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    Anyone have any ideas about relatively easy and reproducible ways to engrave humbucker covers and baseplates?

    Has anyone tried and/or had any success stamping a humbucker cover with a metal punch?

  • #2
    Originally posted by jrdamien View Post
    Anyone have any ideas about relatively easy and reproducible ways to engrave humbucker covers and baseplates?
    It's called a "Laser Engraver".

    Originally posted by jrdamien View Post
    Has anyone tried and/or had any success stamping a humbucker cover with a metal punch?
    No.
    Pepe aka Lt. Kojak
    Milano, Italy

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    • #3
      You could pick up a used 2D engraving pantograph for very little and have someone with a CNC mill make you a master engraving in brass or plastic to trace. Another way would be to apply a mask and chemically etch or sandblast the exposed surface.

      A metal punch could work but it will distort the metal surface.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by David King View Post
        You could pick up a used 2D engraving pantograph for very little and have someone with a CNC mill make you a master engraving in brass or plastic to trace. Another way would be to apply a mask and chemically etch or sandblast the exposed surface.

        A metal punch could work but it will distort the metal surface.
        Pantograph. That's exactly the kind of idea I was hoping for. Excellent.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LtKojak View Post
          It's called a "Laser Engraver".
          I have no idea how good this machine would be or if the price is reasonable, but just passing on a link I came across elsewhere:

          https://www.yankodesign.com/2019/12/...ing-even-food/
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          • #6
            Most lasers don’t engrave on reflective surfaces. You would need something called a fiber laser. I think they start around $6k. Also I don’t think you’ll have much success engraving chrome plated covers. You would need to plate them after engraving. Etching or maybe diamond drag engraving might work on nickel plating.

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            • #7
              You can engrave metal with a regular CO2 laser when the surface of the metal piece is coated with a marking product such as CerMark.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jrdamien View Post
                Anyone have any ideas about relatively easy and reproducible ways to engrave humbucker covers and baseplates?

                Has anyone tried and/or had any success stamping a humbucker cover with a metal punch?
                The least expensive rout is to have a metal stamp custom made. Should be less than $200 of you can supply the artwork. Make a jig to center it up and strike it with a hammer.

                That's how I did it back in the day before I could afford to have baseplates made in high enough quantities to justify having our logo engraved.

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