j. pierce Posted June 26, 2007 Report Share Posted June 26, 2007 I'm working on a carved top build. Originally, the plan was to use a Gisbon-style toggle for the pickup selection, but I'm now leaning towards a blade switch for the added options it gives, and particularly because it will allow me to have the pickup blend pot only active when both pickups are selected. (I haven't been able to find a true triple-throw switch in similar form factor to a Gibson type toggle - if anyone knows of one, that would make my life much easier!) So now mounting this switch in a carved top becomes an interesting task. I know blade switches mounted to the wood is possible, (Warmoth sells bodies routed for this) and I've seen PRS guitars with a carved wood top with the switch mounted to the wood. I'm just not sure how to go about doing it. I've searched, as I thought I saw something here once, but no luck. Google's not being helpful. The top is already carved. My plan was to take the router, and put in a small flat area on the top of the guitar where the switch would be, so I'm dealing with surfaces parallel to the bottom and not trying to mount the whole thing at some wierd angle (I would imagine this would complicate things.) This area should be small enough to be easy to blend in easily. Then I'd figure I'd drill the mounting holes, and two small holes for the far limits of the slot. I'm thinking I can rig up something for my dremel router base to ride on/against, (so it too is resting parallel to the bottom of the guitar and not riding on the angled carve) or maybe even some sort of glorified over-arm router base for my dremel, (which may be necessary if the dremel router base gets fouled by the carved top) Then obtain an appropriate bit (I believe I may have one for routing inlay) and route the slot between the two holes. Obviously something for the dremel to ride against (to keep a straight line) would be a good idea. I figure if I route the slot to the same depth as required for mounting the switch, I can then flip the body over, and carefully route an area just large enough for the switch to to rest in, and go a hair at a time; I'd know when to stop when the slot shows through. The whole process is a little intimidating - I'd hate to butcher my work up to this point for a switch, so perhaps I'd be better served by a rotary switch which I'd be a little more comfortable installing, but I'd rather have some sort of a toggle. The other option I suppose is some sort of a plate, but I feel like if I went that route, I'd want a chromed one rather than something I could make myself outof pickguard material, and I haven't seen anything like that available unless I want to hack up a tele plate. I don't know, maybe I'm making something out of nothing - and sorry this rambles as I'm apt to do. Any advice would be appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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