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Pickup Plane

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The neck angle on an LP is carved into the top, and without the pickup plane it would end half way between the two pickups. This would look ugly, reduce string clearance where you need to be picking, and leave the two pickups at significantly different angles. So, the easiest solution is to plane in the 'pickup plane', which is simply a flat area which starts by the end of the fretboard, and extends to just in front of the bridge.

You don't need to calculate it, just mark the bridge location and the end of the fretboard, and join the two lines with a flat area. I now do this with a sharp jack plane, it's a very quick process.

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