The Repair Shop here at Mass Street is always up for a challenge when it comes to satisfying the requests and mods of our customers. This time around Matt H. was tasked with turning a three pickup Stratocaster into a dual humbucker configured guitar. The easiest way to accomplish this was routing out the entire pickup cavity, and creating what’s known as a swimmming pool route. After carefully measuring, and marking out exactly what material will be removed from the body, Matt then setup a custom template/jig for drilling and routing out the excess material.
Check out our mini-gallery of photos of the process, along with a little bit of video showing off a bit of the Repair Shop.
First off the finished pickguard is used as a template for what material to remove
Next, Luthier Matt H. traced the finished dimensions onto painters tape to preserve the guitar’s finish
Then the custom Mass Street jig was assembled and prepped
Custom Mass Street pickup routing jig is setup and ready for action