I eventually used mounting tape instead of screws)

The Router Guide is now in place

The Router Guide is now in place

The Router Guide is removed and mounting tape is applied to the masking tape

The Router Guide is removed and mounting tape is applied to the masking tape

The area where the Router Guide is going to be mounted is masked with tape.

The area where the Router Guide is going to be mounted is masked with tape.

I used spray adhesive to attach a portion of a drawing of the J/P Bass route to a 1/8" thick piece of Masonite. It will be attached to the face of the guitar body by screws into the existing holes for the bridge and the pickguard to ensure precise alignment. The bold black lines are the outline of the P-style pickup as traced from the new pickguard. The lines surrounding the outline of the P-style pickup determine material to be remove from the Router Guide and the exact path of the router…

I used spray adhesive to attach a portion of a drawing of the J/P Bass route to a 1/8" thick piece of Masonite. It will be attached to the face of the guitar body by screws into the existing holes for the bridge and the pickguard to ensure precise alignment. The bold black lines are the outline of the P-style pickup as traced from the new pickguard. The lines surrounding the outline of the P-style pickup determine material to be remove from the Router Guide and the exact path of the router…

The Router is placed in position over the guitar body and the alignment of the router bit's ball bearing with the router guide is checked.

The Router is placed in position over the guitar body and the alignment of the router bit's ball bearing with the router guide is checked.

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