#1
Hey,
I have a a standard MIM Telecaster and I want to remove the lipstick (neck) pickup and put a humbucker in there. My question is: Will there be enough room in the body to do that? Obviously, I'll have to get a pickguard that will hold a humbucker, but will I have to carve a bigger opening at the neck position to fit the humbucker or will it fit? Thanks!
#2
according to google images, and what I remember from lookign under my friend's MIM tele's pickguard, you'll need to route underneath the pickguard to fit a humbucker.

want to know for sure?

take the pickguard off yours
#4
Shoot, I was afraid of that...Thanks for the replies.

Anyone know how much it'd cost to have a luthier or technician do a very minimal route job?
#5
you'd probably find it much cheaper to take it to a local woodwoorking place, for something like that.
routing for the humbucker really isn't any different than routing a cavity in 'normal' wood, and I think in most cases, any woodshop is probably gonna charge you less than a luthier

..that being said, I have no idea what they charge..
theres no harm in making some calls to luthiers and shops to find out what they'll charge, though. thats your best bet
#6
Hey, just my opinion, what about a humbucker in single coil size? I mean, would that possible to use?
An Augmented 4th or a Diminished 5th?


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#7
It's still need routing most likely - the lipstick pickup is smaller than a standard single coil.