#1
I want to get rid of the pickup rings on my guitar and just mount the pickups on the wood. How exactly would I go about doing this?
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#2
What kind of guitar is it?
If it's got shallow pickup rings you might be ok, but with something like a LP where the bridge ring is quite deep I don't think you'll be able to do it.
#3
You might have to fill up the cavities a bit if it does have deep cavities.
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#4
It has fairly deep cavities (I think - I really don't have anything to compare them to), but what I've seen/heard about is a piece of foam placed underneath the pickup or springs put on the screws.
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#5
^ foam of some kind would be the way to go.

my p-bass has foam, kinda like you find on some in-ear headphones. it's fairly easy to compress, but goes back to it's original shape when you take the pressure off. so it holds the pickup up to a maximum height, then when you tighten the screws, it just compresses it further down.

I don't remember what I used on my 7 string, but it was a similar material I found lying around..

you can probably find the right foam at like, a craft store or something.


one thing to consider, though.. is that when you take the mounting rings off, you'll be left with the 4 holes that hold it into the body. which may not be very attractive.
if you've got a guitar with a solid colour finish, it might not be too hard to fill them in, and go over them with a dab of paint that matches the finish. but with a natural finish, it might be tougher. still do-able, though.