Today we were supposed to be going down to visit the in-laws for lunch, but a generous sprinkling of the white stuff in the night meant that the hill up the lane was too slippy to drive up.
So we got stuck halfway up, and I had a fairly hairy experience backing down the hill again, trying to avoid sliding off the side into the field 50 feet below. So, after strong a cup of tea to recover, I suddenly found myself with a free afternoon. And what’s this, a chisel in my hand, hmm….
OK, I’ve measured the distances about 50 times, and I’ve convinced myself where the additional pocket needs to be to accommodate my chosen pickup position as discussed yesterday. You can see in the picture that it will not quite double the width.
Well that was the before, and about 40 minutes later, this is how it looked.
and heres the pile of chippings extracted
OK, so not quite as neat as before, but I’m quite pleased with it actually, given that I probably haven’t whacked a chisel in anger since wood-work classes at school umptedum years ago, and once I install the copper sheilding and the pickguard no ones going to see it. Inspires a bit more confidence that I’ll be able to make a socket for the bridge pickup without screwing it up. So I think that’s that decision made. I haven’t been able to find the pickups I took out of beastie when she got a bit of an upgrade a few years back, although I’m sure they are in the loft somewhere, but actually since they are the original super 70’s, I probably would keep them in case I ever decide to return beastie to stock. And besides, Tele bridge pickups actually hang off the bottom of the bridge metalwork so they would be a bit wrong anyway; so it looks like shopping time again, these barenuckle pickups have had good reviews, so they are front runners unless an eBay bargain presents itself.
Here is a shot with the neck pickup held in place with a bit of blu-tac.
So first blood is drawn (well not literally you understand, although I did manage to whack the side of my thumb quite nicely with the hammer), onwards and upwards…