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I've got some jazzmaster pickups on order to put in my CIJ jag. I wanted the jazz pickups with the short scale.

 

Anyone who's done this who can give me any tips? Obviously I'm going to have to route out a bit for the wider pickups, but how deep should I go? Probably not as far down as the original route as the jazzer pickups aren't as deep as the jaguar.

 

Also, any suggestions as to pickup placement? I don't know if the bridge location allows for the jazz bridge pickup to have its pole pieces positioned exactly where the jaguar's would be. Even if it were, perhaps it would sound better a little further from the bridge.

 

Any other pitfalls to consider?

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If you have the money for it Curtis Novak makes Jazzmaster Pickups that fit a JAguar without any routing needed - http://curtisnovak.com/pickups/JMx-Jag.shtml

 

As for the positioning, Jaguars and Jazzmasters use the same bridge, and have adjustable string spacing (the multiple notches on the bridge saddles allow you to adjust for what you want) and have the same pickup pole spacing.  Also, it does not have to be perfect for the stings to line with the poles as they obviously would not with string spacing changes anyway.

 

That above is the easiest part.

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If you have the money for it Curtis Novak makes Jazzmaster Pickups that fit a JAguar without any routing needed - http://curtisnovak.com/pickups/JMx-Jag.shtml

 

As for the positioning, Jaguars and Jazzmasters use the same bridge, and have adjustable string spacing (the multiple notches on the bridge saddles allow you to adjust for what you want) and have the same pickup pole spacing.  Also, it does not have to be perfect for the stings to line with the poles as they obviously would not with string spacing changes anyway.

 

That above is the easiest part.

 
I thought about it, but it was going to cost a fair bit to ship them to the UK. Also, as fair as I'm aware, the novaks aren't height adjustable? If that's the case, it would bug me.
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What I'm unsure about is the position of the pickups & routes. As the jazz pickups are wider than the jag, the new route for the jazz bridge pickup would have to extend RIGHT up to the bridge itself, in order to position the pickup such that its pole pieces were where the pole pieces for the jag pickup were. A similar issue with the neck pickup - extending the route right up to the neck cavity (seems like a bad idea!).

 

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So any suggestions as to where to place the pickups that is practically possible, and for the best sound?

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